The arc of history…

Hassan and I spent most of the past few days in Philadelphia volunteering for Barack.  Philly was still on a high from the World Series, which seemed to roll seamlessly into the election.  I spent a day doing phone banking in North Philly, where Puerto Ricans were very enthusiastic about O.  Then we spent a couple days canvassing in South Philly, where there were some green McCain-Palin signs mixed in with the Obamamania.  But that’s not too surprising since we were only a few blocks away from Geno’s Steaks, home of the famous Philadelphia cheesesteak and the nearly as famous “this-is-America-When-ordering-speak-in-English” sign.  But we still met quite a few Obama enthusiasts, including one woman who explained to us that some of her neighbors were not voting for Obama “because the Irish are racist.” (No, the irony was not self-conscious.) Another gentleman claimed personal responsibility for turning his entire block into Obama supporters, except for one McCainite, “but we got him isolated.”

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