Sunday, November 14, 2004

The Electoral College Again

Josh Marshall has this which quotes a rather silly editorial in the Sarasota Herald Tribune. Here's a tidbit:
The states Kerry won, due solely to votes in just one or two cities each, are California, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin. The cities that out-voted the rest of their state or adjacent areas are the District of Columbia, New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Portland and Seattle.


On the "mandate" issue, with Bush winning 42 states, by 55 percent to 45 percent, and his opponent winning just eight states and 11 cities, there should be no question.

Josh Marshall rightfully makes fun of this piece. It's clear to me why they are upset that city voters almost elected Kerry, but why this justifies a disproportional vote for rural America is not. Take a look at this map of GDP as it is created throughout the country (from Bill Nordhaus.) How exactly is rural American justifying their right to disproportional voting again? And then there's this:
To red-state voters, to the rural voters, residents of small, dying towns, and soulless sprawling exburbs, we say this: Fuck off. Your issues are no longer our issues. We're going to battle our bleeding-heart instincts and ignore pangs of misplaced empathy.
You can see the rest at It's a fun read.


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