So today I was supposed to write about Divided America, a book long on statistics and short on useful ideas. But given Barrack Obama’s selection as the Democratic nominee, I find myself less able than ever to delve into Earl and Merle Black’s thesis that America is an evenly divided country with the Democrats controlling the Norheast and the West Coast, the Republicans controlling the South and the Mountains/Plains states and the Midwest cast as the eternal "swing" region. Of course, I could easily point out how dry and un-engaging I found the Black brothers analysis of long term regional polling data or the fact that the Black’s intense categorization of the electorate as, for example "non-Christian whites" vs "New American minorities" left me cold and confused. But today, it seems to me is a day to celebrate Obama’s victory. And the Blacks’ dry statistical analysis be damned.