When I was growing up on a farm outside of Wooster, Ohio, my parents used to gently mock the city values of the county seat, where, astonishingly, a Democrat was mayor. Wooster's population then was about 18,000, and it's the sort of place with a gorgeous courthouse, empty streets, and 'family values' signs in the windows of businesses downtown. Berkeley it ain't. But from the comparative conservative high ground of the countryside, it seemed like a suspicious hotbed of liberalism.
This year, my Mom, now moved to town, is going door to door for Obama.
Times do change. And it's people who change them.