In Your Face, PennsylvaniaOctober 28, 2008
The coolest thing about this map of electoral results from every election ever is watching the number of electoral votes in California grow over the years. The total vote count for the nation never shifts, so every extra vote CA gets comes at the expense of some crappy place that no one wants to live any more. In particular, I’m thinking of Pennsylvania. Scroll over to the 1960 Kennedy election when CA & PA both contributed 32 electoral votes. In the 2008 contest, CA is up to 55, while PA has fallen to 21. Ohio hasn’t done all that well in the intervening years either. Eat it, suckers, your empire built on steel & blue collar ethos can’t hold a candle to our multi-cultural melting pot of cheap ethnic labor!
Also amusing: how incredibly one sided some of the contests were. Specifically, Reagan in 1984 (seriously, Mondale only won one state more than H Ross Perot, and Perot wasn’t even running in that election). Also noteworthy for its brutal lack of competition: 1972’s Nixon/McGovern. In retrospect, Nixon didn’t need to break into the Watergate hotel to spy on his competition, it looks like the race wasn’t all that close.
After these last two intensely hard fought elections, it’s amusing to see some that were over before the polls closed out west. Here’s hoping for more of that; for better or worse, a house divided cannot stand.
Finally, the winner for “most dramatic about-face” in the Nation’s history has to be the switch from Red to Blue in 1932. Sure, stock market’s going well, everyone LOVES Herbert Hoover, but you get one little (great) depression and we’re a nation of class-warfaring liberal bastards overnight.
P.S., anyone curious about how it would look if we ever broke from our 2 party system should check out 1872. Ugly!