Friday, November 20, 2009

Chart of the day

The New York Times gave the wonder triplet hive mind of the op-ed floor the other day. Of course they decided to devote their time to health care. Their findings? That the younger and poorer you are, the more likely you are to want reform. The other main finding? That the more likely a Senator of Representative is likely to drone on about their final decision coming down to what's best for the people in their district/state, the more likely they are to be full of shit and ignoring the wishes of the people in their district/state. No, what support or opposition seems to coalesce around is the relative popularity/'08 election vote totals that Obama received in said elected betters' state/district, regardless of voter's overall views on health reform.

Isn't that nice? That everything in DC, no matter how big or small, never comes down to whether or not it's the best plan or whether people want it, but the nakedest of political calculations....that end up being completely shortsighted and wrong when all is said and done. Thanks for renewing my faith in democracy, 538, you math obsessed happiness vampires.

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