Why The Electoral College Revolt Was Doomed

Why The Electoral College Revolt Was Doomed

There was much ado about the Hamilton Electors, a pack of Electoral College Electors trying to get the College to elect a Republican alternative to Trump. Despite unprecedented public support and pressure, the Hamilton Elector movement went out with a mighty fizzle. It was probably doomed from the start. 

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Reflections from a Scarred City

Reflections from a Scarred City

Xander and I had the great pleasure of visiting Berlin for the 2nd time over the past 5 days.
But Berlin is a city that can haunt you constantly, if you're looking even a bit close. Those scars have a lot to teach us and remind us. 

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Ending the "Vote Against" Effect

Ending the "Vote Against" Effect

If it feels like the way we vote is pretty messed up, you're not crazy. If you aren't happy with Clinton and Trump, or your Congressional candidates, as options, there are ways to change this. 

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Is the US Voting System to Blame for Donald Trump?

Is the US Voting System to Blame for Donald Trump?

Seth Stevenson of Slate wrote an article on Monday called "Don't Blame Voters for the Rise of Trump. Blame the Stupid Way We Vote." Slate isn't known for being particularly easy on the right-wing, so this is one of those "Only Nixon can open China" sorts of deals, and very much worth a read. But the axe I want to grind is that we can't take responsibility away from voters for who they ended up picking. 

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How US Political Parties Could Change: Pt II, Demographics

How US Political Parties Could Change: Pt II, Demographics

The Millennial picture wasn't looking very good for the Republican party as we know it. They're much less socially conservative than their older counterparts, and more inclined to support folks like Bernie Sanders and Gary Johnson than guys like Donald Trump or Ted Cruz.

But people can change: the Baby Boomers used to be represented by pinkos and hippies. Then look what happened.

But demographic change has a much more sturdy kind of impact, and it's gonna be yuge.

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How US Political Parties Could Change: Pt I, Millennials

How US Political Parties Could Change: Pt I, Millennials

So those of us who are not quite old are used to a historically steady kind of Democratic and Republican party. Obama isn't all that different from LBJ; Bush wasn't all that different from Nixon.

Could this change? Well, maybe. There's a lot of different ways it could go.

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Are American Democratic Institutions Breaking Down?

Are American Democratic Institutions Breaking Down?

I was recording a podcast today with Roifield Brown, talking political conventions (it'll be up soon). One thing he asked me: "is America in its winter, or are its best days ahead?"

I thought about it, and have thought about this for a while. I of course don't have an answer; nobody does. But I do have some concerns. 

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Independence Day Musings: On the Constitution

Independence Day Musings: On the Constitution

As I spool up for my own grill (set in the Mad Max apocalyptic future, as a nod to the growing American political dysfunction), I've been thinking about how well we do or don't tie back to our roots.

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Reflections on reflections on an infamous dictatorship

Reflections on reflections on an infamous dictatorship

Warning of American fascism is all the rage these days, right? It's easy to notice something after the klaxons already start blaring, but we can learn a lot more from those that saw it coming ahead of time. Back in August of 2014, Xander began piecing together some of the early signs, and leaves us with a powerful warning.

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How to Hack the Electoral College... and Its Implications

How to Hack the Electoral College... and Its Implications

The record setting distaste of Clinton and Trump has some people thinking about getting an alternative into office. Really serious people are considering using the Constitution to hack the electoral college. What are the potential implications if they pull it off? 

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