Friday, October 31, 2008

What is the deal with Kissimmee?

And please don’t ask me how to pronounce it. I’m not sure whether the emphasis is on the first or second syllable. Anyway, when it’s not an automatic stop for presidential candidates—and I’m still trying to figure that out—it’s mostly notable for having dozens of hotels that provide easy access to nearby Walt Disney World. So Sen. Barack Obama (D.-Ill.) stopped by with former President Bill Clinton earlier in the week, which I noted because the Chicago Tribune reporters accompanying the campaign wrote that Clinton won Florida twice. (Thanks to me, a correction appears in today’s Oct. 31 Tribune on page 2.) Now I come across a Tribune photo of Gov. Sarah Palin (R.-Alaska) appearing at a campaign rally in Kissimmee. I guess one explanation of Kissimmee’s prominence is that it lies along the I-4 corridor, considered the swing part of the most populous swing state. BTW I-4 is an “interstate” highway that is entirely in Florida. Odd.

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