Algebra and politics: A Marty Weil exclusive
Marty Weil is, I think, the only writer left at the Post who has been around longer than I have. He is the polymath hero of our night-side operation, able when necessary to write a story about anything in about three minutes. Here is a message he sent me last night:
"I was excited today to hear an application of ALGEBRA to politics:
in the 23rd congressional district of NY, 3,000 votes now separate the candidates; 10,000 absentee ballots remain to be counted; what percentage does the Conservative/Republican need to overcome the Democrat's lead?
(D plus C) =10,000; (C-D) =3,000 C=6500', so answer is Conservative candidate needs just over 65 pct of absentee ballots to win. Shows how algebra unconsciously figures in daily life."
I am not sure I understand the math, particularly the D + C =10,000, but I learned to trust Marty. At Class Struggle we welcome other examples of algebra affecting our routine existence.
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