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Another thought or two on comparing 2004 and 2008

Look at the results in Florida and Ohio, two key McCain losses. I’m genuinely impressed by Obama’s result in Florida: he improved on Kerry’s result by around 500,000 votes, while McCain underperformed Bush 2004 by 100,000 or so.

In Ohio, with 96% of the precincts reporting, Obama underperforms Kerry by 200,000, while McCain falls 500,000 short of Bush’s 2004 total. If those numbers stand, there would seem to be room for future GOP success in Ohio and an apparent upper limit on what Democrats can expect.

And then there’s the Electoral College, which (characteristically) overstates the result because it focuses on states rather than individuals. I have defended (and will continue to defend) the E.C. Will my students now begin to listen, as their guy profited more from his E.C. mandate than from the popular vote totals?

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I am still skeptical of the electoral college. I am no real expert but my final electoral college map prediction had 48 of the 50 states correct (I had Missouri Obama and Indiana McCain). That is a high degree of predictability and the sort of defeatism that is brought on with knowing ahead of time that 270 can't be reached. The electoral college effectively discourages and disenfranchises the minority party within a state. Why should democrats bother in Oklahoma or Republicans in California?

Even in Ohio some republicans might not decide to vote knowing that it is an imbalanced must win for McCain...I mean even if your vote could tilt one coin toss, the odds of winning 7 coin flips back to back is 1/128. Stand in line for 3 hours for something you think is inevitable?

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