Jon Udell: Electoral ebb and flow
The NYT images are neat, but Udell's Flash version takes it to another level. Astounding to watch the presidential EC outcomes over time. 2000 and 2004 are sui generis.
My take is that we are seeing the future. I think the science of polling and of dividing up the electorate has developed to the point that, barring a collapse of democracy, and given an effective two party system, the parties will morph until each divides the country in half. One will always include the faith-based thinkers and the xenophobes, the other will include the weak, the different, and the outcasts. Otherwise they'll divide up the rest.