Sunday, September 14, 2008

How important is Delaware?

Answer: Not very.

[Palin's] state of Alaska has less [I would use the word fewer, myself, as more grammatically correct] than 700,000 residents, which reduces the job of governor to the scale of running one-tenth of New York City. By comparison, Rudy Giuliani is a towering international figure.

Well, Delaware only has about 850,000 residents, which reduces the job of governing Delaware to running--actually--about ten percent of New York City, assuming NYC still has 8 million. I missed a lot of school when we studied fractions, but by my calculations Delaware is about 12 percent more important than Alaska.

By these criteria, Delaware isn't much:

Delaware is 45th largest state in population, which makes it pretty negligible, although not as contemptible as Vermont or Wyoming, 49th and 50th, respectively. I don't know why we even bother to have an election for governor, really. The place could probably run itself.

Let's look at the world. Giuliani could probably govern both Luxembourg (pop 483,800) and Iceland (pop 319,355) together without turning a hair. Imagine what these two countries could save in salaries every year if they just had to pay one chief executive!

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Duffy said...

I'm not very good at geography but isn't Alaska slightly larger than Delaware?

miriam sawyer said...

They're talking about population numbers, not land area. Alaska is humongous in terms of land.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

"By comparison Rudy Giuliani is a towering international figure."

Yeah, but let's see him first shoot and then field dress a moose.

Dick Stanley said...

Delaware is a state? I thought it was just the name of an Indian tribe.

Rachel said...

Rudy could kill a moose with just one penetrating glance.

The Sanity Inspector said...

"Delaware: The Eastern Seaboard's tollbooth."

miriam sawyer said...

I think, actually, it could be classified as the nation's tollbooth.

miriam sawyer said...

And Dick, it wasn't a State until Pennsylvania got rid of it.