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A South Carolina political meeting

By Will Straw  

Yesterday evening I attended a local Democratic party meeting. At first glance it didn’t seem so different from a local political meeting in Britain: thirty-odd people in a room fit for twice that number; various notices for local fundraisers and fetes; the odd petition being passed around at the back of the room. But it was subtly different too. In the same way that Americans don’t stand for office, they run, chairpeople don’t sit at a table next to a green ink-wielding secretary, they stand at a podium and keep a steady pace to proceedings. There wasn’t even a single…

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