November 14, 2008

Gee, why am I not the least bit surprised...

...by the results of this little experiment?

Catherine Vogt, 14, is an Illinois 8th grader, the daughter of a liberal mom and a conservative dad. She wanted to conduct an experiment in political tolerance and diversity of opinion at her school in the liberal suburb of Oak Park.

She noticed that fellow students at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School overwhelmingly supported Barack Obama for president. His campaign kept preaching "inclusion," and she decided to see how included she could be.

So just before the election, Catherine consulted with her history teacher, then bravely wore a unique T-shirt to school and recorded the comments of teachers and students in her journal. The T-shirt bore the simple yet quite subversive words drawn with a red marker:

"McCain Girl."

"I was just really curious how they'd react to something that different, because a lot of people at my school wore Obama shirts and they are big Obama supporters," Catherine told us. "I just really wanted to see what their reaction would be."

Immediately, Catherine learned she was stupid for wearing a shirt with Republican John McCain's name. Not merely stupid. Very stupid.

"People were upset. But they started saying things, calling me very stupid, telling me my shirt was stupid and I shouldn't be wearing it," Catherine said.
Can we assume that it gets worse from there? Yes We Can!  Read the whole damn thing.

You know, we've been told over and over and over again by the punditocracy that Barack Obama was the post-partisan candidate (now, our post-partisan President-elect, yay!) who was going to unite us all in a new era of Hope and Change, but somehow, time after time, we've been treated to examples of how rabidly partisan and, frankly, uninterested in unity his cult-like followers are. Even, apparently, those who aren't even old enough to vote.

Funny, that. It's like they didn't get the message.

(Via Dan Collins.)

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