In the election when President Ronald Reagan won all but one state, a commentator described a map of the results as looking like a “blue lake”.
When posting the results of the 2000 presidential election, a history-challenged TV graphics person coloured the democratic states blue and the republican states red. For some inexplicable reason, the entire media establishment of the USA mindlessly continues to perpetuate that ridiculous error.
For more than 200 years red has been the colour of socialists – red army, red Chinese, REDS, etc., and blue has been the colour of conservatives. All the rest of the world still does this.
It might help sort out out the confusions in people’s minds if the US media returned to calling the Democrats “Reds” and the Republicans “Blues”!