So Little News

So, the Maine Caucuses! Be still my heart. Turns out Mitt won by a couple hundred votes over Ron Paul, with Newt and Rick (who didn’t campaign there) trailing far behind. The significant (or insignificant as it were) part of it is that in total there were just over 5,000 votes cast. Talk about meaningless. Still, I guess it was Maine’s one chance for 15 minutes of notice. And really, it was about 15 minutes. The on screen tv guide showed MSNBC covering it from 5 to 7 CST, but at 6 they went to a rerun of their staple, Lockup, having said everything and more that there was to say about the Maine caucuses.
Some trivia–turns out Maine and Vermont were the only two states to vote against FDR in all four of his elections. Maine has turned blue, voting for the Democratic candidate the last five elections. My favorite bit of trivia was that Maine has five times as many moose as they had voters in the 2008 Republican caucuses. Mitt won in 2008 with 51% of the vote, or 2837 of the total 5333 votes. (my math then says there are over 26,600 moose in Maine!)
This time Mitt only got 2190 votes, or 39% of the 5524 votes. Paul was second with 1996 votes, nearly double his take from four years ago. And, in all likelihood, this was the closest Ron Paul will come to winning a state.
Well, for 5,000 votes, the hour long coverage by MSNBC and CNN was all it deserved. The population of Maine is 1,318, 301. That means .004 percent of the Maine population came out for the caucuses. That’s four people out of every thousand. The majority of people in the state don’t even know anyone who knows anyone who went to the caucuses. By contrast, Iowa has a population of 3,007,856.
121,501 people turned out for the Republican caucuses in Iowa this year. That is a whopping .04 percent of the Iowa population. So per capita, ten times as many Iowans went to the Republican caucuses as did those who live in Maine. Not that it’s still a lot. You could multiply by another ten and it still wouldn’t be an impressive number. Certainly not one that should scare Democrats. It all seems like an affirmation that the Republicans really want anyone but Romney, and they know they’re stuck with Romney, so why bother voting. A lot can change in the next nine months, and I’m hoping they stick to their guns and just stay home in November too.

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About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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