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Electoral Math Looks Grim For Republicans In 2016 & Beyond

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Elections, Electoral College, Republicans

So Nate Silver is out with some more numbers today that prove how clueless the Republicans were with regards to the electoral college. Know why? Because Ohio isn’t the state that swung it for Obama. It was Colorado. And he took at that state by nearly 5%. The state after that? Virginia, which he easily […]

November 8th, 2012 | Permalink| 8 Comments »

Why Are Things so Partisan?

By David Summers | Related entries in Bipartisan, Elections, Independents, News, Partisan Nonsense, Voting

In my previous article (on how you can write-in “None of the Above”, rather than be forced into the choices dictated by the two party system, http://donklephant.com/2012/10/18/you-can-vote-none-of-the-above/), I just noted how the write-in ballot can be used to express one’s dissatisfaction with the current partisan system, without really getting into how & why things came […]

October 19th, 2012 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

Bloomberg Injects Bi-Partisan Money Into 2012 Races

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in 3rd Party, Bloomberg, Elections
October 17th, 2012 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Bill Clinton mocks Mitt Romney for being too “Clintonesque”

By mw | Related entries in clinton, Debates, Elections, Independents, Obama, Romney

In an evenly divided country with a divided government there are worse things than a President without core ideological convictions who is willing to compromise and govern based on pragmatic politics and the polls. What is specifically worse, is a dogmatic President who does not. The polls are, after all, indicative of the will of the majority.

Based on their relative performance in the Democratic Convention, Bill Clinton is a more effective advocate for reelecting Barack Obama than is Barack Obama. But when Barack Obama campaigns with Bill Clinton he runs the risk of reminding voters that Mitt Romney is more likely to be a ”Clintonesque” President than Barack Obama has proven to be over the last four years.

October 11th, 2012 | Permalink| 8 Comments »

Of debates, expectations, and empty chairs

By mw | Related entries in Colorado, Debates, Elections, I Told You So, Obama, Romney

The New Yorker is as good a place as any to start a round-up of reactions to the first Obama – Romney debate… The reaction on the right was a predictable and consistent mixture of triumphalism and relief, best exemplified by the opening minutes of The Colbert Report. The response on the left was more interesting, spanning a wide range of rationalizations and emotions including: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

October 6th, 2012 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

Former Florida Gov Charlie Crist Endorses Obama, Lambasts GOP

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Elections, Florida, Independents, Obama, Romney

Crist was rumored to be on the GOP Veep short list in 2008, but McCain ultimately went with Palin. Then he wanted the GOP Senate seat in Florida, but lost to Marco Rubio when he ran as an Independent when Rubio showed too much juice as a Tea Party candidate. The big knock against Crist […]

August 27th, 2012 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Jeb Bush Wants Rubio for VEEP

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Bush, Elections, Obama, Romney, Rubio, Veep

He told Romney that the Freshman Senator was ready to take the top spot recently. From the Miami Herald: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush thinks Sen. Marco Rubio is ready to be vice president and he shared those thoughts with presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, he said Wednesday. Bush said he has been a huge […]

July 25th, 2012 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Defending the defensible: Citizens United two years and one election later.

By mw | Related entries in Elections, Money, Supreme Court

Instead of speculating about the future, enough time has passed that we can now begin to assess the actual effects of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision as opposed to succumbing to our fear and loathing of what might hypothetically happen. Tim Cavanaugh of Reason Magazine takes a look at the subsequent impact.

March 19th, 2012 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

Epic Fail of Ranked-choice Voting in Oakland

By mw | Related entries in Bad Decisions, Elections, Politics

With Ranked-choice voting, Oakland voters are facing the question whether they legitimately elected an incompetent, or if they were denied the opportunity to vote for their preferred candidate for mayor.

November 14th, 2011 | Permalink| 27 Comments »

The Race For Vice President

By Jennn Fusion | Related entries in Elections, Republicans, Veep

Election Season is an exciting time to cover politics, especially when you look at all the limelight players shifting in the winds. It may be subtle, but people who want to be involved in the next White House Administration on some level must be making bold moves to capture the national spotlight right now. They […]

October 10th, 2011 | Permalink| 14 Comments »