Go fig­ure

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

“I thought I’d just ar­rived at the end of the world,” writes Chris Graff, who worked for the As­so­ci­ated Press for 27 years af­ter land­ing in Ver­mont.

Lit­tle did he ex­pect that his once-sleepy New Eng­land state would ex­pe­ri­ence what he now de­scribes in his new book, “Date­line Ver­mont,” as a jar­ring and trau­matic po­lit­i­cal re­align­ment from one of the most Repub­li­can states in the na­tion to one of the most Demo­cratic, not to men­tion other po­lit­i­cal mile­stones.

Con­sider the elec­tion of its first fe­male gov­er­nor, Madeleine Kunin; for­mer Repub­li­can Sen. James M. Jef­fords’ so-called “dec­la­ra­tion of in­de­pen­dence”; Rep. Bernard San­ders’ im­prob­a­ble trans­for­ma­tion from gad­fly to mem­ber of Congress; and last but never least, for­mer Ver­mont Gov. Howard Dean’s me­te­oric pres­i­den­tial cam­paign and his sub­se­quent chair­man­ship of the Demo­cratic Party.

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