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How Will Palin Play? (The View from Ohio)

Last night I attended a 50th wedding anniversary party in Austintown, Ohio, just outside of Youngstown.  This is Reagan Democrat terrirtory — working class, church-going, union member types.  Given this, it was interesting to hear what people had to say about Sarah Palin — and it was almost uniformly positive, very positive.  I heard people explain that they were inspired by her life story and career, and that having her on the ticket made the race exciting. Said another — who had never voted Republican until he pulled the lever for Bush in 2004, but was now committed to McCain –  “she’s just like us.” I’m well aware that those with whom I spoke may not be representative, but it was interesting nonetheless.

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.

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