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You're a state. Which one?Posted Thursday, February 7, 2008, at 9:43 AM
"I thought, if Barack Obama was a state, he'd be California," Maria Shriver said at a Barack Obama campaign rally earlier this week. "Diverse, open, smart, independent, bucks tradition. Innovative. Inspirational. Dreamer. Leader."
I've never thought of comparing someone to a state.
But if you were a state, which one would you be? Or which one would your favorite politician or celebrity be?
I'd like to think Tennessee would be a good state to be compared to. Talented people. Traditional yet progressive.
I realize some think of Tennesseeans as uneducated rednecks. Some may qualify, but I respectfully disagree about sticking that label on all from Tennessee (or, for that matter, most Southerners.)
Does Al Gore represent what Tennessee's all about? Or is Fred Thompson more of a symbol?
I'd guess some think Gore would be more of a Californian -- movie industry, liberal, environmantalist. Thompson also could be California -- or, after his allegedly "lazy" primary campaign, Florida, as in retirement haven.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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