For those of you not raised in the southern United States, the phrase “thank God for Mississippi” may not be familiar; it is familiar to me, born and raised in Alabama and transplanted to South Carolina. You see, the places where I lived often appeared near the bottom of states listed by income, education, and other social measures. But we came out near the bottom, not at the bottom. The nadir usually belonged to Mississippi, and hence the saying, “thank God for Mississippi,” that we’re not on the bottom.
Today the Republican Presidential Primaries were held in Mississippi and Alabama with a pretty even split between Romney, Santorum (small lead) and Gingrich. According to Public Policy Polling 45% of Alabama Republican voters think Barack Obama is a Muslim, but in Mississippi it’s 52%. Also Mississippi voters are a little less likely to believe in evolution than those from Alabama.
So with the rest of the normal people in my home state, I say, “thank God for Mississippi.”