Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

What got so many counties to shift from blue to red?
USA Today | January 31, 2005

Posted on 02/01/2005 3:37:05 PM PST by RWR8189

Title and link only


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2ndterm; bluecounty; bluestate; bushcountry; bushvictory; redcounty; redstate; term2

1 posted on 02/01/2005 3:37:05 PM PST by RWR8189
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: RWR8189

George Bushes fault - I am proud to say


2 posted on 02/01/2005 3:38:03 PM PST by SF Republican
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RWR8189

BUSTED! the Red Dye No. 2 Salesmen Conspiracy


3 posted on 02/01/2005 3:38:54 PM PST by Republicus2001
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RWR8189

It was the boegyman! Didn't they tell you?
/Sarcasm

Obviously, this was to the article author, not the poster. We're all friends here.


4 posted on 02/01/2005 3:41:32 PM PST by AZ_Cowboy ("Be ever vigilant, for you know not when the master is coming")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RWR8189
In my state, one county went from red to blue. Alger County in the UP which is staunchly democrat.

Manistee, Alpena, Monroe, Macomb, Calhoun, Iron, Clare, Ogemaw, Roscommon, and Iosco all switched. Most are rural and socially conservative.

5 posted on 02/01/2005 3:41:33 PM PST by Dan from Michigan ("Guilty! Guilty in the first degree....")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RWR8189
The five reasons they give:

1. A wartime president

Voters were drawn to Bush by memories of the 9/11 attacks and a reluctance to change leaders in the midst of war.

2. Who was tough enough?

Democrats were damaged by the perception that the party and its nominees are weak on national security.

3. Values mattered

Values led some voters to Bush

4. 'The move-in people'

Republicans benefited from demographic shifts.

5. Nuts and bolts

Republicans out-campaigned Democrats.




Close but no cigar. Kerry is a liar and no sane person has trust in a liar. Gay marriages was also another show stopper - Kerry was for it despite his flip-flops. Kerry was also a very despicable character. The ultimate fact is the people spoke and they simply didn't want Kerry as President.
6 posted on 02/01/2005 3:43:08 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RWR8189

Easy, the media decided that from now on blue would not mean challenger, blue means Democrat for the MSM.

Seriously, the sleeping gian awoke.


7 posted on 02/01/2005 3:44:11 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: longtermmemmory

gian=giant


8 posted on 02/01/2005 3:44:27 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Dan from Michigan

When I lived in Chicago area, I loved going to UP at
Indianhead, Blackjack etc. Colder than heck, but gorgeous
country.


9 posted on 02/01/2005 3:45:18 PM PST by gwbiny2k
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: RWR8189
this>


10 posted on 02/01/2005 3:46:32 PM PST by petercooper (Liberalism = Idealism; Conservatism = Realism)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: RWR8189

Because a few years ago the MSM decided that Democrats would be Blue and Republicans would now be red.

In 1988 the GOP states were BLUE.

http://www.presidentelect.org/e1988.html


11 posted on 02/01/2005 3:47:03 PM PST by PeterFinn (Why is it that people who know the least know it the loudest?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: petercooper

The Democrats' campaign.


12 posted on 02/01/2005 3:47:53 PM PST by thoughtomator (How do you say Berkeley California in Aramaic?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: PeterFinn
Because a few years ago the MSM decided that Democrats would be Blue and Republicans would now be red.

I think the color of red is a much better representation of what the Democratic party stands for. ;)

13 posted on 02/01/2005 3:49:13 PM PST by rightwinggoth
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: RWR8189

Jill Lawrence and company are merely looking at the same nuts and bolts - almost as if Nancy Pelosi had written the "talking points". They miss the point of the red states and President Bush's election -- near entirely, IMHO.


14 posted on 02/01/2005 3:49:17 PM PST by Alia
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nmh

"5. Nuts and bolts"

Nuts in the Dem leadership caused their former voters to bolt.


15 posted on 02/01/2005 3:54:10 PM PST by Socratic (Ignorant and free? It's not to be! - T. Jefferson (paraphrase))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: RWR8189

When I moved to Lake Jackson Texas in 1973 I could not find another Republican. I kept my mouth shut about politics. Now it is RARE to find a Democrat around here......


