It's not about statistics though. That's where you're going wrong here. It's about a change from one point in time to another. If something changes from state1 to state2 and you want to know why, you look at what happened between when it was at state1 to when it changed to state2.
But you don't look at how it changed from state 3, 4, 5, or any others right?
Not if the question I'm asking is "Why did it change from state1 to state2". No. Why would I?
You're trying to make the word "low" mean "lower." 2008 had a lower GOP turnout than 2004, not a low turnout. One is a comparison between a singular other instance and the is a generalization.
And yet, when you couple the word "low" with the word "relatively", in the context I was using it, most people should be able to noodle out that the turnout was low "relative to the previous election". At the risk of repeating myself, had I used the word "historically", you'd have a point. But I didn't.
If I told you my girlfriend was tall at 4'2", I don't point to a midget standing next to her and say "see, she's tall." When I say tall you expect I'm comparing her to a typical female.
Um... But if you were asking why your girlfriends head hit an overhang while the midget next to her didn't, and someone said she was "relatively tall", wouldn't the reasonable assumption be that she's tall relative to the midget and that this is why she hit her head?
It would be quite strange for you to instead assume that the other person was speaking in terms of average heights of people overall, since that has nothing at all to do with the discussion at hand. And even more strange to continue to argue that this must have been what the other person meant, even though it makes no sense at all and he's continually explained to you what he was talking about. And then even more more strange to attempt to argue that the other person is wrong somehow in his assessment as to why your girlfriend hit her head because you insist on clinging to a completely absurd interpretation of what he said rather than the very reasonable and logical one that makes perfect sense.
Compared to a typical GOP presidential race they had a high turnout in 2008.
And compared to a typical passenger car, 5 quarts of oil would be plenty to run in my engine. Sadly, that would leave my car about 3.8 quarts low and probably cause massive damage. Do you see how comparing to "typical" cases is often not very useful?