Raw, adjective: 6. ignorant, inexperienced, or untrained: a raw recruit.
You saw this article in the Times yesterday, right? The one about how the South is increasingly politically obsolete in the wake of last week's election?
There's some interesting shit going down here. Not only is the traditional "Southern strategy" showing its irrelevance, but the race factor involved in why certain parts of the South turned so red can't be denied. Read to the end of the piece for some alarming quotations from people who had no problem being named discussing their fear of "outbreaks" from "aggressive" blacks in the wake of Obama's election. !!!
Unbelievable. Further convinces me that the Republican party is increasingly a refuge for anti-choice, anti-diversity, Christofascist reactionaries. No wonder McCain lost. You simply can't win as a representative of a party so rooted in backwards social values unless you claim them 100%. And the addition of the token Palin didn't do enough to reel those voters in, in spite of their racist fears of the supposedly Muslim-affiliated Obama.
(Can you tell I'm not quite over the election yet? There's a politics-shaped void in my morning reading these days; strange after so many years' devotion to the outcome of this particular race. But let's not even discuss the recent Palin interviews splashed all over the media. We will definitely be hearing more from her, whether we want to or not.)