16 posted on 02/01/2005 3:54:53 PM PST by buffyt (Condi Rice for President 2008 !!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nmh
The entire "face" of the Dem party is enough to cause any sane democRat an identity crisis and send them fleeing from any association what so ever with this collection of scum!!!



17 posted on 02/01/2005 3:56:48 PM PST by Zacs Mom (Proud wife of a Marine!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: RWR8189
The blue tumors are getting smaller and denser:

18 posted on 02/01/2005 3:57:28 PM PST by BenLurkin (Big government is still a big problem.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Socratic
Nuts. lol. I put it elsewhere like this:

It helped tremendously that Dem supporters continued to use coarse language. Basically, the overall message was: If you vote for Kerry, you get a country like these Democrat followers and supporters.

Nude protestors against Bush? Yep. Just invite them home. F*** Bush signs? Definitely proponents of a strong educational system, elect these people to your school boards.

How about vilifying Viet Nam Vets? Uh, doesn't require a rocket scientist to figure out how many men did return home from this war and are voters.

How about.. FRAUD?

And then of course, there were the Hollywood stars and starlets campaigning against President Bush and for John Kerry (er, something like that...). Who cares? Like, because we watch movies these folks act in, we are going to find them entirely believable in real life? I don't t'ink so.. The Hollywoodites treated the average America as "stupid" in even positing and posturing themselves as "leaders". That because we'd see their movies and enjoy them.. we'd just move like a blob into agreeing with their "political views". Very offensive. This was very offensive. The rich people of Hollywood lecturing to the "hicks", right?

Yep. The extremely rich Mr. Soros. Mr. Euthanasia, pro-pot, anti-America type rich dude for Democrats. After 30+ years of Dems slamming the "filthy" rich... they didn't think that putting Soros forward as their lead guy wasn't going to backlash on 'em?

Nuts, alright. lol!

19 posted on 02/01/2005 3:57:44 PM PST by Alia
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: nmh
I agree with the assessment of Kerry. Also, I would point out that both candidates ran as moderates. However, Kerry's hypocrisy was exposed by the swift boat controversy and his subsequent anti-war activities. He clearly showed his colors as an extremist, and the country rejected him.

The country is, on the whole, moderate, and they reject radicals from both sides as being unable to effectively lead.
20 posted on 02/01/2005 4:03:21 PM PST by Wiseghy (Go Gov. Arnie!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Socratic

Good one!!!


21 posted on 02/01/2005 4:06:01 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: RWR8189

I'm in Boone co and the city of Columbia proper thinks it Haight Ashbury circa '68. Its or rather they're really pathetic, teens whose parents are burnt out hippydippy types with thier grateful dead skateboards and tiedye T shirts, inscence shops (THE NEW ECONOMY), enough leftwing tenured never got their hands dirty professor types to confuse the minds of whole generations of youth, That Bush won here is like Sharon winning in Tehran.


22 posted on 02/01/2005 4:06:34 PM PST by wildcatf4f3 (out of the sun)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Alia
How about.. FRAUD?

If all voters had to stick their finger in ink, the dems would be more irrelevent.

23 posted on 02/01/2005 4:08:02 PM PST by umgud
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

That's a great map, thanks.

I'm still 500 miles behind enemy lines.


24 posted on 02/01/2005 4:13:26 PM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: RWR8189
IMHO the media finally awakened to --- RED was associated with [gasp!] communism (USSR)!

What better way to portray Republicans?

At least in their little twisted, socialist minds.

25 posted on 02/01/2005 4:14:45 PM PST by Budge (<>< Sit Nomen Domini benedictum. <><)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com

Did you check USA Today's 2000 map? It said GWB defeated "Sen. Al Gore." Huh? Al Gore was a senator in 2000? That's some good reporting.


26 posted on 02/01/2005 4:18:43 PM PST by TNCMAXQ
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

Surprised NH R strenth is in the SE.


27 posted on 02/01/2005 4:24:05 PM PST by Meldrim
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Alia

"I put it elsewhere like this: ......."

Yep. You've summed up some very important points, nicely.


28 posted on 02/01/2005 4:24:57 PM PST by Socratic (Ignorant and free? It's not to be! - T. Jefferson (paraphrase))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Zacs Mom

Those people may not necessarily be insane or evil -- but they sure insane and evil in that montage.


