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It’s A Mistake For Democrats To Oppose Everything On Principle

Flowchart for a rational debate (View larger) With Democrats nearly fading to obscurity after the 2016 elections — Republicans gained control of all three branches of the federal government, control 34 of 50 governor’s mansions, and 66 of 99 state legislative bodies — I think Democrats are mistaken to oppose everything the new regime proposes.[…]

VP Debate: Far Better Than Last Week’s Embarrassment

As expected, last night’s VP debate (Tim Kaine and Mike Pence — again excluding all but the two most prosperous parties) was calmer, more measured, and much more like a traditional political debate than was the debacle of the week before. We knew this going in because both Kaine and Pence are known for being[…]

Enter The Spin Doctors

The New York Times home page this morning, a rare example of relatively unbiased headlines (Click image to see it full-size) Privately, I predicted to myself that the most interesting thing about last night’s presidential “debate” (Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump) would be the next-morning spin from various news outlets. And I was correct. If[…]

Fourth DNC Debate: My Take

Sanders won every online poll I saw As with the GOP Debate a few days earlier, I did not watch the fourth Democratic Primary Debate; I read the transcript instead, which saved me quite a bit of time. Unlike the GOP debate, this one didn’t provide me with any deal-breakers, though there were few eye-rolling[…]

The Deal-Breakers At The GOP Debate

It’s rare these days that I choose a candidate based on “her values match mine” or “that’s exactly what I would do”. Instead, I find myself listing all the deal-breakers each candidate has, and trying to find the one with the least amount of deal-breakers. Because they all seem to have them. You know the[…]

Quick Impressions Of The Democratic ‘Forum’

This evening, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow hosted an oddly titled First in the South Democratic Candidates Forum with the three remaining Democratic presidential candidates. Consisting of three separate interviews, I quickly realized I enjoyed this format immensely more than I enjoy the so-called debates, from either party. All three candidates seemed more comfortable than they did[…]

First Impressions Of The First Democratic Debate

Tonight, I watched the first two hours of the first Democratic presidential debate. Following are some of my surprisingly brief first impressions.

How Depressing Were Those First Debates?

I am so embarrassed for my country right now. Last night’s first debates of the 2016 presidential campaign weren’t as hilarious as they could have been, nor were they as haywire as they could have been. Instead, they were just sad. Both of them. Depressing even. I hang my head in sorrow. The positions taken[…]

How To Lose An Argument

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Published on: 2014.08.30

My first train of thought here was “Why do people get so upset/angry during discussions?” Particularly discussions or arguments about politics, religion (often versus another religion or versus science), social issues, and so on. My quick conclusion was that many (most?) people don’t know how to have a civil discussion, argument, or debate. Disclaimer: I[…]

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