They do legwork. Zito's column today is a good example. None of this will be in my book (alas, three-quarters of my research while good is not conducive to the story). So let me share this.
For her column today, Zito traveled to Piedmont, Ohio, which is near Cadiz, which is in coal country. The town thrived not long ago, but the EPA killed it.
Behind the counter, Jody Lawry, Barbara Larrison and Barb Wheeler greet customers warmly and cheerfully banter with each other.
All three are stunned to learn that two support Trump and the other “feels the Bern” of Bernie Sanders' candidacy.
“Wait, you like Trump too?” Lawry asks Larrison as Wheeler admits that Sanders has her vote.
“We never talk about politics here,” Larrison says. “And to be honest, people are cautious to admit if they like Trump because the media makes you feel as though that is something to mock.”I have no idea how this affects Tuesday's primary.
But I can say that if she visited Nitro, West Virginia -- a town devastated by the loss of the chemical industry -- she would find similar reactions.
Blindly following open borders and never questioning unlimited free trade have hurt America almost as much as socialism does. But just like you cannot say you support Trump, you cannot say anything bad about free trade.
It is the Global Warming of the Conservative Commentariat.