“We got too many Jim DeMints and Tom Coburns,” Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) told the Columbus Dispatch. “It’s the southerners…They get on TV and go ‘errrr, errrrr,'” he said. “People hear them and say, ‘These people, they’re southerners. The party’s being taken over by southerners. What they hell they got to do with Ohio?'”
Well, considering that Ohio south of Canton is in the North only by historical accident, and not by culture, and considering how many of his constituents are from West Virginia, quite a bit actually. I suppose that it would have been better if we’d lost the War for Southern Independence so that the servile sons of Serbs and Slovenians could Commify and gun-ban to their hearts content, without any wild freedom-loving Scots-Irish to cause them trouble… which is another way of saying that if it weren’t for the South, this country would be royally screwed.
Personally, I wouldn’t much mind if the Southerners started a real Civil War, as in “All your base are belong to us”, as opposed to “Leave us alone, and no, we aren’t paying duties, so leave Ft. Sumter to us.” Tom Coburn is a statist pig, but he would be infinitely preferable to Voinovich.