November 6th, 2008

tea - it's good for you

Eventually, I will stop posting about the election...

But for now I still have a few cool things to share (from the happy joy part of the election this time, which definitely occupies plenty of my mindspace along with the sad side).

First, heyheyrenay pointed me toward these presidential election maps that are altered to reflect voting percentages and population. The county-level maps are particularly interesting, and a good reminder that the red/blue divide in the US isn't really East versus West or coast versus central; it's urban versus rural. And also, that there's a lot more purple going on than we truly realize.

I remember looking at the maps from 2004 back at the time, and it's especially thought-provoking to compare the last two maps in this election and the last. Fewer bright red areas, and those that still exist are far more squeezed by various shades of purple around them. Quite a change for just four years. There are a lot of reasons for that, and many reasons to believe that the trend will shift back, eventually. But still interesting, and heartening for a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat like me.

Then, for some warm fuzzies, check out some photos that are worth several thousand words and a huge collection of newspaper front pages announcing Obama's victory

And finally:

Somehow, just the mere existence of this site makes me happy. 75 days to go.