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Idol: Our "Cultural Proxy War"?

The Daily Beast has an interesting analysis of last night's American Idol results. In this great piece, the Beast's Randall Lane parses exclusive polling data, revealing the Red/Blue fault lines behind the upset. From the story:

With the economy roiling, the role of government shifting, the banking and auto industries in freefall, the definition of marriage in flux and a healthcare overhaul on deck, many feel good dialing and texting on behalf of an aw-shucks strummer from Conway, Arkansas. Bob Dylan and The Jefferson Airplane made headlines in the 60s, but Pat Boone and Henry Mancini sold more records.

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