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Earlier I had explored the concept of generating state-by-state karma maps based on the accumulation of "points" for how a given state voted with each presidential election since 1932.  Now, with Florida conceded to Obama, I will generate the new karma map.

Because it's cumulative going back 80 years, there are some counterintuitive karmic scores.  Here is the karma map just before this election:

Karma Map After 2008

I had accidentally ended up with more gradations for negative karma than for positive, but this (also accidentally) makes sense because the worst negative karma is substantially deeper than the best positive karma.  For this election in 2012, we can honestly say the choice was overwhelmingly stark between good and evil, so I'll assign +10 to Obama states and -10 to Romney states - the maximum rewards and penalties for a single election under my karma system:

2012 Karma Map

Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine are recovering from deep holes they dug themselves in eras past, while the vertical from North Dakota through Oklahoma has been in uninterrupted moral freefall since 1968.  Texas has been in uninterrupted freefall since 1980.  West Virginia is currently in freefall, and most likely headed toward pitch black over the next few presidential elections. The rest of the South other than Florida has been in consistent freefall with a few brief upticks for decades, and North Carolina might not be the Renaissance story it had seemed in 2008 - Obama had a superb ground game in NC in 2012, but ended up losing it by a couple of points.  That doesn't bode well for the state's future karma in elections where the Democratic campaign is not a genius masterpiece of political organization.

Since it took moving heaven and Earth to get just past dead even in Florida, despite their karmic gains from 2008 and 2012, they will probably backslide in more ordinary elections. Virginia and Ohio seem to be genuinely improving, although they could backslide.  Iowa, Nevada, Colorado, and New Mexico appear to really be crystallizing on the side of good.

As before, the MVP state is Minnesota - it has sided with the best interests of the nation in every single election but one since 1932.  Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Maryland are the next best.  And also as before, the most karmically vile states in the nation are Mississippi, Alabama, Alaska, and South Carolina.

Anyway, the scoring of each election's choices is arbitrary, but the patterns that emerge are nonetheless consistent and indicative of real cultural strengths and weaknesses.

I would add that what these numbers show is where the "heartland" states of each movement are.  Basically, the heartland of liberalism is Minnesota, while the heartland of conservatism is Mississippi.  This isn't quite what one would guess - you'd think our best state would be Massachusetts and theirs Texas, but the record tells the tale.

3:10 PM PT: I should reiterate that this is only karma from presidential elections.  I haven't delved into Congress or state governance, so there are almost certainly nuances that aren't represented here. - although ultimately it is a reasonably close image of the states' personalities.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    "They fear this man. They know he will see farther than they, and he will bind them with ancient logics." -The stoner guy in The Cabin in the Woods

    by Troubadour on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 02:37:59 PM PST

  •  I have lived my entire life in the deep blue Karma (5+ / 0-)
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    Troubadour, chimpy, IB JOHN, Wee Mama, vidanto

    Born in NJ, raised to adulthood in MN, and the last quarter century in WA. Damn, no wonder I'm a liberal, I've been soaking in it for 50+ years!

    To me progress is not so much a goal as it is a process and I believe it will not follow a straight course. Remember, the drops of water that form the river may not take the shortest path but they will still reach the ocean.

    by ontheleftcoast on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 02:43:17 PM PST

    •  I've lived my whole life in CA. (4+ / 0-)
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      ontheleftcoast, IB JOHN, Wee Mama, vidanto

      Which had actually sunk into bad karma for a while due to Nixon and Reagan, but started recovering with Clinton.

      "They fear this man. They know he will see farther than they, and he will bind them with ancient logics." -The stoner guy in The Cabin in the Woods

      by Troubadour on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 02:53:04 PM PST

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      •  Started...but then elected the T1000 Governator (2+ / 0-)
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        Troubadour, annieli

        and I'm not sure what Karma thinks of Gov. Jerry Brown.  And there's the inhuman Oakland Police and Berkeley Campus Police and the various anti-progressive Propositions passing.  There's a lot of other state legislatures and governors who are generating bad karma as well.

        When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

        by antirove on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 03:19:16 PM PST

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        •  This is only presidential karma. (4+ / 0-)

          And it was a sonofabitch to tabulate, so I don't think I'll be delving even into Congressional races, let alone state or local politics.  Suffice it to say, as above, so below - you can't create large-scale good out of lots of little acts of evil, and people who do great good on the local and state level aren't going to consistently elect psychopaths to the White House.  Human behavior just doesn't work like that.  So a cumulative measure of how a state votes for presidents is meaningful toward showing their moral disposition.

          "They fear this man. They know he will see farther than they, and he will bind them with ancient logics." -The stoner guy in The Cabin in the Woods

          by Troubadour on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 03:23:34 PM PST

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  •  Hey Troubadour, (4+ / 0-)

    I know you live in SoCal (from some of your mountain pictures at Mt. Baldy). How can we only have a Karmic Value of 31? You alone make it 50. Love the post.

    What are their names and on what street do they live-David Crosby-"If I Could Only Remember My Name"

    by IB JOHN on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 02:56:07 PM PST

    •  Nixon and Reagan. (2+ / 0-)
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      We dug ourselves a big hole supporting those two douchebags in four elections, and didn't start climbing back out of it until 1992.

      "They fear this man. They know he will see farther than they, and he will bind them with ancient logics." -The stoner guy in The Cabin in the Woods

      by Troubadour on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 02:58:39 PM PST

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  •  Oh, aren't you using too broad a brush? (1+ / 0-)
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    New Orleans' vote was 80.3% for President Obama, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State Office. New Orleans is one of the brightest blue spots in the country.

    "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed, and hence clamorous to be led to safety, by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." H.L. Mencken, 1925

    by cv lurking gf on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 03:14:06 PM PST

    •  Not to go Godwin or anything, but... (4+ / 0-)

      Berlin was one of the most liberal, tolerant, pluralistic, and culturally vibrant cities in Europe in 1932.  A single tree sprouting amid wasteland does not a forest make, no matter how big it is or how strong its roots are.  Cities like Austin or New Orleans are simply an odd breed of economic pack animals for the wingnut states that own them.

      "They fear this man. They know he will see farther than they, and he will bind them with ancient logics." -The stoner guy in The Cabin in the Woods

      by Troubadour on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 03:19:39 PM PST

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  •  Where's DC? (2+ / 0-)
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    I don't see DC anywhere. Since 1968, when Washingtonians were finally permitted to vote in Presidential elections, DC has never, ever voted for a Republican.

    •  The map template I used didn't show it (0+ / 0-)

      and I didn't remember about it until way late in the process, and wasn't about to go back to 1932 to figure that out.

      "They fear this man. They know he will see farther than they, and he will bind them with ancient logics." -The stoner guy in The Cabin in the Woods

      by Troubadour on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 03:42:12 PM PST

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  •  ah, but is there a Karmic Justice map (0+ / 0-)

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 04:06:37 PM PST

  •  This is so partisan (1+ / 0-)
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    Troubadour

    Which is why I love it. Go Dems!!!

    16, Progressive, Indian-American, Phillies Phan. Obama/Om/Chase Utley

    by vidanto on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 04:28:24 PM PST

    •  Not that partisan. (0+ / 0-)

      I didn't see there being any moral reason to penalize voting for Eisenhower.

      "They fear this man. They know he will see farther than they, and he will bind them with ancient logics." -The stoner guy in The Cabin in the Woods

      by Troubadour on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 04:30:41 PM PST

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