oh and new analysis says that gay marriage wasn't as big a factor in the election as we thought. and if you look at the true voter maps
that break down red and blue by county and population density you can see that there is no 'vast republican majority.' the rural repubs continue to hold merely a slim edge over the rest of us in metropolitan areas (aside from dallas and houston, they can secede). and there are great, promising arcs of blue across the south, providing a nice pathway from new york to new orleans. will have to keep that in mind for the next road trip.