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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Oh, the Heartland. 

A little perspective on the GOP's professed love of the Heartland, via the Wall Street Journal's Thomas Frank. Here's a graf I found especially revealing:

A few days ago I talked politics with Donn Teske, the president of the Kansas Farmers Union and a former Republican. Barack Obama may come from a big city, he admits, but the Farmers Union gives him a 100% rating for his votes in Congress. John McCain gets a 0%. "If any farmer in the Plains States looked at McCain's voting record on ag issues," Mr. Teske says, "no one would vote for him."

What's commonly missing from the GOP's invocation of noble people sending their teenagers off to war while working two jobs is why those noble people are doing so: Because they can't afford to send the kids to college, or to work only 40 hours a week.

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