Well I live in the south and also happen to lean toward the Democratic party, so I'll toss my opinion in.
I am just as disappointed as anyone that Kerry lost. But it seems that some of you want to place the blame for a Kerry loss squarely on the south and their "moral supperiority" and dislike for anyone north of the Mason-Dixon line. Well that might be plausable if only the southern states voted for Bush. However looking at a map of the red states/blue states shows that this is far from the case. Apparently the the "values" arguement (which I personally find absurd) resonates beyond the south. Also remember all states with a same sex marriage referendum voted against it including Oregon, Michigan, and Ohio.
Elisabeth said that, "I'd believe that there are a lot of intelligent people living in the south, but I also think the majority of south still holds on to archaic stereotypes regarding people living north of them. In this respect, I feel justified saying the majority of, not all, southerners were quick to vote for the guy the most readily identify with--a stupid man from Texas (in my opinion)."
I personally find this statement hypocritical. It seems that you are suggesting that southerners identify with "stupid" yet you criticize southerners as holding archaic stereotypes about northerners. Are the majority of people in the other 30 or so states that voted for Bush stupid as well? Perhaps Ohio, Colorado, and Arizona are the new, Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee.
My personal feelings on why Bush won:
People are scared that we are going to be killed and our way of life is going to be destroyed and only he can save us.
All of his failings can be convienently be blamed on Sept. 11 (some legitimatly so but certainly not all)
And the success they had at distorting Kerry's position on many of issues and scaring people senseless and making people believe that Kerry is a panzy and will wet his pants the next time that a terriorist attack occured.
Now that our Oliver Cromwell has his mandate, God bless America indeed!!!