People often talk about “racism/sexism/xenophobia” vs. “economic suffering” as if they are totally distinct dichotomies. Of course there are substantial elements of both in Trump’s voting base, but the two categories are inextricably linked: The more economic suffering people endure, the angrier and more bitter they get, the easier it is to direct their anger to scapegoats. Economic suffering often fuels ugly bigotry. It is true that many Trump voters are relatively well-off and many of the nation’s poorest voted for Clinton, but, as Michael Moore quite presciently warned, those portions of the country that have been most ravaged by free trade orgies and globalism — Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Iowa — were filled with rage and “see [Trump] as a chance to be the human Molotov cocktail that they’d like to throw into the system to blow it up.”
Source: Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit
It’s possible to argue that electability should not be the primary factor. That’s certainly reasonable: Elections often are and should be about aspirations, ideology, and opinion-changing leaders. But given the lurking possibility of a Trump presidency, is now really the time to gamble on such a risky general election candidate as Hillary Clinton?
Source: With Donald Trump Looming, Should Dems Take a Huge Electability Gamble by Nominating Hillary Clinton?
July 17, 2016
Lots of people are yelling about how if you don’t vote for Clinton you may as well be voting for the Trump monster. Because of the wonders of the electoral college, that’s not true in many states. If you’re a … Continue reading
December 3, 2015
Source: The Purple Election Map | Observer I often see conservatives complaining about how their views are decried as “fringe,” that the only people who don’t recognize the normality of their worldview are those in liberal, coastal cities. The problem … Continue reading
April 17, 2015
Measured by self-identification, partisanship is actually declining — growing numbers of Americans describe themselves as “independent” rather than loyal to one of the parties. But measured by actual voting behavior, the opposite is happening: Straight ticket voting continues to grow. … Continue reading
October 24, 2011
As much as I support the Occupy Wall Street movement, I find the actual interviews and videos of the protesters really, really irritating.
September 13, 2011
I normally delete comments that merely sling insults and don’t contain any substantive contribution/critique. But I had to leave this comment by Dave Koch from Prescott up on my post poking fun at the poor writing skills of of AZ … Continue reading