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Topic - Michael Tomasky
It's like a political horoscope: Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum now appears to be the "rising" candidate, generating timely buzz as his polling numbers edge up, less than two weeks before the Iowa caucuses.
Let's raise a cup o' cheer for robust, aggressive debate, especially for a democracy in an election campaign. Truth will out. Sometimes it takes awhile, but determined voters can find out what they need to know from many voices, even when the voices are raised (or especially when they're raised.) The voter, often dismissed by the intelligentsia as dumb and unrefined, knows how to select and separate the wheat from the chaff. This week, he left a lot of chaff on the wind.
"The city was, in the oft-used word of the day, ungovernable. Unsalvageable. The economy was a wreck. Nothing the city did seemed to work. Social indicators were uniformly bleak. In 1993, for the first time, a majority of births in the city were delivered to unmarried mothers," wrote Michael Tomasky in New York magazine.
'Weren't you paying attention to what was happening before your very eyes?'" he said.