If Your Neighbor Threatens to Leave the Country if Romney Wins, Send Them This

This was a sentiment I heard a ton in 2004 but not really in 2008.  I think Republicans really need to leave this type of petulance to the Left.  But if you’re so inclined, Jet Blue is there to fly your neighbors right out of the country if your candidate for President loses. JetBlue is having fun with this any making the tickets round-trip, but I really think they should be one-way.  I belatedly signed up Alec Baldwin for his 2004 bed-wetting.  He lives 2 blocks away and is a major league jerk in person just as much as he is caricatured in the media:

JetBlue offers free flight out if your man loses election

(AFP) – 36 minutes ago

NEW YORK — Ever threaten to leave the United States if your candidate loses the November election? JetBlue Airways will help bitter partisans fulfill that promise — with free flights out for the losers. The low-cost carrier announced its “Election Protection” gimmick Wednesday to coincide with the first presidential debate between incumbent Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney.

“We’ve all heard it said before: if my candidate does not win, I’m leaving the country,” senior vice president for marketing Marty St. George said in a statement. “We decided to give people a chance to recover from the political noise and follow through on their claim to skip town if their candidate comes up short.”

Participants will need to go on the JetBlue website, choose their candidate, and sign in through Facebook to be eligible to win one of over 1,000 tickets that will be given away to those whose guy fails to win the White House. JetBlue flies nonstop to 21 international destinations, including Aruba, Barbados, Jamaica and Costa Rica. Should those who bolt feel a longing to return, don’t worry; the free flights are round-trip.


  1. Posted October 3, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Rasmussen has updated its Partisan Trend data through September: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/archive/mood_of_america_archive/partisan_trends/summary_of_party_affiliation

    I’ve plotted the data, and fitted some trend lines to demonstrate the downward trend of those identifying as Democratic vs. Republican and Independent (Other), and posted the graphic here: http://oi45.tinypic.com/j7awcl.jpg

    Based on the smoothed trend lines, party ID shakes out at 36.2 Republican, 32.7 Democrat, and 31.1 Independent (Other), for a +3.5 for Republicans.

    • Posted October 3, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Is that your prediction for next month? I would like to run that chart in a post but would prefer only Rasmussen’s actual data. Can you make the same graphic but end at Sep 2012? I have the post ready to go but would only want to use actual data. Thanks.

      • blcjr
        Posted October 3, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

        The “data” is Rasmussen’s, i.e. the individual data points. The lines are a statistical fit (using a statistical method known as “loess-fit” which is essentially a relaxed kind of trend line, i.e. moves with the data, rather than forcing a straight line. The numbers at the end are the fitted values for September 2012, not the actual numbers. The actual values are in the data at Rasmussen that I linked to. Does that explanation help? Is it my forecast for next month? No, but it does show that Democrat party identification has been declining, while Republican party identification has been rising, and that based on the indicated trends, Republicans should outnumber Democrats in national polls. So why don’t they? Something’s awry with the sampling methods pollsters are using to keep coming up with polls that show D’s outnumbering R’s. BTW, the partisan trend data would seem to agree with the “generic ballot” polls that show Republicans doing better than Democrats. Even if Obama has some edge over Romney for some reason (say “likeability”), it ought to be an edge that would be evident even in a polls that show, say, a 2-3 point weight advantage for Republicans.

        What I really think the data show is a likelihood that Republicans will do better with turnout than Democrats next month. Since each candidate seems to get about the same percentage of his own party’s votes (what, ~ 90%?), and Independents seem to be favoring Romney, then it bodes well for Romney. Actually, if the turnout is like what the chart seems to indicate, I think Romney wins by 6 points, i.e. 53-47.

      • Posted October 3, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

        Good explanation. And I love the graph. It’s a shame it doesn’t work for the post I have worked up. By ending on #s that aren’t Rasmussen’s it makes it look we are altering the actual data to our advantage. Good stuff though.

  2. Posted October 3, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Is this the three-month average?

    The monthly average had it slightly down from R+4 to +2.5 or something, not bad considering the Clinton bounce.

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