November 3, 2004


Turnout sets record (Barry Witt, 11/03/04, San Jose Mercury News)

From Miami to Monterey, Americans turned out in record numbers Tuesday for an election in which they felt their vote really made a difference.

As many as 120 million ballots were expected to be counted nationwide once final results were determined, up 15 million from the record set four years ago.

For the first time in any of our lives that it can be said that higher turnout is good for the Republican Party.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 3, 2004 12:41 PM

Had the economy been slightly stronger and/or had Iraq been somewhat more pacified, we would be looking at a landslide today. As it is, it is remarkable that the Republicans achieved as much as they did.

Posted by: curt at November 3, 2004 1:06 PM

GOP owns what Mencken used to call the 'cow states.'

Places that Orrin is counting on to keep our economic heads above water all blue.


Posted by: Harry Eagar at November 3, 2004 1:43 PM

They may be idiots, but they're *useful* idiots.

Posted by: Governor Breck at November 3, 2004 2:06 PM

You mean like the Upper Left Washington, with some of the highest unemployment numbers in the country?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 3, 2004 2:18 PM

I see Harry's being gracious about all this.

Posted by: joe shropshire at November 3, 2004 2:31 PM


Go easy--the end of the New Deal era is almost as jarring for him as Ronald Reagan defeating the Soviets was.

Posted by: oj at November 3, 2004 2:37 PM

Even in New England the economic growth gradient
goes from RED to BLUE with N.H. (a close
50/50 this time) right at the top and R.I. (Lincoln Chafee's stomping grounds)
somewhere near the bottom.

Posted by: J.H. at November 3, 2004 3:15 PM

Everybody did his part, and it was a damn close-run thing: Neocons, Theocons, gun people, even libertines. If you want to know what was the bridge too far for the Democrats this time, you may paraphrase Carville with, "The queers, stupid." The marriage amendment got our vote out.

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 3, 2004 3:42 PM

In the red states, we raise crops and livestock, mine and drill for natural resources, and raise our families. In the blue states, they cling to the obsolete model of urbanism / collectivism, try to promulgate gay marriage, and keep the otherwise completely eradicable AIDS epidemic smoldering.

And they say we need to be more like them?

Posted by: M. Murcek at November 3, 2004 3:51 PM

Harry-- Population shifts alone gave 8 electoral votes to Bush this time out. Given our free movement of people, population shift is a reasonable measure of economic growth. The Pacific Coast states are the only fast-growing Democratic states; there are plenty of fast-growing Republican states.

Posted by: John Thacker at November 3, 2004 6:04 PM

Harry, the GOP won every state that grew with the sole exception of California. Young America is voting Republican, it is the sclerotic Rust Belt and the metrosexuals who supported Ketchup Boy.

Posted by: Bart at November 3, 2004 10:25 PM