Authoritarianism On Display Pt 3

The pessimism within significant sectors of the GOP is more than the unhappiness partisans typically feel when the other side is in power. It’s rooted in a belief that things have fundamentally changed in America, and there is an ominous possibility they just can’t be put right again.

Message To The Front Page. Dear God, Give It A Rest.

Look, I know you just love talking about Donald Trump and the Republican Party. I get it, really I do, they are fucking nuts, fine, great. But my god, if you just glimpse at it, it is Trump central. I am sure one diary a day [one per week even] summarizing his lunacy would be…

How I went from Bernie to Bernie to Bernie

I voted for him as my States single Representative. I voted for him as one of our 2 senators. I voted for him in our primary. What I really hope to be able to do is go to him again and vote for him to be our next President. I believe my own consistency in…

The Decline Of The Two Main Parties

From Gallup Around 30% are registered Democrats. Around 26% are registered Republicans. Around 43% identify as Independents, a record. A hint, many of this 43% is not in the center to be triangulated over. One of the reasons Congressional job disapproval stands at 77.5% [actual approval is at 14.3%] As for closed primaries in a…

“Donald Trump may be a rat, but I have no desire to copulate with him.”

That title is a direct quote from Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, responding to allegations of marital infidelity. Now, I don’t know whether the claims by the National Enquirer are true. For that matter, I don’t know whether I would care if they were true. Consenting adults, and all that. And, in general, I think…

Republicans Could Be About To Self Destruct

They could be on the verge of actually creating a third party through sheer stupidity. If they dump Trump at the convention he will for sure run as a third candidate in the general election, out of sheer spite if nothing else. They should know that a spoilt brat will throw all the toys out…

Authoritarianism On Display Pt 2

Authoritarianism is not a new, untested concept in the American electorate. Since the rise of Nazi Germany, it has been one of the most widely studied ideas in social science. While its causes are still debated, the political behavior of authoritarians is not. Authoritarians obey. They rally to and follow strong leaders. And they respond…

Authoritarianism On Display Pt 1

As we showed in our analysis of the Clinton/Obama primary fight in 2008, in our book, as well as in analysis of election data from 2010 and 2012, what distinguishes Democratic from Republican voters among whites isn't education level or income level. It's authoritarianism. The data are consistent in this – low authoritarian white folks…

How Hope and Change Became It's OK

Barack Obama won a Presidency on Hope and Change. The Republicans gave us 8 years of utterly outrageous obstruction. Many Democrats folded like a house of cards in a gale. The apparent winner of the Republican primaries gives us fear and loathing. The apparent winner of the Democratic primaries gives us business as usual. I…

Trump has taken a leaf out the European Extreme Right's Playbook

Mix hatred and with a good dose of fear and then pretend the result has nothing to do with you. His recent rhetoric is from the Front National of Jean-Marie Le Pen and not that of his daughter Marine. This is old school rhetoric and equally toxic, find the victim and go for the throat….

It could be a really strange election

Two more polarizing candidates would be hard to find, Hillary should win a run off judging by the graphs above. However, it would also appear to be a turnout killer. Why turn out for someone you dislike less? It is also the case during a head to head run off between the two the disgust…

Partisanship: The Bottom Line

We may view ourselves as belonging to certain groups with what we perceive to be clear boundaries and conditions for inclusion. But in the end, we each share an arguably common set of political and personal ambitions: a peaceful existence; some measure of financial prosperity; a sense of personal well-being; a healthy dose of happiness…

Bloomberg declines to run; aides essentially admit plan to sandbag Sanders

By now, many news-aware folks here have likely heard that Bloomberg is officially declining to enter the 2016 Presidential race as an independent. That’s good news for Team Blue; although Bloomberg’s been a member of both parties over the years, he’s a staunch supporter of gun control and would almost certainly have siphoned more Democratic…

I'm An Independent: So I'll Take The Advice Given by Kos

I won’t get involved in the Democratic Party Primary and I’ll keep out of their way during the bullshit storm that should end in November. I won’t vote Republican, I cant vote for collective insanity. The Democratic Party has however done very little to attract my vote for decades and yet they have still had…