At midday on the eve of the 2008 presidential election, National Public Radio's home page spotlighted an unlikely place: Walsh, Colorado, located in the southeast corner of the state. Why? NPR correspondent David Greene uses the community (population: 700) as a symbol of American small towns that will play a big part in determining the country's next commander-in-chief. Predictably, John McCain seems to be doing pretty well with the citizenry; even the town's mayor, whose son, a National Guardsmen, will soon be heading off to serve in Iraq eventually decided to back the Republican standard-bearer. Yet the big winner may be TV reality shows: a woman who's been closely watching campaign developments says that once the voting is over, she'll be able to concentrate on Top Chef again. Thank goodness.
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