The Branson Experience

Dee Dee Jacobs, SBJ Web EditorRoger Cohen, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, is traversing Missouri to gauge just how Election Day could go next month. He calls the Show Me State “America miniaturized,” because of its ability to vote for the winner in every presidential election since 1904, with the exception of 1956.

Today, we get Cohen’s take on Branson.

In his column titled “Presley, Palin and the Heartland,” Cohen draws comparisons between Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Branson Mayor Raeanne Presley – “a high-energy brunette running a small town” – and says her honest, can-do attitude and no-nonsense practicality represent what the U.S. needs to relearn under a new leader. His encounter with Presley revived his faith in American democracy, he says.

Cohen also calls Branson red-state central, but points out that Barack Obama and John McCain are neck and neck in the state polls, and it’s anyone’s game.

Do you think Missouri will pick the next president?

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