Ever since I was in college, I’ve had a “thing” for the state of North Dakota. Â Perhaps it was just the state’s obscurity and isolation. Â More likely, it was reading a brochure as an undergraduate on the make-up of the student body at my alma mater (America’s finest liberal arts college, now tied with a, well, a, um, er, our archrival) and learning that every state was represented save North Dakota.
Friends and I joked that perhaps North Dakota didn’t exist. Â Just after the youngest PatriotBrotherWest’s 2004 nuptials when I drove to Cincinnati to celebrate with the family, I decided to return via the Peace Garden State and found it quite beautiful. Â Given how crowded is the city where I live (and how cluttered my apartment), the open spaces of the Great Plains had great appeal. Â And downtown Fargo had a certain charm.
Fascinated by this state which hasn’t voted Democratic since, well, since before Barack Obama could read, I took special note of the news that the Democratic nominee was pulling his campaign staff out of the state. Â He once had as many as 50 staffers in eleven offices there. Â The McCain campaign had no paid staff and no offices.
And despite the Democrat’s expenditures, polls show McCain maintaining a double-digit lead.
Maybe Obama’s money won’t buy him electoral success afterall. Â We should also wonder why his campaign felt it necessary to dispatch North Dakota staffers to Minnesota and Wisconsin, two states which haven’t voted Republican since 1972 and 1984 respectively.
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