Main Street, Wasilla

All four candidates have conjured Main Street in the two debates this fall, usually juxtaposed against the evils of Wall Street. Barack Obama got to it in the fifth sentence of his opening remarks in last week’s debate , and McCain was quick to follow. Biden and Palin have both already invoked the proverbial boulevard of the middle class.

“I think we need a little bit of reality from Wasilla Main Street there, brought to Washington, D.C.,” Palin said tonight

So, what’s Main Street like in Palin’s hometown of Wasilla, Alaska, where she was mayor for six years? Google Maps reveals a diminutive road of a few blocks connecting Wasilla Fishhook Road and Knik Goose Bay Road. To verify this, your intrepid correspondent called the Wasilla Public Library , located at 391 N. Main Street. (The time difference really benefits the Washington media elite.) The woman who answered the phone, who asked to be identified as Kathy, told me, after some consultation with a colleague, that it was four blocks long.