Thursday, October 04, 2007

Changing Colors

Those who look at political maps in terms of red and blue states often speak of those maps as though they are for the most part static. However, Michael Barone uses a current off year U.S. House of Representatives race in Massachusetts as a reminder that "we're in a period of turbulence" in which voters will be more prone to cross party lines and in which anti-incumbent moods may frequently prevail.

Indeed, the closely divided presidential races of 2000 and 2004 are historically the exception, not the rule. There is no reason to think that the political map cannot change substantially, in one direction or another, in the years ahead.

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