Fodder for Political GeeksNovember 28th, 2008 by Steven Gardner
- Immediately know what LoTR is;
- Have ever played any games involving dragons; Carry a calculator;
- Have read all the Harry Potter books;
- Can give quotes from MST3K and know what MST3K means;
- Watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer when it didn’t involve participating in a drinking game;
- Are afraid of public places and people in general;
- Collected comic books;
- Never had a suntan that wasn’t focused on your forearms;
- Don’t know how to swim;
- Don’t know the difference between a line drive and a frozen rope;
- Never played sports that didn’t involve rackets;
- Joined the school choir;
- or were a devotee of Dr. Who;
You might be a geek, or a nerd. Apparently there is a test for it. You can go to it here. I scored 10.45365, which means I have geekish tendencies. Your results may vary.
Were they to give out a test of some kind, and someone here might know of one, dealing with political geekiness, I would aspire to do well.
Hence a story this weekend on what reading the numbers in the latest elections mean, particularly to Kitsap County.
Here’s the long and short of it: It’s not getting better for Republicans.
To get to that astonishing conclusion, I looked at the 21 races (And by the way, this little nugget only accounts for part of the story. I figured the geeks that visit this blog would appreciate it.) in which Kitsap voters could choose between a Republican and a Democrat. In 2004 five races were Kitsap only, so we go 5-0 in those. In 2008 there were six Kitsap-only races.
In 2004, Kitsap voters picked Democrats 15 times. In 2008 the number was 16. Not that big a deal, right?
Here’s the difference. In 2004 and 2008 Kitsap voters were on the losing end twice. In 2004, though, those losses were split between the two parties. In 2008 both losses were handed to Republicans. In 2004 the county voted for Republican governor candidate Dino Rossi and Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. This year the county picked Republicans for state treasure and public lands commissioner and lost.
Even worse for Republicans, in 2004 the GOP won two of the five Kitsap-only races. In 2006 and 2008 they didn’t win any.