Yesterday was rough. There were friends who voted for Obama who remained rather silent from commentary. Then there were those on Twitter and Facebook — ones where the concept of ‘winning gracefully’ has never entered their mind. Needless to say, I think perhaps a lot of people did some Facebook friend cleaning and some Twitter blocking. Here on the blog, I had a nut I banned on the LL1885 Facebook page decide to come and gloat while simultaneously trying to claim the high ground. It takes all kinds.
I’ve seen a few stories about this nation being divided. Indeed it would seem to be. Quite literally – blue on each coast and red in the middle. It would be easy to generalize and stereotype those who voted for either candidate, but I’m not going down that road like some others have. My own musings do include a realization that the 47% – the number uttered by Romney that was supposed to shock and upset people – actually exists and a sizable amount of them likely voted. I’ve upset a liberal friend or two by stating that; how they cannot see the level of dependence in this nation, that their own party pushed to create and maintain, well – it is their own form of Romnesia I suppose.
The numbers keep changing. Some state tallies take time. Yesterday (via Google Politics) Romney had 56,944,183 to Obama’s 59,567,135. Today, the number I see Romney at 48.1% with57,821,399 votes. Obama at 50.1% and 60,662,601 votes. Only 2% difference.
Almost a 50-50 split in geography and in raw votes. We see a lot of Red and Blue states up there, but are they really?
I would encourage folks to drill down in these electoral maps and not go by the overall Red and Blue. Take Ohio for example:
The state overall was Red by county, but went Blue in population heavy urban areas.
Florida was a little more evenly split, but still majority red. Again, Obama took the larger cities. Virginia was the same deal. Mostly Red yet the Blue where there were larger cities. You see it again in Colorado. One of the most glaring examples is Pennsylvania:
All of us out there staring into space wondering, ‘how could so many people could vote for Obama?’ need to see these maps. A lot of states went largely for Romney, except in the cities. Drilling down to the state level like this shows not just a divide between Obama and Romney or Red and Blue states — it shows a stark divide between urban vs rural. Well, we knew Obama hates the suburbs.
I’ve got more thoughts on the actual campaigns that were run by each side, but I can’t bring myself to dive back into the trough of pig slop the Obama campaign served up right now. I will say that the campaigns were wholly different – one went above-board with the issues, the other used women like sexual stage props. Nope – can’t go there right now. Perhaps over the weekend.
I will go out and call out the Tea Party Patriots for their slamming of the Romney campaign the day after. You have little room for your complaining and finger-pointing. We were all in the bunker, where the Hell were you? We saw a blip of endorsement in the Primaries then radio silence. Complaining about the candidate that was chosen when you didn’t present your own is stupid and not very constructive. Please can it.
Some quick hits: