Updates will probably be late, sporadic, and short for the next couple of
days. We should be back to normal by Wednesday.
The Washington Post has a very good
about the changing political geography this year, which may foretell a
long-term realignment. The red-blue divide we have had for many years,
which was based largely on the culture wars of the 1960s (abortion, gay rights,
etc.) may be giving way to a new divide based on who is prospering in the
21st century and who is not. States that have been red for years, like
Colorado and Virginia are rapidly turning blue and some blue states like West
Virginia are turning red. The reason is that Virginia (especially northern
Virginia) and Colorado are doing fine in the new high-tech world and West
Virginia, with its antiquated coal mines, is being left behind (although
if oil hits $200 a barrel, coal may make a comeback). College-educated,
high-income people working in high-tech industries in big cities
tend to be Democrats
(and Obama supporters) while people working in traditional manufacturing
industries and who are being hard hit by the modern economy used to be
part of the FDR coalition but are increasingly Republican. It may take several
election cycles before the dust settles, but with the Democrats embracing
the young, the highly-educated and the urban voters and the Republicans
focusing on the South, the blue-collar workers, and the rural voters, the
future may look brighter for the Democrats, but who knows?
Politico asked some Republican gurus for plausible but
Veep candidates. Here is the list:
Bill Gates, Meg Whitman, Eric Cantor, William Cohen, Robert Rubin, Tim Roemer,
Donna Shalala, and Colin Powell.
It's a pretty wild list. To start with, although Bill Gates retired from
Microsoft Friday, his political affiliation is not known. Given his track
record of donating billions of dollars to help poor people all over the world, he
might well be a Democrat (like his good friend and fellow billionaire Warren Buffet).
Colin Powell is known to be disgusted with the Republicans and has hinted
he may support Obama shortly. He would never accept a spot on the GOP ticket.
He would have been a plausible Democratic Veep with Hillary Clinton, but
having two black guys on the Democratic ticket is probably one too many.
The rest are indeed longshots.