Wow...What a bunch of meaningless made up graphics.
There is no methodology to your trend lines.
Also you include in the title "State Spending..." but then show nothing but National data for your plots...yeah I know you throw in some links but its apples and oranges, its like here is some info on state spending and here is some National data that doesn't show in any way how that spending has worked on a state by state basis.
We all know National polls/votes mean nothing, if they did Gore would have been President.
Maybe if you had plots on individual states and the money that is being spent then maybe that would be of interest.
"She said oil companies already lease about 68 million acres of land that is not being drilled. She questioned why oil companies were pushing to open up the ANWR in Alaska when so many acres they currently hold are not being developed.
On that point, a group of Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation that would compel oil companies to drill in lands they are now leasing from the federal government.
"Oil corporations are trying to take control of as much land now during the oil-friendly Bush administration years, but are holding off on drilling until the price of oil soars to $200 or $300 a barrel so they can make even greater profits," said Rep. Maurice Hinchey, a New York Democrat and a sponsor of the drilling bill."
I believe this is as this blurb suggests that this is a land grab by the oil companies. 68 million acres is a bit over 100,000 square miles or about the size of the U.K.!!! and they are no drilling on it. This is a gimmick.
Its the pandering to sway voters to try and win an individual state that diminishes the overall brand of a candidate. Do it enough times and you end up loosing the whole thing. Clinton won Indiana but lost the primary, that obviously didn't turn out too well for her.
McCain is old school politics and is only proposing this because he needs to. The candidate running behind always challenges the front runner, Clinton did it and McCain is following the same old pattern.
If I felt that McCain had a shred of sincerity behind this I'd entertain the idea but he doesn't.
Its not for secrative reasons like Bush. The Obama campaign is having a difficult time managinging the enormous crowds that show up and want to hear Obama speak. Certain venues can only hold so many people and open invitations can cause all sorts of overcrowding and safety problems.
Because of their low popularity, Clinton and McCain aren't having these problems.