Exile on Maine Street: Middle America takes a trip to the Pine Tree State
In the minds of most people, Middle America is that massive stretch of flyover country between the coasts; a land of baseball games and picket fences, hard working, religiously-devout small-town folk, and, in recent times, closing down factories and widespread unemployment. It’s made up of states like Ohio, where in the past two Presidential elections, the media have descended upon its towns and cities to watch average American swing voters decide the fate of the nation.
For the next couple of weeks, though, Middle America is a land less about cornfields and more about lobster pots and cold Canadian winds. The central battleground in American politics has shifted to the north east corner of the country. For the time being, replace “Will it play in Peoria?” with “Does it matter in Maine?”
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I’m still on my grizzy over at the USSC blog, talking today about how some of 21st Century America’s most contentious political debates are converging upon Maine this week. For one small moment, middle America is way over in the upper-right corner of the map. And once you read that, you might like to check out my fellow USSC blogger Erin Riley repping for Yale’s Civil War course on iTunes U and how the current US health care system forces hidden costs on women.