Governor Candidate Ryan Taylor Uses Insulting, Anti-North Dakota New York Times Column In Fundraising Pitch
Earlier today I wrote about what is, frankly, one of the most insulting and condescending things I’ve seen written about the North Dakota oil boom. New York Times columnist Gail Collins sniffed her nose at the blue-collar heart of the oil boom, Williston, and the city’s lack (in her opinion) of acceptable culinary options.
“If the place you love can’t quite climb out of the recession, think of this as consolation,” she wrote. “At least you’re not living in a man camp and waiting half an hour in line for a Big Mac.”
Because it’s better not to have a job at all, right?
What’s amazing is that ND Governor candidate Ryan Taylor has bought in to his anti-oil narrative so thoroughly that he used Collins’ column as a fundraising pitch to supporters today. See the email below.
This is quite a departure from Taylor’s usual down-home, cowboy schtick. He goes around on the campaign trail clad in his cowboy costume, but then tries to raise money based a condescending column from a snooty New York Times writer?
Maybe Taylor sent this fundraising pitch to the wrong email list. Maybe, in stead of his North Dakota list, he meant this email to go out to the list of out-of-state liberals who have been such stalwarts in supporting North Dakota Democrat campaign sin the past.
That seems like a more plausible explanation than his thinking that this column is something most North Dakotans are going to agree with when they read it.