The Contra Costa Times had a recent article that noted that Danville has the highest percentage of registered Republicans of any city or town in the Bay Area, at 43.1% of all registered voters, followed by Atherton and Hillsborough. The Article also noted that last election, Obama actually received more votes than McCain in Danville.
I do not know anything about Atherton or Hillsborough(other than they are wealthy communities), but have resided in Danville for almost 15 years, so I feel have a pretty good pulse on what makes up your "normal Danvillian".
First, we tend to be highly educated, value family, community, public safety, and are actively(sometimes too much) involved in our children's activities, whether school, sports, or social events. Very few of us are divorced, and most families have a mom and a dad, who both are involved in raising the children. We are patriotic, love a good fourth of July parade, and fully support our military, and law enforcement, and their families. Most of us are actually doing better than our parents did financially, and we want our children to do even better than we have done. We are optimistic, and believe that if you work hard, play by the rules, you can achieve success. We suffer losses just like anyone else, but we do not blame others for them, and we celebrate when our neighbors succeed, and are not envious of them, or their success.
Finally, we are fiscally conservative and do not live beyond our means. We save for college when our children are born, we save for retirement when we are young, and we carry plenty of insurance, whether auto or life, in case a casaulty strikes. We do not expect the goverment to do much more than provide roads, military, police, courts, schools, etc., and we certainly do not expect the government to take care of us financially.
Looking at the above, I think I understand why Danville voted for Mr.Obama last election. We knew we needed a change, we knew the economy was in trouble, and we were concerned that Mr. McCain was in poor health and that Ms.Palin was not qualified to be Vice President(or truthfully anything else) Mr.Obama also said all the right things, did all the right things during the campaign, and we followed our gut more than our brains.
Four years later, in 2012, I am very confident that Danville will return to the Republican party and vote in favor of Mr. Romney. With his business background, his fiscal conservatism, his view on the government being too big, and his need to cut the deficits and make our country live within our means, is right on point with values we have in Danville. We have also seen Mr.Obama fail to keep most of his promises, and in four years there has truthfully been little to no economic recovery. When he talks about the "Evil 1%" he wants to blame for "not paying their fair share", he is talking about us Danvillians, and we all know, we pay our fair share and more. We take care of our families and our neighbors, we live within our means, and we play by the rules, and value success and hard work. Moreover, the fears we had about Ms.Palin, are seen in Mr. Biden almost every time he opens his mouth.
Danville is not the problem in our country, even though Mr.Obama likes to blame us "1%" people. In fact, if more cities and towns were like the people in Danville, America would be a much better place.
God bless Danville, and God bless America.(and f.y.i., do not mention God in the Democratic platform or Mr. Obama will be upset)