This will not come to a surprise to anyone who lives in Nebraska, but now it’s official: This state is really red. Not Husker Red. Republican Red.
A new Gallup survey says Nebraska is the seventh most Republican state in the union right now, based on interviews with more than 170,000 Americans. Republicans hold a 16-percentage-point advantage over Democrats in Nebraska, according to Gallup.
The only states more crimson are Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Alaska, North Dakota and Kansas. I’m from North Dakota, and I think Nebraska is more Republican, so there.
I was a little surprised South Dakota didn’t make the Top 10 Republican states.
On the Democratic side, the deepest-blue people resided in the District of Columbia, Hawaii and Maryland. Rounding out the Top 10 were Connecticut (I’ve also lived there, and can confirm that), New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, Illinois and Delaware.
No surprises there except for Hawaii — I didn’t realize those Hawaiians had such a blue streak. Can anyone explain that?
From none other than U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, in 2006, when he was urging his colleagues not to approve an increase in the debt ceiling to $9 trillion (it’s now $14.3 trillion):
The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.
According to USA Today, Obama’s spokesman said Obama was trying to make a point about President Bush’s need to get serious about fiscal discipline.