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"We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit and these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard-working, very patriotic, very pro-America areas of this great nation,” Sarah Palin"Real America" serves as a proxy for White America. All that is "really truly" American is White to the minds of many. Removed from the label of "Whiteness", then it becomes easy to deny the existence of race, or to proclaim that you don't see race. In the end, you don't need to see race, because all concepts that would normally be packaged into a conception of White race are subsumed in your concept of "America". Does anyone think that Sarah Palin was considering rap, jazz, César Chávez, or Japanese internment when she was referring to "real America"? Not likely. She was talking about small, rural, white towns where race is not an issue because there is only one race present.
"Liberals and conservatives don’t have a failure to communicate. They disagree. Critics play gotcha with the so-called centrists, asking how they can support same sex marriage and also give money to marriage opponent John Boehner. But that is such a cheap shot. The problem is not inconsistency on one position or another. There is no point at which a rational person can embrace both parties. For the two parties, roughly mapping onto liberal and conservative, it’s disagreement all the way down.
This is so, because, contrary to the wishful thinking of the why-can’t-we-all-just-get-along crowd, political principles don’t just come from nowhere. They start at the most fundamental level: what counts as knowledge? What does it mean to be a person? Different kinds of people require and deserve different forms of government." Hirshman The Myth of the Middle Melts Like SnowThe idea that there is a large group of people out there that seems to think that evolution and creationism are both great ideas or that women should have the right to choose and abortion should still be outlawed, is nonsense.
"Start with the premise of the book. It is that independents are all swing voters ready to move right or left politically—or in Killian’s feverish imagination, toward some inchoate centrist formation of the No Labels variety. This premise is based on the greatest myth in American politics: that independents are actually independent. They are not. As numerous studies have shown, the overwhelming majority of Americans who say there are “independent” lean toward one party or the other. Call them IINOs, or Independents In Name Only. IINOs who say they lean toward the Republicans think and vote just like regular Republicans. IINOs who say they lean toward the Democrats think and vote just like regular Democrats.Sphere: Related Content
Just how strong is this relationship? In 2008, according to the University of Michigan’s National Election Study (NES), 90 percent of independents who leaned Democratic voted for Obama, actually a higher level of support than among weak Democratic partisans (those who said they were “not very strong” Democrats), 84 percent of whom voted for Obama. Among Republican-leaning independents, a still-high 78 percent voted for McCain, compared to 88 percent support among weak Republican identifiers."