Tuesday, September 09, 2008

An educational post? nah.

Everything I know about politics I learned from Schoolhouse Rocks. At lunch last week, we were having an unusual conversation. Usual is about television, exciting events in our lives, maybe a little news thrown in. This time...politics. Specfically, the current choices for our upcoming election. I know, it's a big shock that we'll be voting for President. You hear almost nothing about it these days, right?

So we talked a little bit about primaries and delegates and the electoral college and what it all means.

We didn't come up with any answers.

Thus...Schoolhouse Rocks.

I threw in the second video as a bonus.

Here's what Wiki has to say about Red and Blue states.

According to The Washington Post, the terms were coined by Tim Russert,[1] and began to emerge in mainstream political discussion following the 2000 presidential election. Since then, usage of the term has been expanded to differentiate between states being perceived as liberal and those perceived as conservative. A blue state may therefore be any state leaning towards the Democratic ticket while a red state may be any state leaning towards the Republican ticket.

Prior to the 2000 presidential election, there was no universally recognized color scheme to represent political parties in the United States. The practice of using colors to represent parties on electoral maps dates back at least as far as 1908, when the New York Times printed a special color map using yellow and blue to detail Roosevelt's 1904 electoral victory.[5] Later, in the 1950s, color-coding as a format was employed within the Hammond series of historical atlases. Color-based schemes became more widespread with the adoption of color television in the 1960s and nearly ubiquitous with the advent of color in newspapers. A three-color scheme - red, white and blue, the colors of the U.S. flag -- makes sense, and the third color, white, is useful in depicting maps showing states that are "undecided" in the polls and in election-night television coverage.

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