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From the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34
Is Tulsa the “real America”?
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is ...
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is inspired by the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34 In 41 years as a print and broadcast journalist, most of those years with the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, Pat has covered national politics under eight American presidents. He's attended 10 national political conventions, Republican and Democratic alike, and has interviewed countless prominent political players, including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.
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I’ve always been wary  of any pronouncement that certain locales or certain populations are more representative of the “real America” than other locales or populations.

Such pronouncements often come from politicians trying to curry favor with the folks of a given area who already think of themselves as more genuinely American than the rest of us.

Consider the claim by Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential campaign that small towns are”the real America” and the “pro-America areas of this great nation.” Palin’s divisive message was that the teeming masses in our big, cosmopolitan cities are somehow un-American on the whole....

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