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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.[…]

By The Numbers (2016 Election)

As I noted four years ago, I’m fascinated by numbers, so despite how my emotional reaction differs from 2012, I still enjoyed looking at the tallies after 2016’s presidential election.   County-by-county results map from 2016 election (Screenshot from The New York Times.)  

2016 Campaign: What Will Change In The Coming Year (UPDATED)

There are polls/surveys that show who might win if the 2016 general election were held now. A Trump-Clinton election would be won by Hillary Clinton (except for the Fox News poll). John Bush would win a Bush-Clinton election (except for the NBC poll). By an even greater margin, and with no exceptions, Ben Carson would[…]

2016 Election: Early Preview (UPDATED)

(First published 2015.02.26. Updated as recently as 2015.07.11 to mark which candidates are running, and to add paragraphs for (some) unexpected candidates.) My daughter will need a new presidential placemat after the next election (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) Of course, it’s too early to talk seriously about the 2016 presidential election, but[…]

‘Overwhelming’ Doesn’t Mean What Pierson Thinks It Means

A recent news article (Support for shutdown in Texas) quotes a Tea Party leader Katrina Pierson as saying: “…what we saw in the last elections is that Republicans were overwhelmingly elected in the Congress, which is the voice of the people.” Fact check: More people cast votes for Democratic candidates than Republican candidates in the[…]

Debate 1: Romney: B, Obama C

Categories: Politics
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Published on: 2012.10.04

Last night’s debate between U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney seems to have resulted in a Romney “win”, even in the media that usually falls to the left of center. But the best headline I saw about it was from CNN: Romney wasn’t stellar, but Obama fell short. And of course the[…]

To Be Fair: Obama Too

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Published on: 2012.09.29

You may have noticed I’ve had a few entries lately that seem to be slamming recurring presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Doesn’t seem fair for someone who claims to be an independent, moderate voter, does it? I guess it was simply born out of my dismay that Romney turned out to be such a weak candidate.[…]

What It Means To Be A Moderate

There’s a bit of public confusion — among politicians, newscasters and so-called political experts — about the terms moderate, independent, and undecided. None of these terms are synonymous with each other, though they’re often used interchangeably on television and in editorial statements. A previous entry of mine (Independent Isn’t The Same As Moderate) addresses this[…]

What It Means To Be An Independent

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Published on: 2012.09.24

My previous entry provided an ever-so-brief definition of “independent” (in the political context), but I feel it bears further elucidation. For one thing, my definition is stricter than that of the Gallup polling organization, when they reported earlier this year that a record 40% of Americans “identify” as independents (31% as Democrats, 21% as Republican).[…]

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