December 06, 2004


Democrats are trying to steal an election. Why, it's just like 1960 all over again.

In other US election news, the NY Times has compiled a bunch of campaign data. Highlights:

• Democrats watch more television than Republicans

• The channels with the highest proportion of Democrats were Court TV and the Game Show Network; for Republicans, Speedvision and the Golf Channel.

• During the week, Republicans switch off the tube earlier than Democrats do. (Republicans who stay up are more likely to tune in to Jay Leno, while Democrats flock to David Letterman.)

• One of the shows most popular with Republicans, especially Republican women ages 18 to 34, turned out to be "Will & Grace," the sitcom about gay life in New York.

• Porsche owners were more likely to be Republican; Volvo owners, Democratic.

That last one isn’t exactly a shock. As to why Republicans watch less television than Democrats, the Times writes: "Some analysts surmised that [this] had to do with Republicans not trusting the broadcast networks." Meanwhile, the Fox juggernaut has now rolled into Springfield ...

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Posted by Tim Blair at December 6, 2004 11:28 PM

>"Some analysts surmised that [this] had to do with Republicans not trusting the broadcast networks."

Well, that was the case when I lived in the UK with four equally leftist channels. I don't know whether Channel 4 or the BBC were worst.

Posted by: jorgen at December 6, 2004 at 11:34 PM

they're such little pathetic turds.

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at December 6, 2004 at 11:51 PM

Your mention of Jay Leno reminds me of this page linked by Kev Gillett:

Jay Leno's hotrod, based on a 1792-cubic-inch engine from a Patton tank.

No wonder Republicans like him!

Posted by: Evil Pundit at December 7, 2004 at 12:04 AM

"When I was a child, I thought as a child"

When I was a socialist I used to lap up every fucking word on the ABD/CBC.

"Now I see through a glass darkly".

Now, I know that if there is anything I need to know, I will hear about it at Spleenville,

That's why conservatives watch less TV. We avoid anything "opinion" related. And that includes the MSM News.

Never thought I would say this to a Collingwood supporter but "Good onya Tim"

Oh Jeez, here we go again another "Wrong or missing security code"

Another fucking multiple post

Posted by: jlchydro at December 7, 2004 at 12:10 AM

Court TV and Game Show Network Democrative faves? Well, that pretty much shoots down the whole correlate-the-party-with-intelligence argument, doesn't it?

Cheating Kerry voters probably screwed their boy over because they got handed a provisional ballot and had an immediate "Match Game" flashback: "My candidate is so dumb, he makes tree moss look like _BLANK_"

Posted by: richard mcenroe at December 7, 2004 at 12:27 AM

That has to be the classiest Election Update ever. You're not just trying to boost goodwill in advance of next year's vote, are you?

Posted by: Joe Geoghegan at December 7, 2004 at 12:54 AM

Who was the best non-Australian blog?

Posted by: Ron Hardin at December 7, 2004 at 01:34 AM

"As to why Republicans watch less television than Democrats..." Maybe because more Republicans can read?

Posted by: richard mcenroe at December 7, 2004 at 01:47 AM

Richard, I thought more Republicans had jobs, so they can't lay around and watch TV.

Imperial Keeper

Posted by: Elizabeth at December 7, 2004 at 02:06 AM

Will and Friggin' Grace? How is it possible that everyone involved with that abomination has not yet been sent to the gas chamber? Seriously, has anyone seen this thing? A convincing argument could be made that it singlehandedly killed television comedies. The writing is painful, and any joke that might be salvageable is promptly screwed up by the horrific timing of the so-called actors. This is why women shouldn't be counted by Nielsen.

Posted by: W. at December 7, 2004 at 02:27 AM

Dubya, when I used to watch TV (before law school broke the habit), I caught a few episodes of Will & Grace. I liked it.

Then again, I like women too, so I think you and I just have different tastes in general.

Posted by: Joe Geoghegan at December 7, 2004 at 02:44 AM

Speedvision! Yes!

MotoGP! Two-Wheel Tuesday! Motorsports Mundial! Tuner Transformation (Canadian dorks hop-up ricers)!

It's a beautiful thing. That, and Spike TV. They're Lifetime and Oxygen for men.

Posted by: Dave S. at December 7, 2004 at 03:34 AM

Will and Grace? For the love of God, why? Good grief, that show sets gays back 50 years and sitcoms back even further. They can't show "Amos 'n' Andy" anymore but they can show this?

I have to agree with W. that everyone involved should be punished, but I think "Seinfeld" and "Friends" are more to blame for the ruination of sitcoms than this show. When it premiered in 1998 the damage had been done.

Posted by: Attmay at December 7, 2004 at 05:01 AM

Will & Grace is boring to this female demographic. Seinfeld was torture.

On cars, politics and stage of life: It's a little embarrassing to be a Volvo-driving Republican, but a Porsche seems so "second adolescence" for an over forty-year old. Is there a nice car a woman can drive that isn't a mini-van (ugh), that handles reckless creative city driving, and that doesn't look middle age crazy?

Posted by: A at December 7, 2004 at 05:45 AM

A: Stick with Volvo, get an S60R or (if space is needed) a V70R.

300HP, AWD, and if you debadge it you can really confuse people with your mondo speed.

Posted by: Sigivald at December 7, 2004 at 07:38 AM

I drive a Toyota Camry. What does that make me?

Speaking of Seinfeld, the first round of the last Ken Jennings episode of "Jeopardy" was basically a glorified ad for the DVD sets of "Seinfeld". It was disgraceful.

Posted by: Attmay at December 7, 2004 at 08:11 AM

Luckily for the Dem supporters that cannot live with the thought of Dubya for President for the next 4 years, there are some people who are sympathetic to their plight.

All in all, this is a win-win situation for everyone concerned.



Posted by: JPB at December 7, 2004 at 12:13 PM