Red States vs. Blue States

Using the terms “red state” and “blue state” to refer to states with a Republican or Democratic bent respectively is a thoroughly modern construction, credited to the late Tim Russert, who coined the current usage during the 2000 election.


Marian's picture
Marian on November 5, 2008 - 15:23 Permalink

It’s also disconcerting from a Canadian perspective where red means Liberal and Blue means Tory.

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oliver on November 5, 2008 - 20:41 Permalink

Ala Palin we could start talking about “real America” and “unreal America,” although hopefully now just with irony.