It's no secret that Tuesday saw some big GOP primary shakeups, if you understand the word "shakeup" to mean — as I do — that everything went more or less predictably.
In other words, Santorum topped the polls in deeply conservative Alabama and Mississippi, whereas Romney won in the notoriously liberal, apparently-eligible-to-vote Pacific islands of American Samoa and Hawaii.
Which leads me to wonder, which elections were more important? Let's see how they stack up…
Tags: Alabama, American Samoa, Hawaii, Head-to-Head, Mississippi, Primaries, Republicans
Lately, Rick Santorum has made an attempt to connect with working-class voters by talking up his plan to boost manufacturing and discourage students from attending the bacchanalian orgy pits called "college."
But economic issues have never been Rick Santorum's forte. An analysis of Santorum's speeches on the Senate floor shows that his most frequently used phrases were: partial-birth abortion, abortions, Roe v. Wade, fetal, skull, womb, and — just for giggles — Iran.
Also, he frequently sports a sweater vest.
A lesser organization would set aside these facts as having no possible relation, but at Indecision, we look beyond coincidences to find the intricate connections…
Tags: Abortion, Fashion, Head-to-Head, Republicans, Rick Santorum
If you have a social life more advanced than mine or that of a Carthusian monk or of a Ron Paul Revolution keyboard commando (Internet comments division) you may have missed the most important blogosphere discussion of the week: how much would the Death Star cost and would it be a worthwhile investment?
Students at Lehigh have estimated that it would take $852 quadrillion dollars just to purchase the 1.08×1015 tons of steel needed to build a Death Star, while Kevin Drum has noted that since a Ford-class aircraft carrier costs at least 100 times the value of its raw materials, the final price tag "would be about 1.3 million times the [Earth] world's GDP." However, since the Empire is vast and its GDP so large, Drum estimates that Death Star construction requires just ".03% of the GDP of each planet in the Republic/Empire annually" during each year of construction.
Which raises the obvious question: what makes for the better investment, an Empire-constructed Death Star or a US-built moon base?
Tags: Head-to-Head, Money, NASA, Nerdiness, Newt Gingrich, Star Wars
If Rick Santorum's victories are any indication, Mitt Romney's got a tough row to hoe with far-right conservatives. What's worse, he has no idea what that expression means because he's unfamiliar with physical labor of any kind.
But it's not just Romney who's facing resistance. Recently, Red State blogger Erik Erickson endorsed a "sweet meteor of death" over any of the current GOP contenders. So I began to wonder, how does Rick Santorum stack up against a massive, flaming rock from space that could end civilization as we know it?
Tags: Armageddon, Head-to-Head, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Santorum
Conventional wisdom says that Newt Gingrich is a stalwart, old-school conservative who won't ever be president, and that Mitt Romney is a flip-flopping moderate who may well be president. (It also says two other guys, John Paul and Nick Santorum, might also running, but those reports couldn't be verified.)
Is conventional wisdom correct? Let's see who has the more conservative record…
Tags: Head-to-Head, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Primaries, Republicans