Barack Obama turned the world Blue. Red Republicans claim there is no Obama mandate, but we who won the world — know the United States is forever changed — but how can we semiotically prove the provenance of the Blue Mandate?
Enter SuperGenius Mark Newman, University of Michigan physics professor, as he puts the Blue and Red states in perspective.
Here is the standard map of the USA, post-presidential election. Looking merely at the territory of geography, one would think the Red States are almost overwhelming the Blue States and that Obama’s win wasn’t that big or historic.
However, when Professor Newman remakes the map, scaling for population this time — there’s a reason California has 55 electoral college votes and Nebraska only has five — you can see the overwhelming wash of Blue across the entire nation from coast-to-coast.
Barack Blue is People, people! PEEE-PLE!
Frank Rich provides more context for the Obama Mandate:
The post-Bush-Rove Republican Party is in the minority because it has driven away women, the young, suburbanites, black Americans, Latino-Americans, Asian-Americans, educated Americans, gay Americans and, increasingly, working-class Americans. Who’s left?
The only states where the G.O.P. increased its percentage of the presidential vote relative to the Democrats were West Virginia, Tennessee, Louisiana and Arkansas. Even the North Carolina county where Palin expressed her delight at being in the “real America” went for Obama by more than 18 percentage points.
The actual real America is everywhere. It is the America that has been in shell shock since the aftermath of 9/11, when our government wielded a brutal attack by terrorists as a club to ratchet up our fears, betray our deepest constitutional values and turn Americans against one another in the name of “patriotism.” What we started to remember the morning after Election Day was what we had forgotten over the past eight years, as our abusive relationship with the Bush administration and its press enablers dragged on: That’s not who we are.
Perhaps, in the end, Blue and Red don’t really matter — and purple shall rule us all — but as of November 4, 2008, there is no denying the new Barack is Blue.