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Later, Noonan's niece's fiancé, Dominic—is he one of those"Italians kids from old Bay Ridge" that Noonan mentioned above? not sure—wanted to be a little bit more clear about what was going on in that head of Peggy Noonan's. Noonan explained to Dominic what it was that they had just witnessed, because apparently, Dominic was to dense to understand on his own. Dominic, c'mon!
Noonan told him exactly what was going on in the minds and hearts of all the people they'd seen that day: "Family is important, so is faith, variety is a given, it’s baked in the cake. They want peacefulness, education for their kids, they want to rise, they don’t want crime. They don’t want a dangerous culture, one they have to protect their kids from. They’re like every other immigrant that’s ever been, they don’t want to have government bother them, overregulate them or squish them down, they want everyone to get help if they need it, they want to get good jobs and be free to be who they are and also become who they want to be."
Basically, sweet, simple Dominic, they all want to be Republicans! They just don't know it yet. Which is why, even though Noonan says that the people she saw are "politically up for grabs," it might come as a surprise to her to know that Bay Ridge is comprised of roughly 50% Democrats, 25% Republicans, and 25% undecided or Independents. Although Bay Ridge is certainly more politically conservative than Park Slope, it is still a strong Democratic force.