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  •  The TV networks used to reverse the colors (10+ / 0-)

    every four years:  The incumbent party would be red, and the out party would be blue... and vice-versa four years later.

    Around 2000 IIRC they started using 'blue state' as a synonym for Democratic, and red for Republican, and that kind of stuck.  Dave Leip's maps seem to use the colors from 1980.

    Dogs are people, but corporations aren't.

    by Greasy Grant on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 07:20:56 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, it was the 2000 election ... (5+ / 0-)

      when the red/blue associations we are currently using were established. For some reason the TV shows were using Blue for Gore and Red for Bush.

      This hardly seems the moment to try to dislodge that convention.

      "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

      by Demi Moaned on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 07:39:43 PM PDT

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    •  I'm so relieved you confirmed that, b/c I thought (3+ / 0-)
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      I was imagining things.  I seem to remember the 1980 general election with Reagan turning the entire map BLUE -- a traumatic memory I have never outgrown.  Then I was out of the country for the late Clinton years and most of the GWB years, and never learned about the red-blue shift.  For the past several years back in the USA I've been mystified about whether the colors flip-flopped, or maybe whether my memories of 1980 are completely wrong (which is the sort of thing that makes me wonder if I'd also fail the Voigt-Kampff test).

      So I constantly think of Blue as the (coldhearted) color of the GOP, which is embarrassing in the midst of political smalltalk.  I recently asked a relative if Maryland is just as much a red (by which I meant democratic) state as ever.  "Ha, no, BLUE!" he said, thinking me a prize idiot . . . deservedly.

      'Powerful influences strive today to restore that kind of government with its doctrine that Government is best which is most indifferent.' -- F. D. Roosevelt

      by LandruBek on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 09:28:26 PM PDT

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