Last night, as I sat watching all the noisy commentary and banter of election night, I kept hearing echoes – faint, but familiar. They weren’t coming from the reporters or the pundits, but from the numbers themselves – especially when the election map turned to middle-of-the-country places like Missouri, Indiana, Ohio and Kansas.
What was coming back to me, as the numbers rolled in, were the comments I’d heard during the spring of 2005, when I spent 50 days on the road talking politics with people who live along US Route 50. That highway slices through the heart of the nation, from Maryland to California. I figured if I spent some time with people who live along that road, I’d understand more about why people vote the way they do.Continue reading
Bizarrely, this morning's Washington Post, which carried a story on the front page noting that the ethics issues and scandals plaguing House Republicans may be enough to cost the GOP their majority, suggests, on the very next page, that Sen. Lincoln Chafee, by raising his opponent's record--or lack thereof--in prosecuting ethics charges in contentedly corrupt Rhode Island, is engaging in "gutter" politics.Continue reading