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Palin's Unreal America
Sarah Palin and her Slime-and-Slander Sisterhood (SS for short) are falling all over each other trying to separate the "real" America from the treasonous America. Minnesota's Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann wants members of Congress investigated for anti-Americanism. McCain senior adviser Nancy Pfotenauer explains Northern Virginia breaking for Obama in massive numbers by saying that it doesn't represent "the real Virginia." And of course Palin herself tells a fund-raising congregation in North Carolina that "the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America." The brilliant and original Nate Silver at fivethirtyeight decided to analyze the 44 cities where Palin has made campaign stops since her "coming out" in late August. "They are, on average," Silver found, "83.3 percent non-Hispanic white, 7.5 percent black, 5.2 percent Hispanic, and 4.0 percent "other". By comparison, the US 18+ population in 2000 was 72.0 percent white, 11.2 percent black, 11.0 percent Hispanic, and 5.9 percent other. Thirty-four of Palin's 44 cities were whiter than the US average." Not surprisingly, the racial composition of these 44 cities Obama visited during the same stretch "was 69.8 percent white, 17.4 percent black, 8.9 percent Hispanic, and 4.0 percent other. The percentage of whites very nearly matches the US average 72.0 percent; 22 of Obama's cities were whiter than average, and the other 26 were less white than average." Here's Sarah Palin's America:

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