Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Paul Ryan:
In his first interview since losing the election, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) wouldn’t admit that voters rejected his economic vision and instead chalked up President Obama’s victory to a large turnout of the “urban vote.” “I don’t think we lost it on those budget issues, especially on Medicare, we clearly didn’t lose it on those issues,” Ryan to local station WISC-TV. “I think the surprise was some of the turnout, some of the turnout especially in urban areas, which gave President Obama the big margin to win this race.”
Hmmm... the urban vote! WHAT COULD HE POSSIBLY MEAN????


  1. He meant: "When did we start letting black people vote?" and "How do we stop that?" Don't worry Ryan, Ohio, Virginia, Florida, and Georgia are all looking at ways.

  2. Are you sure he's not talking about "Blah" people?

  3. Nope, pretty sure they had the bland white people vote.

  4. I mean, cities did carry Obama. America is overwhelmingly red when you look at geographic area, but the greater the population density, the greater the propensity to vote for Obama. Now, I haven't done stats on this myself, so I don't know how much of that effect is explained by ethnicity. But I'm guessing the urban vote is a phenomenon that's independent of ethnicity.


    That said, this is Paul Ryan we're talking about so he probably meant "blah" people.

  5. This site will help you see ethnicity based on location: http://projects.nytimes.com/census/2010/explorer, though it might not include the 2010 census.

    But I'm not sure we can separate ethnicity from location taking into account white flight and then black flight out of urban areas and the causes behind that. Also, the regulations including those of realtor associations that had openly racist policies to keep blacks (and other minorities) where they were supposed to be. There are some fascinating urban studies/sociology books on the subject.

  6. Yeah, I agree that the reality is complicated than what he said, I just found Ryan's comment funny cause I think we know what he probably means. Really cool links!