Thursday, March 30, 2006

Red State Blues

It's hard for a liberal not to do a little gloating over the following map that depicts President Bush's approval ratings by state:

Where, oh where have the red states gone? Only Alabama, which is lucky it has such a short Gulf coastline; the great state of Wyoming, where Cheney is king; and Utah, aka OrrinHatchsylvania, managed to break the 50% mark—and just barely. Every other state that was red in 2004 has taken on a distinct shade of blue.

Battleground states like Florida and Oregon are disenchanted with Bush, and Ohio and Pennsylvania are even more so. Even Texas has turned against its native son. So much for that red state revolution that so enthralled the Sean Hannitys and Rush Limbaughs of the world. Of course, this doesn't necessarily mean all these states will vote for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections, but it's got to send a shiver up the collective Republican spine.

If Bush's approval ratings stay this low, the Republicans may well be run right out of Washington to be replaced by Democrats, who are, on average, marginally less corrupt and wrongheaded than their GOP counterparts. God bless the two party system!
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