Winning Without Ohio or Florida

If there is a common wisdom regarding the 2012 Presidential election – or for that matter, the 2008, 2004, and 2000 contests – it is that the road to the White House for both candidates runs invariably through Ohio and Florida. More specifically, there seems to be a near-consensus among both liberal and conservative commentators that Mitt Romney must win both of these perennial swing states to capture the oval office, while President Obama can afford to lose one or the other, but not both. A close analysis of the Electoral College map, as well as recent demographic and political shifts over the past decade, however, could be making this view somewhat antiquated; a development which might work in the … Continue reading

Football, Elections, And War

The Super Bowl was February 5 this year. Did you pay attention to the responses some people had watching it on T.V.?  “Kick ‘im in the head.” “Squash ‘im into the ground.” Followed by lots of four-letter words, yelling at the players, and throwing things across the room.  And did you listen closely to some of the talk in the stands? “Kill ‘em!”  “Take ‘em out!” “Crush ‘em!” This kind of behavior at sporting events, especially football games, is common. Violence spreads like a disease to the fans, and even viewers who aren’t fans. The talk is violent. The feelings are violent. And sometimes the behavior is even violent. This violence during a sporting event is normalized in our society. … Continue reading