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  •  I couldn't disagree more. (none)
    I realize this is anecdotal, but here goes: My husband loves to drive. Loves his car. Will only drive a stick. Even though he drives around all day, in city traffic, in the course of his work, he's more than willing to drive somewhere on the weekend for fun, and his idea of the perfect vacation would be to pick out some interesting destination a week away from home, drive there, see it, and turn around and drive home (needless to say, I refuse to allow the last). We've driven all over the country, cross-country twice, all over Canada, all over Europe, and all with him at the wheel - that's right, city gal that I am, I don't drive.

    But here's the kicker: not only is he as liberal as you could want, he's a great driver, and a very safe, responsible one. His mom, who also loved to drive, and was a great driver, wasn't just liberal, she was a socialist. Neither of them ever bought a vehicle because it made them feel macho, powerful, or armored against the rest of the world.

    Now, if only they'd make a Prius with a standard transmission, he'd buy one of those, too.

    -8.25,-8.36 As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it? - William Marcy Tweed

    by sidnora on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 08:07:33 AM PST

    •  Anecdotal and irrelevant (4.00)
      The experience and joy of driving has very little to do with the economics and demographics of energy consumption.  I love driving, too, but I don't disregard the huge burden that our oil consumption has put on the world.  Hybrids can't solve the problem.  Only a major infrastructural overhaul will suffice.

      Essential funk: 'Impeach the President' by the Honeydrippers

      by pontechango on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 08:17:32 AM PST

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      •  I thought this diary (none)
        was about cars causing Republicanism, which some people here seem to equate with aggressive, irresponsible driving, as well. The diary title was not "Cars Cause Pollution", or "Cars Cause World Energy Crisis".

        -8.25,-8.36 As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it? - William Marcy Tweed

        by sidnora on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 08:56:44 AM PST

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    •  my husband is also blue as they come (none)
      And he's not the "love the driving experience" type that your husband is.  He's the stereotypical drive-to-the-store-instead-of-walking-10-minutes, hates-public-transit type guy.  I swear, when we were in grad school in Berkeley, there was a bus that went from our street corner and stopped in front of his building, but he still chose to drive each day and racked up hundreds of dollars in parking tickets in the process.  And he never walks to the grocery store, which really is only 10 minutes away.

      Me, I drive too, but that's because I'm usually carting the kids around -- I prefer walking when I can.

      We're both somewhat isolated from our community (I'm just not a people person so have a hard time making connections).  But we're unquestionably blue!

      •  Maybe (none)
        you should try a different angle on him - forget the public-transportation issue and suggest walking. I will say, in my husbands's defense, that when he's not behind the wheel he genuinely enjoys walking and hiking, though not quite as much as I do - I walk miles every day, as well as using public transportation almost exclusively. This is not an unusual thing here in NYC, the most pedestrian-friendly American city I know, and I don't have kids to deal with, which makes it simpler.

        -8.25,-8.36 As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it? - William Marcy Tweed

        by sidnora on Thu Jan 05, 2006 at 07:28:10 AM PST

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