Purple America

You’ve all seen this map. Boring and not really representative of what’s going on behind those opaque swatches of red and blue. This is especially true in those large areas of low-density America that give red more weight than it deserves.

But what if the map were redrawn so that the size of each state was proportional to the number of electoral college votes each state holds? Bring on Mark Newman and his cartograms and this is what you get.

Much better. Blue certainly dominates red as the election night electoral vote count indicates. The problem is that the map is still not indicative of the red/blue distribution in each state. Mark dealt with that issue by color coding his map down to the county level to give a truer picture of what a purple America looks like.

Ribbons of blue, red and purple paint a better picture of Democratic and Republican distribution across the country.

Another excellent graphic is this map drawn up by Chris Howard who overlaid population density data on Mark Newman’s maps to show that there is very little solid red or blue anywhere in the country.

For better or worse, it really is a purple America.

(h/t: Will Femia)
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The Terribly Delusional Paul Ryan

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Paul Ryan on the real reason Obama won the election.

Well, he got turnout. The president should get credit for achieving record-breaking turnout numbers from urban areas for the most part, and that did win the election for him.

Well, yes. People in “urban areas” voted, and unfortunate as it may be for Ryan, more of them voted for President Obama than they did for Romney. This is why Ryan and his GOP buddies are on the losing side of the ledger. Simple.

But there’s more here than Ryan simply stating the obvious. People in “urban areas” is right-wing code for lazy, shiftless liberals who want free stuff and things. “Urban areas”, in Ryan-speak, is the place where blacks, Latinos and other non-white minority groups live. “Urban areas” is also the place where Republican state governments tried their best to suppress the vote.

And though Ryan would never admit it, “urban places” is where folks came out to repudiate the Republican agenda by casting a vote for President Obama. They did this because they understood long before Louisiana’s Republican governor and chief hypocrite, Bobby Jindal, ever did, that the GOP was the “stupid party”, and they wanted no part of it.

But that’s fine. Let Ryan and his fellow Republicans go on believing that this election was nothing more than a matter of who was more successful at getting out the vote. Let them go on believing that it had nothing to do with Republican’s narrow-minded, bigoted, greedy agenda that looked to favor the wealthy at the expense of the poor and middle class.

Let them keep on believing it and take comfort in knowing that for as long as they do, they’ll never win another presidential election.

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Obama, Trust and Inner Peace

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Of the many words I’ve read in the aftermath of President Obama’s victory, these next ones from one of our readers sums up best, I think, the general sentiment of those who feared what a Romney win would have meant for their beloved country.

Karen writes:

I can sum up my feelings of relief and pleasure at having President Obama in the White House for another four years with one word:  TRUST.  I feel totally comfortable with him having our back, and doing what is best for the people of this nation with every battle he has to fight and every crucial decision he makes.

Knowing this in my heart, I now have inner peace.

You and a whole bunch of other people, Karen.

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Conservative’s Three Part Tragedy

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I don’t believe conservatives and Republicans quite understand what led to the trashing of Mitt Romney and the Republican agenda. Mary Matalin lays it out in a piece titled Mendacity and Malice Won.

Her villain…

What happened? A political narcissistic sociopath leveraged fear and ignorance with a campaign marked by mendacity and malice rather than a mandate for resurgence and reform. Instead of using his high office to articulate a vision for our future, Obama used it as a vehicle for character assassination, replete with unrelenting and destructive distortion, derision, and division.

and hero…

Mitt Romney distinguished himself and conservatism with a grounded, courageous, forward-thinking problem-solving reform agenda for a nation ready to renew and starved for leadership and maturity. He is a man of integrity and character, as is his whole family. And unlike in the 1996 and 2008 Republican campaigns, which — though led by men of great personal integrity — were marked by dead-end policy prescriptions, Romney/Ryan laid a durable philosophical and policy foundation for the next generation of conservative leadership.

…and tragic end.

Unfortunately and unfortuitously, forces of nature bookended the general election: Our convention was compromised by one weather disaster and our momentum stalled by another. Two human hurricanes also radically altered the political atmosphere: Bill Clinton’s unique windbaggery constituted a campaign updraft, while Chris Christie’s deplorable and gratuitous gas-baggery infused the campaign with a toxic political pollution.

