FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2020
...with the electorate you have: Again, we'll link you to a post by Kevin Drum. He's echoing a point we noted yesterday:
DRUM (11/6/20): While we all sit around pondering the political universe while we’re waiting for Pennsylvania and Georgia and Nevada to announce final results, I would like to post a chart that I’ve posted many times before. It’s from Gallup, and it shows how many people consider themselves liberal vs. conservative:
[Chart shows that 37% of Americans identify as conservative, while 24% identify as liberal.]
The good news is that liberals have been making progress over the past few decades. The bad news is that we’re still a small minority. Only about a quarter of the country considers itself liberal, way behind the number who consider themselves conservative. Like it or not, this is the playing field...
Driving home that basic point, consider this:
As we type, Biden is leading Trump by roughly 4 million votes in the popular vote. That margin will surely expand as California continues to tabulate its large volume of outstanding votes.
That said, consider this. As in 2016, so too as of now:
In the states known as The Other 49 (the fifty states excluding California), the number of Trump voters currently matches or exceeds the number of Biden voters.
In a similar vein, Hillary Clinton won the national popular vote by roughly 2.9 million votes. She won the popular vote in California by roughly 4 million votes. She actually lost the popular vote in The Other 49.
Returning to the current state of affairs:
Even after four years of President Trump, roughly half the voters outside Cali voted for his re-election.
We aren't saying their judgment was right. We aren't saying their judgment was wrong. We're saying that this state of affairs creates an intellectual and moral challenge for our own self-impressed tribe.
History says that we in our species tend to loathe "the others." Yevtushenko suggested a different approach:
"No people are uninteresting," the poet said. This leaves us with the ultimate question:
Which side are you on?