Recently the Whatcom Republicans shared this lovely image with their fans on Facebook.
The whole point of a Venn diagram is that you have two or more different topics, and you want to compare them. The overlap is what they have in common. For instance, here is one of my favorite Venn diagrams (yes, I have favorites!) that shows various Science Fiction shows, with my favorite, Doctor Who, in the middle.
You can clearly see that the overlap is what they share.
So let’s go back to that graph the Whatcom Republicans shared. The overlap seems to be “the Gap”, where allegedly “Promise” and “Results” don’t align. Which means that if they were to do a proper Venn diagram, it would look like this:
Yes, it is a really lousy version I whipped up on paint, but since the artist in the family is at work, this is what you get. The point is that what the Whatcom Republicans posted really isn’t a Venn diagram. So I pointed that out and got this lovely response:
Now this particular graphic was designed by the Romney campaign, which leaves us with even more questions like, “If you can’t trust them with a Venn diagram, how can you trust them with our national seal? What other visual icons will they fumble with? The Statue of Liberty? Why do they hate graphical representation so much?!”
Now that is being a partisan hack.