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Aliquippa, PA: You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby!

Map Detail of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
(aka “anatomy of a swing state)

“I’m no racist, but I’m not crazy about him either. I don’t know, maybe ’cause he’s black…I’ve got to vote for him. The democrat. I can’t be stupid.”

–Aliquippa, Pennsylvania native Nick Piroli, explaining why he’s willing to reach deep down and jump the great racial chasm to vote for Barack Obama next week, in a New York Time’s interview with Michael Powell. (NYT, October 27, 2008.)

Maybe there is hope for our country yet.