Friday, November 14, 2008

Read it and Weep, Wingnuts

Minnesota Governor Tom Pawlenty, speaking at the recent repub governors' conference:

“We cannot be a majority governing party when we essentially cannot compete in the Northeast, we are losing our ability to compete in Great Lakes States, we cannot compete on the West Coast, we are increasingly in danger of competing in the Mid-Atlantic States, and the Democrats are now winning some of the Western States,” he said. “That is not a formula for being a majority governing party in this nation.”

“And similarly we cannot compete, and prevail, as a majority governing party if we have a significant deficit, as we do, with women, where we have a large deficit with Hispanics, where we have a large deficit with African-American voters, where we have a large deficit with people of modest incomes and modest financial circumstances,” he said. “Those are not factors that make up a formula for success going forward.”

Well, Tom's being a little too optimistic with his fellow repubs. They've lost the Upper Midwest/Great lakes region, they've lost the Mid-Atlantic region, they've lost Colorado and New Mexico. Georgia and Montana will be next to turn blue, with Arizona not too far behind.

Or, to begin painting the picture...

This information is probably too...real for wingnut consumption. That's their political party over in the lower right hand corner of the square.

Fuck reality. They'd much rather rub one out over their current saviorette.

Hanx to DenFromCT for turning me on to the cool graphic. Read more here.

All hail, Dark Lord Kos.


Monkay said...

I am sure that graph means what you say it means, because I trust you. You've never steered me wrong. But I can't make head nor tail of it. These graphics are more to my liking, style-wise.

Rightwingsnarkle said...

Ah, Edward Tutfe - the master of how best to convey quantitative information.

I attended a one-day class that he conducted last spring. It was life-changing.

Anywhoozle, the graphic in this postb conveys the reltionship between the percentage of African American voters and Obama's share of the white vote, by state, based on exit polls.

The data shows that as the percentge of African American voters increases (horizontal axis), Obama's share of the white vote decreases (vertical axis).

The graph implies a high degree of racial polarization - Obama earned a smaller share of the white vote in those states with high overall percentage of African American voters; specifically in the deep south.