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You're spot on, I think. The other thing I always wonder is whether the press thinks of itself as less American somehow since its members don't live in those idealized Heartland places which don't exist anymore.

And didn't Norman Rockwell paint any damned urban scenes?



Yep, he painted a few.

This is one of my favorites.


I don't drink white wine either, but will admit to liking brie and lattes.

Sadly, my vote has never had a hand in picking candidates or Presidents, but that is what happens when you live in San Francisco.


The moment that I'll never forget was when Andrew Sullivan blamed me (as a liberal) for 9/11. He may have been one among many, but he's the one I remember. That's when I realized that to many in America, I "wasn't an American".

I still get sick when I think about it.


I appreciate your point about how even these "heartland" states are a lot more complicated than the media would like to think (or want to tell us); I think it's akin to that whole red/blue state nonsense, as if each state was this great homogenous blob.

On the other hand, as someone who grew up west of the Rockies for most of her life (and west of the Plains prior to 2001), it really does get old having national political decisions being made on the basis of what bothers easterners. When you've sat through enough elections in which the candidates are eliminated from the primaries before you even get to vote, and when the news anchors start calling the final results before you've even gotten to the polls that day, it's hard believing that what you do at the polls matters. (I won't even go into the ways that enormous, populous states are underrepresented in the House allocations.)

So seeing the whole Iowa-New Hampshire thing toppled has a certain appeal. Personally, I've long thought that (a) the primaries should rotate, with several states from each region being given first shot in one cycle, and (b) that the electoral college should stop being winner-take-all. As a former resident of a diverse, populous, western state, I have to say that what goes on in New Hampshire, even the new, diversified New Hampshire, has little to do with the concerns of a state like California or Arizona or Alaska.


Get rid of the electoral college entirely and go with the popular vote.

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