Writing Archive

Mapping the Most Pro-Palin States

Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight.com looked at the Republican primary electorate in all 50 states and determined which ones are most friendly to Sarah Palin and most hostile to her.  He crunches the numbers on “six variables: fundraising totals to date for SarahPAC, and five demographic and attitudinal variables taken from 2008 exit polls.”
I won’t butcher [...]


Are We a Nation of Wasillas or Chicagos?

George W. Bush won Ohio in 2004 by running up the vote in the rural parts of the state. He dominated towns of under 10,000 people from the Miami Valley to the Ohio River Valley, trumping John Kerry’s GOTV operations in a handful of urban Democratic cities like Cleveland, Akron and Toledo.
Could 2008 look [...]


On Scranton and San Francisco

Sarah Palin jabbed last night that Obama “talks one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco.”
I love this line — which two cities carry more demographic symbolism than these?