Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Red Road Trip 

Go ahead and protest the inauguration. But if you really want the Democrats to win next time, shouldn't you start to learn how the red half lives?

Wednesday, Nov 24 2004
In the coming weeks, many of you will be piling into your Volkswagen Splitties and puttering cross-country to Washington, D.C., for what is sure to be the Super Bowl of civic demonstration: President Bush's second inauguration. The trip, done quickly, is a four-day tear down Interstate 80, but to travel this way is to miss an enormous opportunity, especially in this current era of Red America triumphalism. As Al From, of the Democratic Leadership Council, put it: "We've got to close the cultural gap." And in that spirit, we'd like to recommend a slightly more circuitous route, a zigzag through the reddest of the red, the cathedrals of American conservatism (of course, we've also located some "blue havens," where you might find a few fellow travelers). Watch these Red Americans in their natural habitat and learn from them, perhaps even offer them a small dab of blue. What you'll find, if you follow our travel guide, is that they're not so scary after all.

About The Author

Tommy Craggs


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"