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My grandfather was a big deal in Republican politics in Philadelphia in the forties and fifties. He won an election or two, he was on the national committee. When we cleared out my father's house and my uncle's, you wouldn't believe the number of elephants we found -- not to mention the inauguration memorabilia.

My uncle, this grandfather's last son, died recently. He told me that in the fifties on Election Night everybody would gather in his family's house to wait for the election returns -- Republicans, Democrats, it didn't matter. They all got together to eat and drink and argue and wait for the results. it was like Superbowl. People disagreed, they were passionate, but in the end they were all in community to support a system they really believed in.

It's hard to believe that was only a few decades ago.
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