It’s all here – cheese, politics, a Gandhi joke and the best headline of all time

Thanks to Virus Comix for the cheese.

Politics time now.

This is not about rights and wrongs – but analysis of the raw data. In the US mid term elections, who swung the most from the Democrats to the Republicans? Kevin Drum at Mother Jones has this to say:

First things first: In 2006 Democrats won the popular vote for the House of Representatives by about 8 points. In 2010, Republicans won the popular vote by about 6 points. That’s a shift of 14 points. There are plenty of broad structural explanations for this—the economy, dislike of health care reform, whatever—but beyond that, we’d also like to know if there were any specific groups that helped power this Republican victory. Was it the youth vote? The evangelicals? What?

To find out, you have to look for groups that swung by substantially more or less than 14 points. So here they are. Based on a comparison of 2006 and 2010 exit polls, here are the demographic groups that showed the biggest swing into the Republican column this year:

  • Nonvoters from 2008 (+56)
  • Independents (+36)
  • Rural voters (+25)
  • Northeast voters (+20)
  • Age 65 and older (+21)
  • Catholics (+21)
  • White voters (+19)
  • Income under $30,000 (+19)
  • Income over $200,000 (+19)
  • High school grads (+19)
The most intriguing result here is the top one: People who didn’t vote in the previous presidential election shifted into the Republican camp at a fantastic clip.
And who swung the least Kevin?

But was there anyone out there who showed unusual loyalty to Democrats this cycle? Indeed there were. Here are the groups that showed the smallest swing into the Republican column:

  • Liberals (-6)
  • African-Americans (-2)
  • Mothers (+1)
  • “Other” religion (+2)
  • Age 18-29 (+5)
  • No high school (+7)
  • Union households (+8)
  • Big city voters (+8)

The full analysis is here.

And finally, it’s the oldie but goldie Gandhi joke courtesy of Grannymar.(I’ve been meaning to post it for a while.)

Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath.

This made him……

A super-calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis!”

And if that’s not enough for you, check out the best football headline of all time. Inverness Caledonian Thistle unexpectedly beat one of the two giants of Scottish football, Glasgow Celtic, 3-1 in 2000. (More detail here if you want it.)

This was the headline:

Super Caley Go Ballistic Celtic Are Atrocious

(Now that’s a headline that puts two fingers up to search engine optimisation.)

Wonder if it could be rewritten to reflect Obama’s recent shellacking? Now there’s a challenge…



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4 responses to “It’s all here – cheese, politics, a Gandhi joke and the best headline of all time

  1. Some interesting figures there.

    Thanks for the link.

  2. Gandhi & Glasgow Celtic in the same post! Impressive!

  3. The figure for voters who had not voted before is not surprising. If you “hang” with some of the conservatives and even neo-cons on the internet for any length of time, you will see that they feel Obama has been a wakeup call for America. He has ushered in socialism and they are on the warpath. The seismic shock of his policies among just regular folk cannot be under estimated. It was especially noted by people my age who lived through the upheaval of the ’60s – that time period when communists and socialists came in the form of young people on college campuses not adults hiding from Senator McCarthy. They were intelligent; they were activists. Obama’s mentors are cut from that same cloth. I am not a fear monger. I simply have been witness to things here. I am an observer and reporter. There wasn’t supposed to be another Viet Nam. We were going to cease being the most hated people on earth. We have only awakened to the fact that in the past 30 years of the Israeli Palestinian conflict and of our own invasions there, we have ourselves endangered the Christians in the Middle East and have confirmed with our Muslim enemies we are the evil doers from the time of the Crusades. Americans have all of this with which to contend these days. We are waking up to the fact that we have had a large role in this. We are not victims.

    We are out of character these days waiting for the other economic shoe to drop. The only outlet we have when we are upset is the voting booth. We used it. Sadly there was about as much dishonesty at the polls with the figures as in Afghanistan. Next time, you get your finger inked when you vote.

  4. A point missed by most analysts and pundits re dynamics of voter outrage 2010 is the fact that millions are absolutely beside themselves over the bailout for the banks. Rational may have been plausible except for the bazillion$ given out in bonuses. There’s a real bitterness there. Obama=socialism?
    Most don’t realize how socialistic we already are . Social security takes 1/3 expenditure pie slice. Public free education is a form of socialism. The mega corps have been able to shed a partnership or contract with workers. No health insurance, no pension, low pay. Take it or leave it. So the government is duped into filling the void. Social security in lieu of pension, medicare in lieu of employer based health insurance, but the wages get no boost. The more exploitive the capitalistic engine the more workers must turn to government to provide. The unions were the working man’s only way huge profit could be returned to the workers in a relatively disproportional and small way in wages and benefits. Now the megacorps have tricked workers into believing unions are the source of the economic problem instead of the fact that the megacorps are able to suck every penny from the worker/consumer whereby there is little left for people to be consumers which kills the money flow in the economy which drives that capitalist engine. Don’t the megacorps realize that it is the worker/consumer that lays the golden eggs which they harvest. If you don’t feed the hen, no eggs are made. McWages are the new reality or the new normal as an ever growing US population is reduced to Second World living standards. We therefore look to government for relief and if it provides it will call it socialism but still want the relief.

    New re this cheese thing. Had that triple by-pass in 2006 and take blood thinner pills and Crestor like M & M’s candy but to my cardiologist’s chagrin I put cheese on vegetables, eat cheese danish, cream cheese, pizza, grilled cheese, cottage cheese, cheese cake , and cheese omelets. Why, I even sprinkle cheese on the toilet paper before I wipe my…..

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