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  •  Come to think of it (6+ / 0-)

    Why are they switched?  The colors began as blue for the incumbent party and red for the challenger, then somehow swithched to the current red-blue, republican-democratic model.  There is no reason that Obama should be red.

    •  In Europe and Canada (7+ / 0-)

      the center-left party is shown as red and the center-right as blue.  In the UK, the Tories are ble, Labour is red, and the LibDems are yellow.  In Canada, the Conservatives are blue and the Liberals are red.

      "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

      by TLS66 on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 06:17:47 AM PST

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    •  Around 2004, I believe, one of the networks (3+ / 0-)

      switched and the others followed suit since that network was particularly influential that election. NBC, if I recall correctly.

      Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better?

      by ConfusedSkyes on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 06:18:14 AM PST

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    •  A result of the 2000 recount (8+ / 0-)

      Before then the networks had switched back and forth every election.  Clinton and the Democrats were red in 1996, blue in 1992, Dukakis and the Dems red in 1988.  In 2000 the board stayed up for weeks so they have stuck with blue for Democrats red for Republicans ever since.

      "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

      by Navy Vet Terp on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 06:18:45 AM PST

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      •  Cable News Hype (9+ / 0-)
        In 2000 the board stayed up for weeks so they have stuck with blue for Democrats red for Republicans ever since.
        It also helps push the media's sensationalistic "blue state vs. red state" hype mentality to have the colors be consistent.

        “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

        by RoIn on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 06:34:08 AM PST

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        •  Bad news about red vs. blue colors (2+ / 0-)
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          nellgwen, Navy Vet Terp

          Scientific studies show that people have a more positive reaction, more 'energy' with red than with blue. Sports teams wearing red win more often, for example.

          "Blue bloods" used to be considered effete vs. say, red meat.

          I can't stand the whole red and blue thing.
          America is red, white, and blue........

          •  True Blue (1+ / 0-)
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            Colors have speed.
            Red is the fastest color, blue is the slowest. Green is in between.
              Take this test. Close your eyes for a few seconds. Then open them.
              You will notice that your eyes will immediately see the tiniest red thing in the room before it sees anything else. No matter how big the blue thing is.
              Red is the color of rage, passion, furious, Hell, etc.
              Blue is the color of calmness, serenity, fidelity, spirituality, Heaven, etc.
              If you're doing a painting or drawing if you want to put something forward in the picture plane use red, if you want to set it back in the picture plane use blue.
              Red has more chroma than any color, except maybe some blacks. like purple blacks. My favorite of all the blacks.
              Red goes from red to white or black with more steps than blue. Blue gets to both ends pretty quickly.
              Also when you are talking about pigment red, blue and yellow are the primary colors. When you are talking about light red, blue, and green are the primary colors. Yellow is made at the cross section of green and red. I've seen it happen.
               Blue is easier on the eyes than red, even the violet blues. Looking at red tires out your eyes. Looking at some reds for a long time can start to burn your eyes. The cherrier red the red is the harder it is to look at it. The yellower or orangier the red the easiest it is to look at.
               See college can be fun especially when you take a color class.


            "Is that your vegetarian leather jacket?" George Harrison

            by nellgwen on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 08:29:38 AM PST

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          •  Blue signs win more, however (0+ / 0-)
          •  Blue is the color of strength and calm. (0+ / 0-)

            Pay attention to banking, financial, legal and often medical logos.  They almost always include blue, and are often dominated by it.

            Two men walk into your office wearing identical navy blue suits, white shirts. They're going to be responsible for managing all your money from here on out. And you cant interview or speak to them first. One is wearing a bright red tie. The other, a blue tie.

            Whom do you trust more?

            © grover

            So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

            by grover on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 11:28:59 AM PST

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