Beauty pageant contestants are usually studiously politically neutral. But this year several were critical of the presidentFor no particular reason, I switched from listening to NPR – the US equivalent of the BBC – in the mornings this week to a local commercial station. As a result, I know nothing about what’s going on in Washington DC and everything that happened at the Miss America pageant. And let me tell you: a lot happened. The ceremony, which took place on Sunday in Atlantic City, was chockful of political shockers that had annual viewers of the competition wondering if they had inadvertently tuned into the politics channels.Merely to take part in a beauty pageant suggests a bias to the right, and in past years most Miss America contestants have strained, during the question-and-answer session, towards a studious political neutrality. Take Miss Arizona, answering a question about universal healthcare in 2013: “I think this is an issue of integrity regardless of which end of the political spectrum that I stand on. I was raised in a family to know right from wrong, and politics – whether or not you fall in the middle, the left or the right – it’s an issue of integrity, no matter what your opinion is, and I say that with the utmost conviction.” Quite. This year was different. Continue reading…



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