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By Sao Magnifico:
Like the honey badger, Tennessee Republicans don’t give a shit. They don’t have to. Even though Tennessee is far from the most conservative state in the country (as I know from working at an tree-planting nonprofit during my sophomore year, it has a surprisingly large number of environmentalist groups; its two Republican senators, meanwhile, are hardly moderates, but they’re not unreasonably obstructionist far-right pricks like most of the Republican conference is), it’s ancestrally Republican dating back to the Civil War, and latent racial polarization as well as the state’s very public divorce from voting Democratic at the presidential level in 2000 means then-Sen. Barack Obama got pretty much wiped out here in 2008, especially in the blood-red eastern part of the state.
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