A distinguished columnist, editor and foreign correspondent, Wes Pruden has been a leading voice of conservative thought for more than three decades.
How Wes saw things on Dec. 7, 2012
Sometimes earthquakes in small places say something about what happens when a quake strikes in big places. Arkansas is one such small place, once regarded as an obscure redoubt of barefoot hillbillies, the butt of cheap music-hall jokes ("An Arkansas virgin is a girl who can run faster than her brothers.") The mean media stereotypes endure among the ignorant. But Arkansas, with only six votes in the Electoral College, is a small place where the politicians dream big. One of them actually became president, remembered mostly for advancing the stereotype with his cheesy sexual adventuring in the White House, and another who is still trying to get his party's presidential nomination.
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