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Sorry Romney: Mediterranean Climate Aside, California Ain't Greece

Yesterday in Iowa, Mitt Romney made a little joke at the Golden State's expense. "Entrepreneurs and business people around the world and here at home think that at some point America is going to become like Greece or like Spain or Italy—or like California," he said.

Then he added, "just kidding about that one."

Then he added, "in some ways."

So, we get it; California's a little bit of a mess right now. And red states love to nyuk about blue states, and vice versa. But in case you want a multi-dimensional, quantitatively rich, five-chart assessment of Romney's poorly delivered joke, Jordan Weissman over at The Atlantic has you covered.