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The Flag Pin



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Senator Obama’s sudden turnaround on the flag pin seems like an astonishing (and frankly very surprising) bit of cynicism. But if he is actually cynical enough to do it for West Virginia votes, having criticized those who wear the pin when more urbane cosmopolitan votes were up for grabs, how could he not be clever enough to understand how this will be perceived? Obama is the only person who has really made an issue of the pin in this campaign, and having said it was a ploy to use substitute patriotism to stir up simpletons, how could he fail to understand that wearing it now is akin to calling West Virginia voters simpletons? Very strange.



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