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Fri Dec 7, 2012, 12:01 PM

Obama Unleashed is popular

57%. Suck on that, GOP.


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union_maid Dec 2012 OP
BlueCaliDem Dec 2012 #1
DreamGypsy Dec 2012 #2
union_maid Dec 2012 #3
queentonic Dec 2012 #4

Response to union_maid (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 12:42 PM

1. Thanks for this, union_maid! eom

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Fri Dec 7, 2012, 12:49 PM

2. Imagine what would happen if Mr. President grew a beard

But I don't think Michelle would be such a beauty as a blond.

There are a LOT OF SIMILARITIES between the Republican party and the Augean Stables

The fifth Labor of Heracles (Hercules in Latin) was to clean the Augean stables (pronunciation: /ɔːˈdʒiːən/). This assignment was intended to be both humiliating (rather than impressive, as had the previous labors) and impossible, since the livestock were divinely healthy (immortal) and therefore produced an enormous quantity of dung. These stables had not been cleaned in over 30 years, and over 1,000 cattle lived there. However, Heracles succeeded by rerouting the rivers Alpheus and Peneus to wash out the filth.

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 08:20 AM

3. He has certainly had to clean up a LOT of...dung

And it was produced largely by Republicans, so you make a wonderful point. Probably best if he doesn't grow a beard, though. Don't want to hide that smile. It's one of his most important accessories.

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Sat Dec 8, 2012, 09:33 AM

4. queentonic

I don't have enough posts to qualify for starting my own thread so if someone who does and would like to make this a separate thread, please do. I feel this information is very important to understand what is going on in this country.

Red State, Blue City: How the Urban-Rural Divide Is Splitting America
By Josh Kron
Nov 30 2012, 11:17 AM ET 256

Partisan lines that once fell along regional borders can increasingly be found at the county level. What does that mean for the future of the United States?

Starting before the Civil War era, America's political dividing lines were drawn along state and regional borders. Cities and the then-extensive rural areas shared a worldview North and South of the Mason-Dixon line. While there was always tension within states, they were bound by a common politics. The city of Charleston, for example, was as rabidly anti-North as some inland plantation areas. Economic engines, ways of life, and moral philosophies changed at the 36th parallel, where the North began
Today, that divide has vanished. The new political divide is a stark division between cities and what remains of the countryside. Not just some cities and some rural areas, either -- virtually every major city (100,000-plus population) in the United States of America has a different outlook from the less populous areas that are closest to it. The difference is no longer about where people live, it's about how people live: in spread-out, open, low-density privacy -- or amid rough-and-tumble, in-your-face population density and diverse communities that enforce a lower-common denominator of tolerance among inhabitants.

The voting data suggest that people don't make cities liberal -- cities make people liberal. Here, courtesy of Princeton's Robert Vanderbai, is an electoral map that captures the divisions:

The only major cities that voted Republican in the 2012 presidential election were Phoenix, Oklahoma City, Fort Worth, and Salt Lake City. With its dominant Mormon population, Mitt Romney was a lock in the Utah capital; Phoenix nearly voted for Obama. After that, the largest urban centers to tilt Republican included Wichita, Lincoln, Neb., and Boise.

The gap is so stark that some of America's bluest cities are located in its reddest states. Every one of Texas' major cities -- Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio -- voted Democratic in 2012, the second consecutive presidential election in which they've done so. Other red-state cities that tipped blue include Atlanta, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Birmingham, Tucson, Little Rock, and Charleston, S.C. -- ironically, the site of the first battle of the Civil War. In states like Nevada, the only blue districts are often also the only cities, like Reno and Las Vegas.

Because winning a state's electoral votes requires only a simple majority, a single city can change the entire game. Blue cities in swing states that ended up going for Obama last Tuesday include Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Denver, the cities of Florida, and the cities of Ohio.
Though not generally considered a swing state, Michigan (with 16 electoral votes) was virtually carried by the Detroit metropolitan area, spread across three counties, and a scrap of Flint. Almost the entire rest of the state went different shades of red.

This divide between blue city and red countryside has been growing for some time. Since 1984, more and more of America's major cities have voted blue each year, culminating in 2012, when 27 out of the nation's 30 most populous cities voted Democratic. According to Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections and The New York Times, the 2012 election marked the fourth time in the last five federal election cycles that voters shifted away from the party of the sitting president. Despite that constant churn, one part of the electoral map has become a crystal clear constant. Cities, year by year, have become drenched in more blue. Everywhere else is that much more red.


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