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Arianna v the Tea Party

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Listening to Arianna Huffington on NPR –  going to see her at a breakfast time debate tomorrow.

She’s taking calls from angry and anguished Americans who believe her claim that we’re in  “Third World America”.  I haven’t read it yet, but I was struck just now when a listener called John exclaimed,  “I don’t understand why poor people vote for Republicans!” 

It took me back to a great book by Thomas Frank, “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”  http://us.macmillan.com/whatsthematterwithkansas

Who gets the respect of middle class Americans today worried about their status … their incomes …their economic survival? Arianna or the Tea Party?

Author: philippathomas

I've been a BBC newswoman for 28 years: reporting from around the world. Currently to be seen anchoring BBC World News TV. Main interests - politics, diplomacy, tech, media, arts and all things American. I began this personal blog as a 2011 Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard. You can also find me talking daily news on Twitter at @PhilippaBBC, and sharing anything from travel photos to my year in books on Instagram at @philippanews. Thanks for reading!

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