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Voters For President 1992-2012
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voters for president 1992-2012
I'd read that the voter turn-out for president this year dropped significantly, and since I knew that every Republican-led state legislature had been passing some form of voter suppression I decided to chart the last six elections for my own amusement.

See anything odd?

In '92 104 million people voted for president (Ross Perot garnered an additional 20 million votes.) In '96 the total vote dropped to ninety-four million as Perot only received eight million votes. There's our baseline.

In 2000, what I considered a hotly-contested election, the number of new voters rose by a respectable seven million.

But suddenly, in 2004, twenty million new voters came out of almost nowhere to give George "Miserable Failure" Bush the victory. For this to be possible you'd have to believe that every Baby Boomer didn't vote until they were forty-five and then two-thirds suddenly all voted Republican. This couldn't have anything to do with that first wave of computerized voting machines, could it?


President Obama's massive win in 2008 was clearly driven by a wave of new and enthusiastic minority voters but, factoring in population growth, it appears that as many as twelve million voters went missing in 2012. This was not a matter of voter apathy as both parties worked tirelessly to drive all the registered voters they could to the ballot box, yet still the numbers dropped off a cliff. Something went seriously, ominously wrong in 2012.

Nate Silver, where ARE you?

(In case you're curious here's a chart of U.S. population growth.)


The holy days are upon us so you need to start your online shopping now. I said NOW, pilgrim! And I'm here to help. Since people are really only interested in the price of gifts these days I thought I'd look for the most expensive items I could find on amazon and share them with you. Enjoy!

generacThe Generac Commercial Series Liquid-Cooled Standby Generator

While not near as exciting as Herman Cain getting as root canal this propane-propelled baby will pump out 150 kW of domesticated lightning at your demand, plenty of extra juice to run your disco ball and/or your toaster oven in the event of a super-duperstorm in your 'hood. Performs a Whisper-Soft self-test once a week so it won't disturb your alcohol-driven fever dreams.

Only $28,938, but all sales are final so be sure and get a color that matches the drapes.


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