Thursday, October 04, 2007

Rudy Giuliani's New Map

Rudy Giuliani is using geography to convince Republicans to support him over his competition for the presidential nomination. Guiuliani has released a series of maps (PDF) which are suppose to show how Rudy is the only person who can defeat the all but anointed challenger Hillary Clinton.

In the Rudy versus Hillary scenario, all states are either Republican or toss-up with the expections of Vermont, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia. The message displayed here is one of how easy it would be for Rudy to pick up swing and traditionally blue states with his moderate-liberal views on some positions.

The Thompson versus Clinton map depicts one of desperation. Clinton has already secured the Blue States and the swing states were once Republican-voting states. The once great hope for conservatives would only be appealable to conservatives and unable to attract others.

The McCain versus Clinton race is neck and neck with Hillary holding a slight lead. The race would be won or lost in the region cornered by Virginia, Missouri, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania (an area where Republicans lost in 2006 and thus lost all in 2006). While this shows McCain as a possible winner, the Rudy map "asks" readers if they really want another close race like 2000 and 2004.

The ire of the map set is saved from Romney. In a Romney versus Clinton match up the race is already over with Hillary having four more electoral votes than needed. The map speaks volumes: while Romney may be able to win in Iowa after campaigning there for a year he cannot win the national race.

Now it is important to note that the map's data was gathered from the Giuliani's own campaign so bias must be suspected. However, everyone should note how the maps are used to say things that would be too wordy for a memo or letter. If a picture is worth a thousand words then a map is worth a million.

Maps Catholicgauze would like to see include landslides like John McCain versus Lyndon "Freaking Crazy" LaRouche or Barack Obama versus Ron "No Chance" Paul. Would the map be a solid color for the first time in history?

2 comments:

Goethe said...

Do you happen to have the 2004 electoral map? I would be curious to compare it with Giuliani's maps.

Catholicgauze said...

Goethe, Here you go good buddy...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_US_presidential_election