In 1751, Ben Franklin shrewdly observed that that America’s low population density meant higher wages and lower land prices, incentives to earlier marriages and more children. The Palin nomination may signify that this has not been lost on Carl Rove, for Steve Sailer points out in this month's American Conservative that only Mormon Utah exceeds vast Alaska rivals Mormon Utah in white fertility , with a birth rate 38 percent higher than crowded California. He notes :
This Baby Gap helps paint the electoral map red or blue. In 2004, Bush carried 25 of the top 26 states in the total fertility rate (expected number of babies per woman per lifetime) among whites, while Kerry was victorious in the bottom 16. It’s all about the ratio of land and resources to people. Even excluding Alaska, the counties that Bush carried in 2004 are four times as large in area as Kerry’s counties.