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August 7, 2008

Why the 2008 presidential election is already over — and the winner is:


Look at the graphic above.

It appeared on page M3 of last Sunday's (August 3, 2008) Washington Post, illustrating Laura Yao's story about the result of using Wordle's "word cloud" software on the official campaign blogs of McCain and Obama to produce illustrations of the frequency with which words occur.

Can you tell which is which?*


The McCain campaign is brain-dead, without a clue.

This is gonna be a landslide of Reagan v Carter proportions.

*McCain blog on right

August 7, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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DS -- this is not a political site, and I've seen Joe delete posts where people get all politically. But since ya went there, the counts were WAAAAAY off for Florida. Not just for Gore, but for Bush too. Gore was fighting for the recount...of course he was only going to demand those in the areas he did well in. If it were the other way around and Bush lost with a 500 vote margin -- he would have demanded the same things. Heck, when it looked like Gore took the state earlier in the evening the Bush team had already made a public announcement that they were going to challenge it. When they eventually came out ahead, they decided it wasn't in their best interest.

Beyond that, the supreme court decision was a farce. Every single member that believed in States Rights (i.e., the Republicans) voted to overturn the Florida Supreme Court in opposition to what they would have voted in any other case. On the other side, the ones that believe the Federal Gov't should trump any State Issue decided to vote and say "Nope, We Should Allow Florida To Decide On Its Own...Even Though It Affects The Will Of An Entire Nation".

I voted for Gore, but the Supreme Court was wrong on both sides. I also believe that if they would have forced the re-count, Bush would have won...this was proven a few times afterwards. Beyond that, the amount of votes that separated the two? Within statistical error. Either way, if you would have flipped a coin and decided through chance, it would have been as good as a recount. With that small a margin, it doesn't really matter.

I don't know why folks try to make these things political. It is what it is.

Posted by: clifyt | Aug 9, 2008 9:31:20 AM

Huh? Are you ignoring that all but 1 type of recount still had Bush in the lead? Or that Gore only wanted the areas that he thought that he would do better recounted, and didn't care about areas that he thought were already pro-Bush?

Posted by: DS | Aug 8, 2008 11:25:42 PM

Don't be too quick to dismiss the republicans, they know how to game elections and how use the Supreme Court to award themselves the positions.

Posted by: Mike | Aug 8, 2008 8:56:44 AM

Why am I reminded of something along the lines of "...sound and fury, signifying nothing..."

Posted by: DS | Aug 7, 2008 5:44:48 PM

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