I’m going to get to work on this book, and stop reading political news. Really I am.
In the meantime, check out this map, by way of The Daily Kos:
Red is counties shifting more Republican than in 2004; blue is more Democratic.
Check out how dark Indiana is. That doesn’t mean the state has suddenly become a Democratic stronghold; it just means the vote swung strongly leftward from where it had been (which resulted in it landing almost perfectly balanced in the middle). Virtually the only part of the nation where Republican sentiment gained in strength was Arkansas, stretching into Oklahoma and up through Appalachia. Even chunks of Alaska went more Democratic this time around, some of them quite sharply.
Even Wyoming, which last night had one of the strongest McCain margins of victory, is mostly blue on that map.
The information I’m waiting on, incidentally, for the substantive post I mentioned before, is electorate stats. I’ve seen exit poll data on electorate share for young voters, African-Americans, etc, but a) exit polls are not great data and b) electorate share isn’t that useful metric, since it’s a zero-sum game, where gains in one area must be matched by losses in another. What I want to know is how much the total number of votes cast by each group changed, and what the turnout rate was for each demographic. That’s where the interesting meat is.