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Noonan really tries to hammer home the point that these people she saw in Bay Ridge "are not Democrats and Republicans, they are citizens. And who wins them, wins the future. They haven’t inhaled a political persuasion, they’re getting a sense of both parties, they’re meeting them." Which is weird, because she also notes that, while there IS an Obama 2012 booth at the fair, there is NO Romney booth. But then, she'd be the first to admit that just about everyone hates Romney, it's just that some people hate Obama more.
Noonan is hopeful though. She's hopeful that someday all of America will be like Brooklyn. Much like how "the Irish and Italians and Germans and Slavs...became: the American people" perhaps someday all of the Asians, Italians, Arabs, Latinos, and Nordic dominatrix-types will also become American people.
Who knows? Maybe even the Black-Eyed Peas will become part of Peggy Noonan's America. For a Republican in Brooklyn, anything is possible. Even Fergie's salvation. Even that.
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