I am on break from my Critical Thinking class right now, and I am amazed at the exchange I just had with her. We were discussing the Iowa Caucus, and she said (paraphrased) that "the Caucasus should be held in New York and California because they have the most people, and would provide a neutral environment for a Caucus. They properly represent America because of their population.." I said, "but those are liberal states.. they are always blue states.. you are forgetting the vast expanse of mid-western states which are nothing like the general population in California or New York, and therefore, California and New York do not represent America on the whole." She says, "But they have the greatest population." To which I reply, "but they are the most liberal states in America! You cannot seriously assert that New York and California represent the typical American." And she ended the conversation abruptly with something to the extent of "okay, anyway.."
Who was right? I am at least half her age.. so I want to consider her experience as not only a person but a teacher of critical reasoning.