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The Apocryphal Cocktail Party Gambit


This is true:

Thers’ Fifth Iron Law of the Internets: Twice as many people have gone on the Internet to claim they stopped being liberals because of things said at coastal liberal cocktail parties than, statistically speaking, could have ever attended coastal liberal cocktail parties to begin with.

The article that inspired the observation is a real classic of the genre. I especially liked the bit about how Texas isn’t the conservative state everyone else of every political persuasion sees it as being because it “has had 48 governors; six were Republicans.” Coke Stevenson, what a liberal icon! I would suggest that the author skip the next non-existent cocktail party put on by obsessive New Yorker readers and spend some time googling “one-party South” or perhaps even “white primary.”

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