So, the word in the press (Slate, NYT, etc), and the Blogosphere, is...the reason Kerry lost is because the people that voted for him fit a certain stereotype that Dems can't (or don't want) to reach out to. They are looking into how to 'speak' to this person.
This is why that theory is SO wrong: (please add the obligatory-"not that there's anything wrong with that" after each line...thank you)
I am not a member of any church
I have not attended church services in almost 8 years
I have a college degree and am in the process of getting my Master's degree
I have a Passport...that has been used
I have lived in another country
I believe that being gay is not always a choice
I live in a Metropolitan area of a 'Blue State'
I do not, nor have I ever, lived in a portable home
I support civil unions
I have never watched Nascar
I don't listen to Country music
I have tattoos
I have peircings
I curse & smoke
I read...a lot
I do not own a single farm animal
I do not own a gun
I have never, and will never go hunting
I am not rich
I do not own stocks, bonds or money markets
I think any SUV bigger than a Jeep is ridiculous
I don't own a banjo...or a harmonica
I give to numerous charities faithfully
I do not live in the South or the Midwest
I prefer organic foods
I never litter
I don't say 'pop', 'sub' or 'sucker'
I don't particularly like eating meat
I have never skinned a rabbit
I do not have any relatives that married each other
I do not own overalls
I have never spoken in tongues, nor have I charmed a snake...
...and I voted for George W. Bush.
...and I am quite sure each and every 'Bush voter' has a list of things that wouldn't fit into your God, gays and guns file. Do you all fit in THIS typical liberal file?
...Back to the drawing board Mr. McAuliffe................................
(well, I have charmed many snakes, but not of the reptilian persuasion) ....
Kat also addressed this issue in her latest post...An Open Letter to the Democrats...her pre-9/11 party.
(Completely off-topic, I had NO idea that Anderson Cooper (CNN) was Gloria Vanderbilt's son!)