I also like the map that queenofstripes put up, and her reasons for posting it. By and large, the "red states" aren't all that red and the "blue states" aren't all that blue, you know. Here's her post, and thank you to MSNBC.com and BoingBoing for the map.
I decided to combine the two and look at a purple, population-proportionate map. And it's behind the cut.
Note that I had to improvise DC, as it wasn't painted in the MSNBC original. But it went 90% Kerry, so that's about right.
Now I want to see the same thing by county. Anyone?
[No image? Try http://www.offhand.org/claudia/images/purple-proportional-map.jpg ]
[Edited 1/28/2012: for posterity, more and better maps at http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/2004/ and elsewhere on that site ]