I picked up Belladonna at Grand Valley State University last night.
For those who are not familiar with Grand Valley, it is located about 10 miles west of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Grand Rapids is a very conservative, religious observing, Republican leaning metropolitan area. The metropolitan area has a population of approximately one million.
I was west bound on Michigan 45 at 6:30 PM. The traffic was backed up all the way to the freeway. Stop-and-go.
Finally, we crested a hill and there was an accident blocking the left lane a half mile ahead. The two lanes of traffic "zippered" into one like a sychronized swim team as soon as it crested the hill and it became clear which lane was blocked. That was a full half mile (maybe even three-quarter mile) from the accident.
The left lane was empty for the entire 1/2 mile. Nobody tried to race ahead and wedge their way in.
It was SSMMMOOOOOOTH. I cannot recall seeing anything like it before.
They made it look easy.
Conservatives get a bum rap for not being "civic minded". Granted, we are resentful of money pried out of our wallets without our approval. In other contexts that is considered theft. But when it comes to things like driving where the individuals are both autonomous and anonymous, there seems to be positive correlation between "good" driving and normative conservative values...at least in Michigan.