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Electoral College Fantasies

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No, the EC is not going to elect Clinton.

Gratitude for the Art of Losing Graciously

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Democracy produces good rulers, right?  Sometimes.  What good democracies actually produce best is good losers. Let us then be grateful for gracious losers, for our losers no less than our winners carry forward the American experiment in self-rule.  

This is the alt-Right

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Calling it neo-fascist is not hyperbole.

The Whitelash Backlash

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So what’s wrong with the Whitelash Backlash thesis?  Not everything, actually.  But plenty.

President Trump’s Unprecedented Conflicts of Interest

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The incoming president’s business interests are a yuuuge problem.

Vice President-Elect Pence Visits Broadway, Gets A Post-Performance Message

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Mike Pence’s night at the theater included a message from the cast. Good for them.

Trump, Hamilton, and the Presidency

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If one believes the electoral college is awesome, one cannot make an argument from the position of “the wisdom of the Founders” nor from a viewpoint based on original intent.

Donald Trump: Establishment Candidate

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On Tuesday night the Establishment won and won yuge. (From new OTB contributor, Michael Bailey)

Meh Hillary

Clinton, Gates, And Mullen Testify Before Senate Foreign Relations Cmte

It has become necessary to destroy the party in order to save it.

Electoral College Wargames And Paths To Victory

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A look at the Electoral College shows that It is far more likely that Hillary Clinton will win the election than that Donald Trump will.

Your Ballot Selfie May Or May Not Be Legal

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Depending on what state you live in, taking a picture of your ballot and yourself on Election Day may or may not be legal.

Bush Family Member Says Bush 41 And 43 May Vote For Clinton

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Are these the faces of Clinton voters? George P. Bush thinks so.

I’m A Political Junkie, But 2016 Has Burned Me Out

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I’ve been something of a political news junkie for 40 years now. This year has burned me out.

Clinton, Inc.

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The personal, the political, and the Foundation are so intertwined as to be one enterprise.

Most Damaging Presidential Run, Ever?

Trump And GOP Elephant

Has any major party nominee for president ever damaged his reputation in this manner?

Trump’s Damaged Brand

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Donald Trump is losing something much more important to him that an election.

The Third And Thankfully Last Presidential Debate of 2016

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Last night’s debate, sadly, lived down to my expectations.

The Republican Dilemma

Trump And GOP Elephant

Candidate trumps party in a presidential system.

Even If Trump Loses, Trumpism Will Remain A Powerful Force In The GOP

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Even if Donald Trump loses next month, the political forces inside the GOP he tapped into are likely to remain very powerful.

Trump Gaining With Less Educated Whites, Losing With College Grads

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Donald Trump is doing worse with white voters than Mitt Romney did in 2012.

This Election May Not be as Weird as we Think

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Political Science research suggests that the election is, in basic ways, about what we would expect.

On the Potential Global Consequences of a Trump Presidency

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The reputation of the US matters in global affairs.

First Clinton-Trump Debate and Low Expectations Redux

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Judging 2016 by historical standards hasn’t worked out well thus far.

Clinton And Trump Clash In First Presidential Debate

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It wasn’t exactly Lincoln-Douglas but, in the end, Hillary Clinton clearly outperformed Donald Trump last night.

First Clinton-Trump Debate Confirms Low Expectations

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Trump had a much lower bar than Clinton going in. Neither cleared it.

Donald Trump’s Attacks On The Media Are Irresponsible And Irrational

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Donald Trump has spent more time recently attacking the news media than anything else. He ought to be condemned for it.

GOP Control Of The Senate At Risk As Trump Flounders

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With Donald Trump floundering, there are a whole lot of nervous Republican Senators up for re-election.

Trump Losing Support From Republican Women

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It just keeps getting worse.

America’s Perpetual Wars

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President Obama will leave office as the first two term President who presided over eight years of war. It didn’t start with him and it won’t end with him.

