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Saturday, September 27, 2008


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I didn't watch the debate, but have heard 'pieces' of it this morning - but I did speak to my Dedicated-Republican-Voting Father, who surprised his daughter by saying this morning 'McCain seemed to know more about the history of this country, but Obama is definitely really bright and well-spoken.' That was HUGE for my Father to say, a 75-yr old white male who is so loyal that he actually thought the University of Virginia could beat Southern California in football a few weekends ago. But...even with conservatives (Parker' piece in the National Review) calling for Palin to step down - if she stays on the ticket, I think that folks like my Father will go for a black man over a babbling woman (of any color).

(At least I hope so).


After another day of percolation, I think it's pretty clear that I was wrong here. Janet told me last night that she disagreed, thinking along the lines of those who found McCain unpleasant.

I think the polling so far indicates that she's right and I'm wrong. Thank Gawd.

I think the way I've had to deal directly with so many people who would qualify as "the base" has distorted my sense of independent voters across the country. As some one put it yesterday, for The Base, being a mean-spirited jerk is a feature, not a bug.

Apparently that crowd has lost its ability to reach the mainstream of American culture.

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