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The parts of Virgnia that are voting for Obama aren’t “the real Virginia.”

Having announced Thursday that the parts of the country that are voting for Obama aren’t “the real America,” the “pro-American” parts where “hardworking people” live, the McCain campaign now says that the parts of Virginia where the GOP ticket is going to get slaughtered seventeen days from now aren’t “the real Virginia.”

My God, it must hurt to lose an election based on areas that don’t even exist! Nate Silver provides a less metaphysical interpretation: the “real America,” defined as places Sarah Palin has been speaking, is much whiter than the unreal statistical America those bureaucrats in the Census Bureau dreamed up.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com