Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hramblings: Newspaper endorsements and who elects the president

Based on candidate rhetoric you'd believe that the country is primarily composed of lifelong commited members of the Democratic or Republican parties. This map of newspaper endorsements and the table of shifts from Bush to Obama reminded me of a discussion in my political science class. Clinton Rossiter breaks down each parties members into groups. The interesting part is that the president is elected by the groups Rossiter calls the habitual and occasional electorate. These are the people that participated in the primary for that party and those that voted for that parties candidate in the previous election cycle.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Hramblings: Poet e e cummings born today, 1894

Cummings was notable for his layout, neologism, grammer and typographical choices; but even more so for his ability to break these rules and still evoke deep emotion. In his poem, Anyone lived in a pretty how town for example, the lines "he sang his didn't he danced his did" and "they sowed their isn't they reaped their same" create remarkably clear images of humility and disconnectedness, resp.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Hramblings: Jimmy Carter born today in 1924

President Carter can be credited with redefining what a retired president does with their time after leaving office, but his words from the 70s seem very familiar...