29 posted on 02/01/2005 4:37:45 PM PST by BenLurkin (Big government is still a big problem.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: rightwinggoth
Agreed. Apparently the MSM figured that out.
30 posted on 02/01/2005 4:49:32 PM PST by BenLurkin (Big government is still a big problem.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin
That pic reflects the face the Dem party has put forward for the past 16 months .... angry, ugly, hateful and malicious!

Oops ~ we mustn't forget these 2 treasures of treasures who recently took center stage for the Dems:


31 posted on 02/01/2005 4:52:35 PM PST by Zacs Mom (Proud wife of a Marine!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: RWR8189

Good article.


32 posted on 02/01/2005 5:05:05 PM PST by x
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Zacs Mom
(re your poster of demorats)

OMG! I'm going to have nightmares for weeks.

Parents, don't let your children see this!

33 posted on 02/01/2005 5:18:51 PM PST by maine-iac7 (...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time." Lincoln)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Zacs Mom
But you know what's really Hill-arious about this poster?

It looks like Hitlary is thinking "How in the name of Satan am I supposed to become President with these buffoons at the front of the party?"

34 posted on 02/01/2005 5:22:51 PM PST by maine-iac7 (...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time." Lincoln)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin
re your map

The blue tumors are getting smaller and denser

and they're strategically located for slipping under the sea with a shake or a tsunami - Does God have a plan :>)

35 posted on 02/01/2005 5:25:22 PM PST by maine-iac7 (...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time." Lincoln)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Zacs Mom
We need to put this poster front and center of every campaign - it would scare all but the most evil of demorat hearts - well, at least, separate the real, "old" democrats from the demorats.
36 posted on 02/01/2005 5:31:21 PM PST by maine-iac7 (...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time." Lincoln)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: PeterFinn

The color red or blue was for the challenger and incumbunt. Since Bush in 1988 was the sitting VP he was considered the incumbent.


37 posted on 02/01/2005 5:34:49 PM PST by Fledermaus (I searched on E-bay but there are no sane Democrats left.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: maine-iac7
It looks like Hitlary is thinking "How in the name of Satan am I supposed to become President with these buffoons at the front of the party?"


in that pic that is true but ...


... overall I think she's fairly comfortable with herself!

38 posted on 02/01/2005 5:34:51 PM PST by Zacs Mom (Proud wife of a Marine!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: RWR8189

Well, I Say Family Values!


39 posted on 02/01/2005 5:36:09 PM PST by Major_Risktaker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nmh
Democrats were damaged by the perception that the party and its nominees are weak on national security.

The Democratic party is not "weak" on national security.

It has a firm position combining high minded buffoonery with outright treason.

40 posted on 02/01/2005 5:52:30 PM PST by pierrem15
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: RWR8189

The most interesting thing about this article is that it is being printed in a national newspaper three months after the election, and after a thousand basically identical articles have been published and broadcast all over the country.

What does this mean, coming on the eve of the SOTU speech?


41 posted on 02/01/2005 8:42:44 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Socratic
I just caught the following at newsmax... and well, it just brought such a smile to my face:

Hollywood Bananas Over Bush Billboards
Citizens United, headed by former Whitewater investigator David Bossie, is set to release this week three billboards in view of the Kodak Theater – where the Oscars are to be held later this month.

A barrage of billboard messages expressing gratitude to Hollywood for its "help" in re-electing George W. Bush is about to hit Tinseltown....

The billboards will, with a touch of sarcasm, "thank" Hollywood for helping to re-elect George Bush.

The ads will feature such liberal celebrities as Michael Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Affleck, Martin Sheen, Chevy Chase, Barbra Streisand and Sean Penn – all of whom the billboards credit with the President's November victory

42 posted on 02/02/2005 4:53:45 AM PST by Alia
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: umgud

... yeah... the Dems wouldn't be able to pout and suck their thumbs in public.. lol!


43 posted on 02/02/2005 4:55:13 AM PST by Alia
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: nmh

You left out the fact that he portrayed himself as a war hero and wasn't. He was mostly hot air.


44 posted on 02/02/2005 4:58:58 AM PST by bert (Freedom trumps Peace.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Fledermaus

If you look at the previous years (all listed on the left of the site page) you'll see it was GOP = Blue and Dems = Red. Until 2000.


45 posted on 02/02/2005 8:12:19 AM PST by PeterFinn (Why is it that people who know the least know it the loudest?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson