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Electoral Map [Nov. 3rd, 2004|08:48 pm]
Jack Phelps
These maps always make me feel a little bit less oppressed by all that red squeezing us more reasonable types.

Just a little.

Also, Harper's has a great article entitled "A Reader's Guide to Expatriating on November 3rd." Xeni Jardin asks if you can declare yourself a citizen of the internet. No, I am not leaving the country, because I love this country. Just worth reading, that's all.

[User Picture]From: heydusty
2004-11-03 11:37 pm (UTC)
If you replace what each box represents with "proportional percentage of voting persons" then it would be much different. I'm sure you understand this, but for people who read your journal and don't, we'll use my homestate of Texas as an example. Everyone likes to point and laugh at Texas because the majority of us have steadfastly supported Bush since the dirty Anne Richards v George Bush "goobernatorial" race, regardless of what little he has done for the country and, previously, the state. Also we all drive pink caddies with bull horns on the hood and wear ostrich skin boots and holster up solid gold six shooters that fire crude oil when we ride our horses through cowtown. ahem.

Kerry pulled 38% in Texas. Since we have 34 electorals, 34*.38 is 12 and 9/10th's change so we'll throw in badnariks voters on the pretense that a vote for not-bush is a vote for common sense and call it 13. 13 of those Texas boxes should be blue (mostly above & below the 'x' and below the 'T'. Dallas, Houston & Austin, respectively). And Texas has a lower overall percentage of Kerry voters on average (I think oklahoma was the only lower, not sure though). I don't think it's really as bad as that map leads one to believe if you factor every state this way.

Of course I can only offer paragraphs of poorly laid out words. I don't have fancy schmancy pictars. Plus I'm Texan, so god forbid I really know or care what I'm on about.
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[User Picture]From: tekunokurato
2004-11-04 11:01 am (UTC)
No way man, I like to criminalize EVERY state that voted for bush and assume they ALL feel that way, even if the margin was very, very small.

Just like Bush assumes that because he and his cronies control the government, they don't need to listen to the 49% of US voters that hold drastically different views.

Much nicer when everything is in black and white, don't you think?
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[User Picture]From: heydusty
2004-11-04 12:00 pm (UTC)
Well it's more poetic.

Still, I don't mean to insult your reasoning or anything like that. I've just seen too many of those califoriaoregonnewyorkmass maps on people's livejournals and blogs in the last day. You are (un)luckily the only person I've commented on the whole ordeal to (mostly because you voted libertarian - a party of reason) Boing Boing (pleasantly, I might add) had this article today:


which also links to this one:


Someone could probably write for miles about all of the maps we've seen in the last three days.
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[User Picture]From: tekunokurato
2004-11-04 09:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, no insult taken. I was just joking with ya.

I think perhaps the most impressive of all maps might be this one
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[User Picture]From: heydusty
2004-11-05 05:52 pm (UTC)

Great Article

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