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  •  You might want to... (0+ / 0-)

    ... look up the definition of the word "erstwhile", David.

    •  ...David knows what erstwhile means... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...I'd like to know what point you're trying to make. I'd also say David Brooks is an erstwhile chronicler of the virtues of the exurbs.

      Exurbs is a quaint term for where white folks went to after they bailed on the cities when forced busing took place.

      Ignorance is bliss only for the ignorant. The rest of us must suffer the consequences. -7.38; -3.44

      by paradise50 on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 08:23:17 PM PST

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      •  Yeah, all I meant (3+ / 0-)
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        was that, a while ago (2004-ish), he used to talk about the exurbs all the time, as if he'd decoded the final enigma in American political analysis. Then, after 2008, after Dem turnout cranked up and the '04 election looked more like an aberration (and also after the bloom came off the exurban rose, after all the adjustable-rate ARMs used to purchase those exurban McMansions imploded and all those long exurban commutes became unmanageable thanks to higher fuel prices), he suddenly stopped talking about the exurbs and didn't look back.

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        by David Jarman on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 08:44:04 PM PST

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        •  Brooks isn't the only one (3+ / 0-)
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          who went on about that.  One statistic repeated ad nauseum after the 2004 election was that 97 of the 100 then fastest-growing counties voted for Bush, which included a large number of exurban counties.  Commentators treated that almost as the GOP's silver bullet for winning elections then and after.  

          Of course, many such areas are not as fast growing and/or as Republican as then, making that one of many seeming political truths that look at best dated, and often ridiculous, a decade or less later (remember the "moral values voters" and "security moms" hype?)

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          by Mike in MD on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 09:04:31 PM PST

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      •  No, they went first to the inner ring suburbs... (0+ / 0-)

        That was considered paradise, but then those pesky urban folk started moving in there, too, so they just "had" to escape to the mcmansions and gated communities don't ya know!


        by LordMike on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 09:27:51 PM PST

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