November 7th, 2004


Ten random things: November 7

Ten governors of Pennsylvania:

  1. James Addams Beaver (1887–91)
  2. Edward G. Rendell (2003–present)
  3. James H. Duff (1947–51)
  4. John Kinley Tener (1911–15)
  5. John Stuchell Fisher (1927–31)
  6. John Andrew Shulze (1823–29)
  7. John White Geary (1867–73)
  8. Francis Rawn Shunk (1845–1848)
  9. Thomas Mifflin (1790–99)
  10. Raymond P. Shafer (1967–71)
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I made a small error in my recent post about the Electoral College. I wrote:

If 137,000 people had voted the other way in Ohio, John Kerry would be the President-elect, despite losing the national popular vote by 3.5 million votes.

And that's true, but it understates how close President Bush came to losing. Since Ohio is a winner-take-all state, Kerry would have needed to pick up only 69,000 votes to win Ohio's 20 electoral votes and thus the election. He would have lost the national popular vote by 3.4 million votes but won the Electoral College by two. That's two votes, not two percent.

Of course, if the margin of victory in Ohio had been that narrow, the entire state would now be covered two inches deep in legal briefs from the countless lawsuits the GOP would have filed, and we wouldn't yet know who had won the election. So maybe it's just as well Bush won.

By the way, I'm using a new icon for this post. It's adapted from this photo, which is part of the Chicago Sun-Times's "Real Chicago" photography collection.

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Friendly reminder

Just a friendly reminder to anyone who's looking forward to the season premieres of The Simpsons and Arrested Development (which in the latter case should be everyone): if you're not going to be watching live, don't forget to pad your recordings. You never know how long NFL games are going to run, and I don't want to hear a lot of pissing and moaning because someone's TiVo or VCR cut off before the end of the show.
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I wonder...

Would Bravo actually be so stupid as to reveal the winner of tonight's round of Celebrity Poker Showdown in a commercial for the championship round next week?

Yeah, probably.

ETA 11:25 PM: But in this particular case, they appear to have been bluffing. Cute.
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