I was recently trying to express a sentiment like the following.
New York is bluer than South Carolina is red.
(For those not familiar with U.S. political jargon, blue = Democratic and red = Republican.)
Although the above phrase is grammatical, it struck me as at least slightly awkward. I can think of numerous variations of this kind of sentence:
Joe is more courageous than Harry is foolish.
Janet caught more fish than I did crabs.
While these phrases can easily be reworked into a longer or different form, e.g. "Janet's fish outnumbered my crabs", I would like to know if there is a more fluent way of expressing this kind of comparison that preserves (more or less) the same structure.