New York Times on the Electoral Map

The New York Times Magazine had a fascinating article on Sunday about NRCC Chairman Tom Cole (Okla.) and his uphill battle to regain the House for Republicans.  I’m only about a third of the way through this 8,000 word article, but I already think it’s a must-read.  This on excerpt caught my eye:

“All campaign operatives are, to some extent, geographers, and the map of the United States, endlessly studied, is the object of their pieties and contains their own compulsions. Every operative has his own map, weighted by income, by ethnicity, by the practiced habits of ideology, but each believes his map is determinative and that elections do not contain surprises but more precise revelations of the map, of tendencies buried deep.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.  Think I should use this snippet in the About The Electoral Map section?


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