8.24.2008

Getting All Political Up In Here

CNN has a really good map of how the electoral college is panning out this fall. Good stuff. When you here about "national poll numbers" forget about what you hear. Those numbers are meaningless because it all comes down to the states. (Which, for the life of me, seems like the dumbest system a free country has ever implemented.) I've If I'm Obama or McCain, I'm camping out in Florida, Ohio, and Michigan.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

CNN polls of popular vote and the electoral college have been inacurate and unreliable in past elections. If you are a Democrate and like "yes man" answers then continue to rely on CNN.

Anonymous said...

I'm trying to decipher your second sentence...and I have to be honest, I'm not sure what you are trying to say.

Anonymous said...

I got it now...."If I'm Hussein or McCain..."

goober said...

If Obama does't hang the last 8 years around McCain's neck every time he (Obama) opens his mouth, his campaign will be a footnote in history. The American people demonstrated well in 2004 they have no idea why they vvote like they do.

Anonymous said...

"(Which, for the life of me, seems like the dumbest system a free country has ever implemented.)"

It is, but it made sense in 1789 because communication was slow and elections weree a bit sketchy.

Now? Well, that's different.

Anonymous said...

The states choose the president, not individual voters. We live in a federal system. Doesn't seem too dumb to me.

Anonymous said...

The Electoral College is antiquated but it is the law. It takes a constitutional amendment to change it and no one seems very interested in pursuing one. As long as they don’t vote for McBush I’ll be happy.

wordkyle said...

The Electoral College helps to make sure the entire country is represented. If we go to direct elections, two-thirds of America will never see a Presidential candidate in person again. The northeast and the west coast will run the country. (Can you say "inner-city pandering?")

Speaking of polls, the bipartisan Battleground Poll has an interesting statistic. On page 16 of the report, question D3, sixty percent of Americans identify themselves as Conservative, against only thirty-six percent as Liberal. (Which explains why Democrats run as Socialists during the primaries, then move to the right for the general election.)

Anonymous said...

wordkyle

check question D1. 75% of those polled were 45 or over. 60% over 45 are conservative? shocker..

Anonymous said...

Anyone know the last presidential election in which the Democrat got >50% of the popular vote?

Clue: Think Camelot.

wordkyle said...

728 - Note the historical accuracy of the poll. Those surveyed were "likely" voters, not simply "registered" voters. In other words, the bipartisan survey, used by Republicans and Dems alike, surveyed people who actually get out and vote. As Winston Churchill said, "If you're not a liberal when you're young, you have no heart. If you're not a conservative when you're old, you have no brain."

I guess I should have qualified my above comment as "politically parcipative" Americans. Apparently the majority of Liberals are considered doubtful to vote.

Typical Liberalism -- all talk, no action.

Anonymous said...

AS F'N USUAL............IS ?