Mr. Obama's election victory came as a welcome gift from those who made that choice in places mostly far from where I live, and mostly far from where I have ever lived. In the end, those who voted for him in South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and Kansas--all states I once and do call home--were essentially uncounted. Their electoral college votes all went to Romney. In fact, despite our hopes for a continuation of the President chosen four years ago, we could only watch as people in other places, most of them far from Lake County, South Dakota, overcame those who chose Obama's opponent.
So a guy has to reflect on living among a majority whose views are so different from his own. So I look back on places I have lived to see how far out of synch from the majority I am, at least on choosing a president:
RED: Stanley County, SD: Obama 28.2%, Romney 69.0%
RED: Lawrence County, SD: Obama 35.0%, Romney 61.8%
RED: Albany County, WY: Obama 46.4%, Romney 48.9%
RED: Yellowstone County, MT: Obama 39.0%, Romney 58.6%
RED: Ford County, KS: Obama 30.5%, Romney 67.5%
BLUE: Roberts County, SD: Obama 54.1%, Romney 44.2%
RED: Lake County, SD: Obama 43.3%, Romney 54.4%.
Makes you wonder, doesn't it? It is nice to know, however, that my three children are all living in areas more friendly to Mr. Obama and the Democrats in general: Hennepin County, MN, went for Obama 62.4% and Romney 35.6%. They're among those who chose the President. Thank you, people in blue.
All figures are from the "President Map" on The New York Times.