. . . Tuesday March 29, 2005

Doing the Splits

It’s won’t come as much of surprise that we are more divided than ever:

Political polarization intensified during the 2004 elections, continuing a trend that has defined voting behavior for most of the past decade and that has left the two major parties increasingly homogenized and partisan. Only 59 of the 435 congressional districts went in different directions in presidential and House elections last year, according to newly released data from the political analysis firm Polidata. In the remaining districts, voters either backed both President Bush and the Republican House candidate or John F. Kerry and the Democratic House candidate.

The findings came as no surprise to election experts but as confirmation of patterns that now appear ingrained in American politics. In 2000, there were 86 such “split-ticket” districts, and in 1992 and 1996, there were more than 100 such districts.

So which side is winning and which side is losing? That answer shouldn’t come as much of surprise either. The haves are winning and those that have less are losing. You can call it the great divide. We’re divided and it’s great for big corporations with well-lubed lobbying groups.

Much more on this later.

Concentration is important!