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7 of 14 and All That

From a reader:

Dear Jonah:

Your 7 of 14 reference was brilliant, on levels you may not even realize. You could start referring to all politicians based on the relative power they hold in their reference group. For instance, John McCain would be ‘7 of 14′. Here’s an example of how the system could work, in a political analysis piece:

“Why did 7 of 14 screw 1 of 100? Two theories immediately leap to mind:

1. 7 of 14 was angry at 1 of 1 for his perceived behavior during the South Carolina primaries, back when 1 of 1 was only 4 of 50.

2. 7 of 14 was tired of being 49 of 100, and was looking to upgrade to 1 of 1 in 2008. He thought helping 2 of 100 out of a jam would impress 61,000,000 of 118,000,000, when he runs against 2 of 2 in ‘08.

Conclusion: 7 of 14’s gambit is likely to fail, since 31,000,000 of 61,000,000 will not give him the Republican nomination in ‘08. 2 of 2 will become 1 of 1, and 7 of 14 will become 148,632 of 290,000,000.

Enjoy (or not) figuring this out.

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