As a Cubs fan, you don’t need to remind me that 1908 was a long time ago. That year is so far off, it is more of a concept than a concrete entity. It’s almost impossible to grasp just how remarkably different the world was the last time the Cubs won the World Series.
We all know the basic details — there’s been two World Wars, a Cold War, cars have become commonplace and someone invented radio, TV, the internet, Snuggies, chemical and atomic warfare.
Yet none of that puts the Cubs futility into context as well as taking a look at the electoral map from the 1908 presidential election, which occurred one month after they swept the Tigers for back-to-back world titles to start a still unfulfilled dynasty. Virtually everything about our nation’s population has changed.
In this year’s election, Florida’s 29 electoral votes have been hotly contested by Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. In 1908, it’s unlikely William Howard Taft or William Jennings Bryan even visited the godforsaken place — only 5 electoral votes were at stake.
States with more electoral votes at stake than Florida included Iowa, Nebraska, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and West Virginia.
And for a true lesson in mind-blowing, consider this: the last time the Cubs won a World Series, Iowa had more electoral power and congressional representation than California. Currently responsible for an overwhelming 55 electoral votes, California only had 10 in 1908.
Perhaps we should take another look at this “not empowering people who live in California and Florida” concept. Or at least the “electing fat guys with handlebar mustaches” concept.
And since this history lesson hasn’t quite been humiliating enough yet, there’s this: Arizona, New Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii aren’t even on the 1908 electoral map because they weren’t states yet. Heck, back in 1908 Hawaii had only been a U.S. territory for 10 years after a bunch of sugar companies made it so.
Oh yeah, one more thing.
If Obama wins this year, chances are his ability to win the women’s vote will play a role.
The last time the Cubs won the World Series, the women’s vote didn’t matter — because they couldn’t.