War on Louisville—or War on Kentucky?

In one corner, there is Kentucky’s upbeat governor, whose attractive wife, five biological children, and four adopted children compose a family too large to fit into the traditional governor’s mansion.  New England-bred Matthew Bevin speaks out for religious freedom, promotes infrastructure on behalf of orphans in Africa and India, and has tried every trick in the book to thwart abortionists in the Commonwealth—all the while justifying his decisions via the rhetoric of liberty, equality, and brotherhood.  Put simply, he is the very model of a modern evangelical.

In the other corner is Louisville, a blue city mortified to find itself stuck in the first red state to board the Trump train this past November.  Rather than embodying a refinement and completion of the life of the countryside, Louisville more often than not represents a wholesale repudiation of the state in which it is embedded.  For instance, the first University of Louisville Rhodes scholar happens to be an eastern Kentuckian, an Appalachian who after her tutelage in the university decided to correct the American public’s misconceptions about a stereotyped people and their rich, underappreciated religious heritage by pursuing . . . Islamic studies.  As for the slogan of Louisville’s localist movement—“Keep Louisville Weird”—it seems to have been borrowed from a similar campaign in Austin,...

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