There's much wailing and gnashing of teeth among the Tucson Intelligentsia over the defeat of the school overrides. How could the enlightened voters of Tucson--after years of training by the Star--overwhelmingly reject much needed budget overrides? Perhaps the university professors, think tank operators and newspaper editors should stop asking each other that question and turn to some real voters.
A friend of mine did just that at the Tucson gun show yesterday. Sure, it's not scientific to wander around the gun show and ask people why they think Tucson voters rejected the overrides, but the answers he received were instructive.
And the answer? "Those damn La Raza programs." For some reason the guys at the gun show didn't think that a program that teaches that the founding fathers are racists and Che Guevara was a hero deserved any more funding.
But you respond that the gun show crowd's response isn't not logical. After all, the overrides funded a lot more than TUSD Ethnic Studies programs, and some of the overrides weren't even for TUSD. That's true, and the elite opinion makers can whine about that over brie and lattes if they want, but eventually they will figure out that voters aren't exceptionally analytical. They vote on a 30-second impression: "he's an honest candidate, or "she can bring about change", or "TUSD is really screwed up and they have all these radical leftists wearing Che T shirts and teaching kids about the evil white guys."
Well, the "evil white guys" voted no. Disrespect ordinary voters long enough and they tend to do that.