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Homegrown Democrat by Garrison Keillor
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Jan 17, 12

bookshelves: nonfiction, biography-memoir
Read from January 15 to 17, 2012

This little gem couldn't have come at a better time to firm up my sagging politics, especially under assault by the ridiculous collection of Republican candidates as they squabble and debate and hurl nasty ads at one another, to reaffirm some of my core beliefs as expressed so much better than I could, and give me a little grin in the telling. I would love to see GK invited to speak to a young Republicans gathering (hoping he would at least receive a respectful hearing) and wouldn't be surprised if half the assembled disavowed their fealty to the party of the Elephant. Repeatedly I smiled at devastating riffs against privilege and pomposity and thoughtful explanations for his promotion of Democratic ideals. I often have come to the same conclusions, but with rising anger and irritation, and Keillor instead seems to put down the thoughts in such a calm, yet forceful, way. I wish I had that ability.
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