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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Remember This?

posted by on November 11 at 13:41 PM


Published four years ago this week.

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I have a very yellowed copy. :)

Posted by Nay | November 11, 2008 1:46 PM

Yeah Friz, I didn't even know what The Stranger was four years ago, and I've seen this a billion times posted on Slog, referenced on Slog, on a deck of building cards as well as a deck of playing cards.

Posted by Idkfkfkfkfk | November 11, 2008 1:56 PM

The only copy of The Stranger I've held on to. The Urban Arhipelago article is epic.

Posted by Cades | November 11, 2008 2:08 PM

I have it framed. So very different than this years post election cover eh?

Posted by Mrs. Y | November 11, 2008 2:13 PM

If Obama ran based on the thinking in that article, he would have lost.

Posted by Trevor | November 11, 2008 2:14 PM

Yeah, BO's campaign really makes this cover look absolutely inane. You city folk sure are a hysterical lot.

Posted by Doug S | November 11, 2008 2:29 PM

@5, @6

Are you just being contrarian? Cities seem to be a huge chunk of what Barack Obama won. "Where is Obamaland?"

Posted by Strand | November 11, 2008 2:46 PM

One of The Stranger's finest moments, IMO.

Posted by Matthew | November 11, 2008 2:53 PM

@2 What are building cards?

Posted by eustaceia | November 11, 2008 2:56 PM

I still have my copy. I should post the picture of me reading it on Flicker soon someday.

Posted by Simone | November 11, 2008 2:56 PM

For four years The Stranger has been confusing a good cover with a good idea. The urban archipelago idea is dumb. What 5 and 6 said. I'm kind of amazed that you guys keep bringing it up. You've been completely proved wrong. Obama won with a 50-state strategy, not a cities-only strategy.

Posted by Gabriel | November 11, 2008 3:05 PM

I decoupaged it onto canvas and hung it on the wall.

Posted by laura | November 11, 2008 3:27 PM


Rural voters have been considered reliably Republican since President Bush overwhelmingly won their votes in his two presidential elections. In 2008, they supported John McCain 56.4 percent to 43 percent that's close to a landslide.
What President-elect Obama did not do is unite the country. His bump in rural areas is nothing compared with his monumental gain in cities a margin there of close to 13 million votes up 10 percent from John Kerry's urban take. That makes the urban-rural political divide as big as ever.

Posted by jrrrl | November 11, 2008 3:32 PM

You're all right--and wrong. Obama's "base" (i.e., the counties he won) is predominantly urban. This tells me generally where the local populace and I will be simpatico.

However, the source of a state's electoral votes doesn't matter. Obama won so many new states because of the large shift in votes--in nearly all counties--toward the blue.

Posted by emma's bee | November 11, 2008 3:36 PM

To me, this cover is all about stopping people from fleeing the country and/or killing themselves. I don't believe it was meant as a sign that in the future a candidate should only campaign in cities. How could you possibly take offense to someone saying that big cities are progressive? That's basically what this cover is about. It was to make us all feel better. I love it.

Posted by citrus | November 11, 2008 4:40 PM

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