Besides movies, another hobby of mine is politics.
I just logged on to RealClearPolitics, and, looked at the Electoral College Map for 2012. They even have a map you can fill in yourself.
So, I did.
Amazingly, when I was done (this one for Romney, that one for Obama…), the final tally was: Romney 269
2012 Electoral College according to my expert prediction:
Here’s how it went down on my map:
Obama: DC, MD, DE, NJ, CT, RI, ME, MA, NY, PA, VT, MI, WI, MN, IA, IL, MO, HI, NM, NV, WA, OR, CA
Total 22 states and the DC, for a total of 269 Electoral votes.
Romney: the other 28 states, for a total of 269 Electoral votes.
There are some states that do not award “winner take all”, but rather by Congressional district. So, the scenario could come down to a single Congressional district deciding the election.
Anyway, it’s a tie… and you heard it here first.
Since this is a movie blog… I’ll take the opportunity to recommend 2 really great political movies… both, incidentally, are products of HBO…
The first is, “Path to War”, a detailed account of the Lyndon Johnson administration’s policies that slowly, but surely, escalated American involvement in Viet Nam. I don’t think this quote by Ho Chi Minh actually made it into this particular movie… but it’s such a profound and prophetic quote, I’ll repeat it here:
Ho Chi Minh, speaking to the French, who fought in Viet Nam before the Americans, said: “You will kill ten of us. We will kill one of you. But in the end, you will tire of it first.”
My favorite line that actually does appear in the movie “Path to War” was “Everyone’s got McNamara’s ulcer but McNamara.”
The second movie that I recommend concerns the Bush vs. Gore election, where President George W. Bush won the Presidency 5-4 (let’s face it, the only vote count that really mattered that year took place at the Supreme Court).
The movie is called, “Recount.” And even after all of these years, if you’re like me (i.e. not a fan of “W”), it will still make you mad.
A political movie that I don’t recommend: the documentary “The Fog of War”, which interviews Robert McNamara. Even in his last chance to redeem himself, McNamara still seems in a fog he won’t, or can’t, see through. Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.
Finally, “Primary Colors” is worth viewing. John Travolta has his President Clinton imitation perfected.