On MSNBC last night, Rachel Maddow reported on a new Gallup poll showing that the country has moved even further toward the Democratic Party during the first six months of this year. In fact, the poll says 37 states are either leaning or turned solidly blue, while only five remain Republican.
The big news is that Texas -- yes, Texas -- is now a swing state, with Democratic voters having a slight edge over Republicans. But the even weirder news, for those of you scoring at home, is that Tennessee is now supposedly leaning blue. This would seem an entirely implausible theory, given the fact that we don't even have a functioning Democratic Party.
So is the Gallup poll in error? Or have we geeks in politics and media continued to behave as if Tennessee is slightly to the right of Mussolini, while the people have quietly undertaken a dramatic shift to the left?