If you just want my prediction, here it is:
Hillary Clinton: 322 electoral votes
Donald Trump: 216 electoral votes
If you’d like to know why, then there’s four things you need to know about polling right now:
1. National polls don’t matter. They’ve never mattered and the media should stop using them. US Presidential elections are decided by state votes, whoever wins the most electoral votes – each state has at least 1 and the number is based roughly on population – wins the Presidency.
Hillary Clinton will easily win California and its 55 electoral votes. That number – 55– comes from the total number of Representatives and Senators the state has, with the former being based on population determined by the most recent census. California has the most EVs because it has the largest population, while North Dakota has 3 EVs because hardly anybody (by comparison) lives there.
It takes 270 EVs to win the election.
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My hot take on who won the Pence vs. Kaine debate is that Tim Kaine won simply because he did his job being a proxy debater for Hillary Clinton. Mike Pence lost because he pretty successfully pitched the 2016 Republican Party agenda — a good bit of which his running mate doesn’t support — instead of being a proxy for Donald Trump.
Pence did exactly what he knows how to do: argue for himself.
Had this been Pence vs Kaine for a Senate seat, Pence wins because of that. But it’s not. Pence did zero damage to Hillary Clinton and Kaine, by repeating a lot of the unpopular and contradictory things Trump has said, reminded people they aren’t voting for Mike Pence, they’re voting for Trump. And Pence just didn’t want to do that.
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Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia
Antonin Scalia had no business being a judge in any level of court, but that’s as far as I’m willing to go speaking ill of someone who just passed away. I believe that all life is precious (Scalia did not) so I’m sad that he’s dead.
With that out of the way, this really puts Republicans in a tough spot. You can safely ignore whatever the GOP Presidential candidates say about whether or not he he should be replaced after the 2016 election — they have no say in the matter. Only Rand Paul gets to vote on the next nominee and he has no more power over the process than that. Read More →
I haven’t written about politics for a few years now but I remember how viciously stupid it all was, and so I shouldn’t be surprised that little has changed since then. I suppose when I left that scene and dedicated a seriously large (too large) chunk of my life just trying to have fun with good people that I forgot how rude and dumb a lot of people are, especially online. And this particular example hit me in a sensitive spot: judging others.
There’s a link in my Fecesbook timeline this afternoon to this piece, which defends super delegates as a firewall against outside extremists taking control of a political party. What they really are, are a firewall against political candidates that are popular with voters from gaining control of political parties run by people that voters dislike, and often despise, for ignoring what voters want in favor of what the ruling political and corporate class want. Read More →
Meet Bob Frey, a Republican candidate for the Minnesota House has some thoughts he’d like to share with you about the origin of AIDS:
When you have egg and sperm that meet in conception, there’s an enzyme in the front that burns through the egg. The enzyme burns through so the DNA can enter the egg. If the sperm is deposited anally, it’s the enzyme that causes the immune system to fail. That’s why the term is AIDS – acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
I don’t care if people instinctually believe the worst about people in the opposition party, and knock Democratic policies that you oppose with all you want, but you just don’t find this level of
ignorance stupidity on the left in viable candidates and elected politicians. Whether it be denying climate science or evolution (both of which are denying science itself), or insane crap like this, this isn’t a bipartisan problem where “both parties have their idiots”. They do, but this isn’t about being an idiot. It’s about being only a few steps about the dreaded R-word.
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I can’t recall explaining my views on Israel because I honestly doubt that anyone cares. But given recent events and my criticism on Twitter, I’ll very briefly set the record straight. I don’t see Israel differently than any other country. It has a national government that rarely represents the will of its citizens, about par for the course on this planet.
My precise problem is the overreaction the Israeli government and military display with these horrific temper tantrums that accomplish little more than slaughtering more innocent civilians than are killed or even wounded by Hamas.
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I don’t think anybody is really happy with President Obama these days, but there’s a reason that he’s far more popular with the public than Republicans are:
The South Dakota Republican Party state convention passed a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama Saturday.
The resolution says Obama has “violated his oath of office in numerous ways.” It specifically cites the release of five Taliban combatants in a trade for captive U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl, Obama’s statement that people could keep insurance companies, and recent EPA regulations on power plants.
In other words they want Obama impeached because he’s a Democrat and he’s President. Not for the legitimate NSA domestic spying scandal, or for killing American citizens overseas with due process-free drone strikes, or for ignoring federal laws. They want him impeached because he’s pushing the EPA (with his constitutional authority) to do their job keeping the environment clean.
This, folks, is why Obama’s job approval rating is 30 points higher than the Congressional GOP despite the actual rating being in the 40s. It’s why Republicans would have lost their majority in the House of Representatives in 2012, if not for gerrymandering, why Hillary Clinton — who will be about as popular as Obama by election day — will probably walk away with the contest two years from now, why Republicans Governors are set to be massacred this fall, and one of the reasons why Republicans will lose seats in the Senate in 2016 and 2018.
A party that behaves like this is not a legitimate entity. It’s just not.
It’s a meme today to look through the Twitter history of conservatives to expose their behavior that just screams my entire life revolves around hating Barack Obama so much that I can’t think or act for myself, and all my political and world views are now defined by wanting the completely opposite of what Barack Obama wants today. Behold the intellectual four-year-olds of the world:
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Note: I landed a screenwriting gig for a short film earlier this month and have been busy with that for the past three weeks. I’m on scheduled downtime right now and will vanish again in a few days until that’s done.
Poking my head up for a moment to note the inevitable threw-the-pin-not-the-grenade stage of right-wing political masturbation. I’m not talking about Cliven Bundy, but rather the right’s rush to inform the entire galaxy that LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling appears to maybe possibly kind of be a Democrat based on a couple of political donations he made in the past.
If your goal here is to smear Democrats with guilt-by-association tactics, there’s little point in trying to find out if the man is actually a Democrat or not. All you need to sling mud is mud, and the right found some. Unfortunately for them — and it really is unfortunate after they got in bed with Bundy — another racist hand grenade blew up in their face. Turns out Donald Sterling is a registered Republican.
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It wouldn’t always be the worst thing in the world if Democrats in the Senate acted like Republicans in the House of Representatives. Republicans know their attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act won’t succeed, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some benefit to trying. It keeps their issues in the news and lets them campaign on trying to do something that their constituents want (even though polls routinely show that most Americans, including even some Republicans, don’t want the ACA repealed.)
The reason that opposition to the ACA has remained high while support for new gun regulations has fallen is because Republicans know how to keep their issues alive, and Democrats don’t.
With the Senate up for grabs, Democrats should dedicate the Senate’s agenda to debating and voting on a minimum wage hike, new gun regulations, a new tax package of cuts for the middle class and increases on the rich, and new education spending even if it’s not paid for. Every single one of those policies has majority public support and is opposed by the Republican Party.
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