|Mara's troll face. Via commenter jimmyk at justoneminute.|
- New Hampshire
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
- South Dakota
The larger point, though, is that this is a poll of something that really doesn't exist. There is no "battleground" of disputed land between the respective territories of the Red and Blue armies. That's a metaphor, and a fairly distorting one at that. What there is is a disparate collection of 12 or 16 "battlegrounds" each with its own parochial concerns, demographic character, and candidates, with no more in common politically with each other than they have with whichever undisputed states they resemble. Agglomerating their numbers, spreading our perception of Obama-hatred from Arkansas and Kentucky where it exists to Michigan and New Hampshire where it doesn't, can have no other purpose than to make things look more dramatic than they actually are. It literally subtracts from our knowledge (since NPR doesn't show us the results for the individual states, which would add something). It's really dumb.
|Gustave Doré, L'énigme, 1871, Musée d'Orsay, Paris.|