I expect better cohesion from an AP article. Who is editing these pieces? "The election of Arkansas’ most famous native son to the White House also put the Natural State into the spotlight. (I assume the writer refers here to Bill Clinton) In his book, Blevins recounts a Saturday Night Live sketch in which comedian Dana Carvey, impersonating Ross Perot, notes that a half-million dollars is “enough to buy a still and a new outhouse for every family in Little Rock.” (Unfortunately, the next sentence isn't about Bill Clinton, but former presidential candidate Ross Perot)
(Now, here we jump back to Bill Clinton)Despite the less-than-flattering parody, the former president did make his home state look good, Blevins said.
“One of the things that the Clinton presidency also did was reinforce the notion that Arkansas wasn’t just a hillbilly state,” Blevins said. “We had a Rhodes scholar, Yale-educated governor who went on to become a two-term president of the United States. Certainly he was no hillbilly, no backwoods buffoon, despite what some of the pundits said.”
While the overall content of the piece is good, it is fitted together like a dollar store puzzle.
October 9, 2009 at 10:38 p.m.
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