They’re hopelessly delusional but let them keep on believing this crap as their party slowly drifts into irrelevance. Despite Matalin’s misguided rant (projection, anyone?), the political narcissistic sociopath she so despises is currently the president of the United States…and will be for the next four years. That makes me smile.

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Romney Loses and a Nation Wins

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Post election thoughts.

a.  Mathematics is a beautiful thing. Nate Silver won big last night. Actually, Silver won as big with his computer algorithms which showed President Obama winning 300+ electoral votes as Rasmussen and conservative media lost big. If I was a conservative, I’d be thoroughly pissed at how my own media lied to me throughout the campaign.

Led by Rove and the other con artists at Fox (as well as the rest of right-wing media), conservatives were led to believe that Romney was going to win the election and anyone who dared say anything to the contrary were labeled as liars and liberal hacks. Well, the true liars and hacks have been exposed…again.

 

Go ahead, conservatives…go on listening to loons like Morris, Hannity and Limbaugh and you’re guaranteed to never win another presidential election

b. Is 332 electoral college votes and 51 percent of the popular vote enough for conservatives to acknowledge that President Obama has earned a mandate?

Probably not. I doubt that any number of votes could ever satisfy Republicans into accepting Barack Obama as their legitimate president. And don’t bother reminding them that they had no problem accepting Bush’s 271  and 286 electoral votes as sufficient enough to grant him no-questions-asked mandates back in 2000 and 2004 respectively. Logic and facts have no effect on these people.

So let the excuses for last night’s big loss begin.

  • Romney wasn’t conservative enough
  • Hurricane Sandy
  • Chris Christie
  • a biased mainstream media that favored the black guy
  • voter fraud on the part of Dems
  • black people
  • hispanics
  • gays
  • single women

Yawn.

c. In reality, there are three factors that led to Republican’s defeat.

  1. A terrible, soulless, flip-flopping, lying, empty candidate who was unable or unwilling to deal with the wingers in his party. They led him to adopt positions that were so far to the right of common sense, that Romney became unelectable. Thank you, Tea Party, Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain and the rest of the nutjobs who worked tirelessly, and unknowingly, on behalf of Democrats.
  2. A Republican social and economic agenda that belongs to a bygone era. Vaginal probes and a return to Bush era economics isn’t cutting it for thinking Americans.
  3. Demographics. This is the killer that Republicans better come to grips with soon or they are doomed as a political entity. Ben Smith and Zeke Miller explain.

The groups on whom Obama depended are the ones that are growing; white men, the core Republican constituency, are a shrinking minority. For the first time In 2011, minority births surpassed white births in the United States, and the longer demographic trend places white Americans in the minority by 2041. The Republican party will spend much needed time in the wilderness after this election, even as the open race for unofficially 2016 kicks off today. The future of the Grand Old Party will be determined by how well it adapts to the brand new Liberal America — indeed the Obama America — that is now here to stay.

Frum issues a warning to his fellow Republicans.

Starting today, you’ll hear a lot of Republican leaders and consultants arguing that the GOP needs to rethink its stance on immigration. I heard my CNN colleague Alex Castellanos saying so last night; apparently Jeb Bush has a book to that effect publishing soon.

So let’s be very clear:

Any idea that the immigration issue – and the immigration issue alone – would enable Republicans to staple a good chunk of the Latino vote to the conservative coalition – without changing anything else – is a dangerous self-deception.

It’s necessary of course to refrain from insulting Latinos, or, for that matter, anybody. But the crying need in the GOP is for a more middle-class orientation to politics, one that addresses concerns like healthcare as well as debts and deficits. But the ideas that dominated the past four years won’t become more attractive if all conservatives do is translate them into Spanish.

d. A couple of lunatic baggers got booted out of Congress. Allen West and Joe Walsh are history. Sweet justice.

e. Tammy Baldwin wins in Wisconsin and becomes the first openly gay senator. Maryland and Main voted in favor of marriage equality. Tell me that Republicans aren’t on the wrong side of the entire gay issue.

f. ObamaCare is safe and will have the time to become the foundation for comprehensive health care reform.

g. Big money failed to buy this election

and…the United States, and the world, is in good hands for the next four years.

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