Police Killing People with Drones

HUTCHINS, TX - JUNE 13: Dallas Police use a robot to gain access to an armoured van, which authorities believed was rigged with explosives, and was driven by a suspect who attacked Dallas Police Headquarters in Dallas, Texas, June 13, 2015. A lone shooter in an armored van, believed to be rigged with explosives, opened fire on the Dallas Police Headquarters early Saturday morning. The shooter reportedly unleashed multiple rounds and planted explosive devices around the station before leading police on a chase that ended in a standoff in the parking lot of a fast food resturant. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)

The Dallas shooting spree ended with police killing the perpetrator with a drone. I’m okay with that.

Clinton Cleared Legally, But Her ‘Extreme’ Carelessness Will Follow Her To The White House

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Hillary Clinton’s extreme carelessness with classified information probably won’t cost her the election, but it should.

No Charges Against Clinton Despite ‘Extremely Careless’ Safeguarding of Classified Information

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The presumptive Democratic nominee for president won’t be going to jail. But we knew that.

Once Again, The Supreme Court Stabs At The Heart Of The Fourth Amendment

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The Supreme Court has once again issued a ruling that further chips away at the protections of the Fourth Amendment.

Can Americans Unite In Response To Tragedy Anymore?

Orlando Pulse Shooting

National tragedies, whether man-made or natural disasters, used to bring Americans together. Now they just seem to pull Americans apart.

Trump the Presumptive Nominee (Some of What I got Wrong)

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In case anyone noticed: I got the Trump nomination wrong.

Clinton Email Scandal: What Should Be Done?

Hillary Clinton departs Malta for Liyba

A commenter asks what the consequences ought be for Clinton’s transgressions.

State Department Inspector General Faults Hillary Clinton, State Dept. In Email Probe

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A bad day for the Clinton campaign.

Judge: Giving Ohioans Only 28 Days to Vote Unconstitutional

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An overreach on the “disparate impact” standard.

Donald Trump Resurrects The Worst Of Clinton Derangement Syndrome

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For Donald Trump at least, the start of the General Election campaign is the perfect time to dredge up decades old conspiracy theories.

Vast Majority Of Native Americans Not Offended By ‘Redskins’ Name, New Poll Claims

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A new poll indicates that the argument that the name “Redskins” is disparaging is not an accurate statement of how Native Americans themselves feel about the issue.

Trump Probably Couldn’t Afford To Self-Fund A General Election Campaign

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Donald Trump has announced that he would not be self-funding the General Election campaign. That’s probably because he really couldn’t afford to do so.

A Reminder About Polling

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As we begin to head into General Election season, a few things to remember about the avalanche of polls to come.

The Republican Party Jumps the Shark

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In the immortal words of the Fonz, I was wr-wr-wr-wr . . . not exactly right.

Early Poll Numbers Show Hillary Clinton Trouncing Donald Trump

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If these numbers hold up, then the GOP may as well start planning for the 2020 primaries now.

Donald Trump’s Vice-Presidential Choice: Would It Be Conventional, Or Crazy?

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Several top Republicans have already said that they would not accept a position on a ticket with Donald Trump, so who might he choose?

Republicans Resigning Themselves To Trump Being Their Nominee

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For better or worse, Republicans seem to be resigning themselves to the inevitable.

Transgender Rights And The Sudden Conservative Obsession With Bathrooms

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The passage of a new law in North Carolina has revealed an apparent obsession among some on the right with who gets to use which restroom.

Cruz Likeliest Winner in Contested GOP Convention

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The second place finisher in the Republican primaries is looking like the first loser.

Trump Whines About A ‘Rigged’ System, But The Blame Lies With Him

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Donald Trump is complaining about a ‘rigged’ delegate selection process, but the truth is that the fault lies with only one person, Donald Trump.

Yes, We Would Benefit From A More Diverse Supreme Court

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Justice Sotomayor argued last week that we ought to look somewhere other than just the Courts of Appeal, the Ivy League, and the Northeast for Supreme Court Justices. She’s right.

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