01/12/2009 05:24 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Monkey Cage/Forum on the 2008 Elections

Something I meant to link to earlier: The political scientists over at The Monkey Cage are hosting an online discussion of the 2008 elections this week in collaboration with the electronic journal, The Forum. The discussion kicked off this morning with an introduction by John Sides that listed the articles by an impressive collection of PoliSci notables on "such topics as forecasting models, the nominations battle, the influence of race, the historical context of Obama’s victory, foreign affairs, and realignment."

The contributors at The Monkey Cage promise to post their reactions to the articles in hopes of spurring a week-long conversation with their readers. Should be interesting. They already have their first set of "reaction" posts up from John Sides, Andrew Gelman, Phil Klinkner and Lee Sigelman.

I haven't had a chance to delve into the papers yet, but Klinkner has posted an intriguing preview the article he co-authored with Tom Schaller based on two maps that show an amazing correspondence between counties where John McCain improved on the percentage of the vote won by George W. Bush in 2004 (below, in red) and those where "native southern whites make up 65 percent or more of the population" (see his post).