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You can take the girl out of Reading, but …

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My article on voters in my hometown of Reading, Ohio:

I am guilty of using my dad as a cultural barometer.

I don’t really trust polls. I find political trend pieces dubious, even in the most respectable media outlets. But when my father, who had voted for John McCain in the Republican primaries this year, announced a few weeks ago that he was switching his electoral allegiance to Barack Obama, I finally began to suspect something was afoot.

My dad, Keith — Keith the Electrician, if you like; he owns his own small electrical company — voted for George Bush in 2000 and again in 2004. He has voted for two third-party presidential candidates in his lifetime (John Anderson in 1980 and Ross Perot in 1992) and nary a Democrat. He is extremely distrustful of anything that rings of higher taxes or government mandates. And he admits he’s not a “huge fan” of Obama.

So why cast his precious Ohio vote for That One?

Go read the whole thing.


Written by Elizabeth

November 4, 2008 at 5:32 pm

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  1. Yay! I’m so happy with Ohio now! The country really proved itself tolerant and smarter than I thought last night!


    November 5, 2008 at 5:50 pm

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