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Mitt Romney with charter-school students in West Philadelphia, a section of the city where some people had never heard of him.
Mitt Romney with charter-school students in West Philadelphia, a section of the city where some people had never heard of him. Mario Tama/Getty Images
Every so often comes a stunning reminder of just how distant some Americans are from the mainstream of current events. Politico delivered one in a news story about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's visit to a charter school in West Philadelphia Thursday:
"Protesters assembled outside the building. Philadelphia police blocked off an entire city block during Romney's visit, only a stone's throw away from one of the city's most dangerous corners, and stopped pedestrians who tried to stand on the corner.
"Residents of the neighborhood stopped to stare, some of whom who had never heard of Romney before."
West Philadelphia, a predominantly African-American section of the city is about as solid a part of Obama country as Romney could visit. So you'd expect not to find many if any of his supporters there. But not having heard of him at all? For political junkies, that's hard to fathom. Yet, there it is.