New York

Home field advantage

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Wondering what it’s going to be like encountering Republican matrons on the inner-city streets of Cleveland, hostile territory in more ways than one. I think back to an interview I did with an Arkansas lady at the Republican Convention this September, where midtown was so locked down that you couldn’t travel down many streets unless you were a delegate in a motorcoach.

“I almost succumbed to the threat. That the terrorists would do something.”

(She’s explaining how she almost didn’t come to New York.)

“But I’m glad I didn’t let them win. I even took a cab ride tonight!”

She is asked if she plans to take the subway next.

“No way! I would never do that!”