The geography behind Jim Jeffords' politics

Friday, June 8, 2001 at 1:00am

Jim Jeffords is the latest American politician to feel the local pressure of this country's divisive geography.

This Vermont Yankee's discomfort with the Republican Party of his roots is typical of what's happening nationwide.

If you're from the Northeast or West, your neighbors are secular in their politics, pro-choice on abortion and tolerant to liberal in their social values. If you're from the heartland that binds the Bible Belt to the Rocky Mountains, your world is pro-gun, pro-life and Christian conservative.

As a Republican, Jeffords is the odd man out

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