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Today’s malaise may not measure as high on the “misery index” invoked by Ronald Reagan to defeat Carter. But at a time of partisan paralysis, distrust in institutions and fundamental doubts that the American dream is accessible beyond the well-connected, these archetype Americans — and their hustle — may resonate not just with viewers, but also with voters in Hollywood.
John Rash is a Star Tribune editorial writer and columnist. The Rash Report can be heard at 8:20 a.m. Fridays on WCCO Radio, 830-AM. On Twitter: @rashreport.
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