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What’s wrong with West Virginia

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What’s Wrong with West Virginia?

Wed May 14, 2008 at 03:43:26 AM PDT

Many of my online Obama supporters have been asking this question over the past few days, and I am sure are bound to be thinking this again today.  Does Obama have a problem with poorer, less educated, white rural voters?  What should be done?

Well, yesterday, I drove from Connecticut down to Virginia to pick up one of my daughters from college.  I stopped in Martinsburg WV and spent a few hours canvassing for Obama.  Martinsburg is in Berkeley County, part of the Washington DC exurbs.  Obama did better in Berkeley County than just about any other county, with the exception of neighboring Jefferson County.  Yet my experiences did not match those of the pundits.

I didn’t see a poorer less educated rural white America.  I saw a wild and wonder state that is part of the United States of America.  To borrow the words from a famous speech,

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