Monthly Archives: November 2009

Analyzing Swing States: Pennsylvania, Conclusions

This is the last part of a series of posts analyzing the swing state Pennsylvania. The previous parts can be found starting here. Conclusions For many decades, Pennsylvania constituted model of Democratic strength based upon working-class votes. Today that is … Continue reading

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Analyzing Swing States: Pennsylvania, Part 5

This is the fifth part of an analysis of the swing state Pennsylvania. It focuses on the traditionally Republican region between the Democratic strongholds in the southeast and southwest. The last part can be found here. Pennsyltucky Outside the Pittsburgh … Continue reading

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Anti-Americanism in Pakistan

The New York Times recently posted a disturbing video on Pakistan. The report addresses the topic of anti-Americanism in the country, specifically with regards to its westernized, well-educated musicians: While Pakistani journalists, playwrights and even moderate Islamic clerics have boldly … Continue reading

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The Worst Kinds of Racism

There’s a common myth out there that racism is something confined to the South, as if the only racists out there live in Mississippi. That is absolutely false. Racism is everywhere, in the most unexpected places. The worst types of … Continue reading

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Electoral Polarization

In my previous post, I noted that almost all the counties President Barack Obama won have become more Democratic since 1992, while almost all the counties Senator John McCain won have become more Republican since 1992. In fact, comparing maps … Continue reading

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What Is This Map?

This map is not what you think it is. Take a moment to guess what it represents. At first glance, it looks a lot like the results of the 2008 presidential election. The northeast and midwest are all blue. Then … Continue reading

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Barry Goldwater, the Daisy Ad, and Nuclear War

Many Americans have heard of the Daisy Ad. Most politics buffs probably watched this ad at one time or another. And after it was over, they may have wondered – how in the world was the daisy ad so effective? … Continue reading

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