The culture shock of a purple state

Moving out of the liberal bubble was unsettling — even though I'm not liberal 

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My Twitter feed in early May was suddenly deluged with screenshots of bubbly charts from The New York Times, which had launched an interactive tool for readers to learn if they "live in a political bubble." "Enter your address," it directed, "to see the political party of the thousand voters closest to you."

I hardly needed to enter my address to know the answer. My majority-minority, historically working-class neighborhood in Minnesota was deep, deep blue — as indeed the Times tool confirmed. "You live in a Democratic bubble," it told me. "Only 3 percent of your neighbors are Republicans." The rest were Democrats, per the chart, which showed no independents at all. Maybe my husband and I, both libertarians, were literally the only ones?

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