Color Wars

Monday, November 22, 2004

Defeated liberals have responded to this year's election with a slew of faux graphs and statistics in a useless effort to prove that blue is better than red. To begin with, it's absolutely ridiculous that we’ve reduced ourselves to being a "red" or "blue" state in a unified nation, but the two sides are so vitriolic towards each other that blue and red now represent ideologues in the same way the also represent gangs.

The idiots on the Left are still trying to redeem themselves after America said "NO" to their unwanted ideology last election by pushing this graph showing that blue states are in fact smarter than red states. You may want to take note that the proprietor of this material is none other than the famed smut-peddler, Howard Stern, and that the disclaimer on the bottom of the page warns that it "should not be taken as fact."

In response to the 11-state shutout vote to end gay marriage, liberals found a way to assault the institution of marriage with this chart, claiming that blue states have a lower divorce rate than the red ones. Take that religious nutjobs.

Power Line isn't convinced and has no reason to wonder why that bit of evidence doesn't explain the low levels of marriage in those states which obviously affect divorce rates. If fewer people are getting married in Massachusetts than obviously fewer people will be getting divorced there as well.

Conservatives have responded with the Generosity Index, showing that red states are more charitable than blue states - though I doubt anyone is surprised that southerners are generally nicer people than their northern neighbors.

In response to the notion that blue states are smarter, Power Line points to this ACT table recognizing that Washington DC reports the lowest test scores in the country and is and always has been run by liberals.

Whether you're a reddie or a blue boy, these graphs and tables can been twisted in a number of ways to make you look "dumb" or "more likely to get divorced," and it's those who use them to make arguments that are applicable to such.