Two Americas, Two House Parties

Two Americas, Two House Parties

Two Americas, Two House Parties

A campaign blog.
Jan. 2 2008 4:19 AM

Two Americas, Two House Parties

CRESTON – A quick study in contrasts between two late-nite retail campaign stops:


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The first house, in Cass County, looks like it could be haunted if it weren’t stuffed with people. Strung with a few lines of Christmas lights, it’s a relatively modest place with a wooden stove and an ice box in the back. Edwards and guests snack on cornbread.



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The Creston house feels like the last house’s rich uncle. The hostess cheerily greets everyone at the door as if it weren’t 2:30 a.m. Guests snack on mini quiches and other fine treats. Other indicators—the 50-inch flat-screen TV, the stone sculpture, the shag carpet, the plush matching furniture—suggest this might be a detour for the Middle-Class Express.


 


Not exactly the prince and the pauper, but still an interesting choice for back-to-back parties -- and perhaps an indicator that Edwards' tough-on-corporations rhetoric is resonating with more than just mill workers and their sons.