America’s Four Parties

Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans truly represent most Americans. Fixing that is exceedingly unlikely.

Virginia’s Youngkin Already ‘Underwater’

The Commonwealth’s undemocratic political system is, shockingly, unrepresentative of the will of its people.

Elections with Foregone Conclusions

Greatest democracy in the world, right?

Of Laws and Men

Our system lacks accountability.

On Moderate Legislative Power and Other Political Dreams

A bloc of moderates is not coming to a Senate near you.

Podcast Recommendation

SLT guests on Peaceful Political Revolution in America to talk American democracy.

On the Number of Parties, Part 3: More Sophisticated Counting

The effective number of parties.

On the Number of Parties: Basic Counting, Part 2

This time: some multi-party examples.

On the Number of Parties: Basic Counting, Part 1

Counting is not necessarily as straightforward as it may seem.

Revisiting Stacey Abrams’ Nonconcession

Assessing her actions in 2018 in light of 2020 and onward.

Single-Seat Districts are a Huge Problem

Politicians controlling lines control voters (instead of voters controlling politicians).

Trump, Electoral Fraud Lies, and the Primaries

Our system and the shaping of the GOP’s future.

The House of “Representatives”

The erosion of representativeness continues.

Election 2021 in Context: Looking at Electorates

The electoral calendar affects who the electorate is.

Backwards: When Politicians Choose Their Voters

Voters are suppose to choose elected officials, not the other way around.

Saving American Democracy

The Politician’s Syllogism rears its ugly head.

Thoughts on Partisan Cues and Filters

Thoughts on how we think.

Is Texas Undemocratic?

The Lone Star State has enacted some peculiar new laws.

The Size of the US House of Representatives

It hasn’t changed in over 100 years (but the population sure has).

Elite Behavior Matters

The College Republican National Committee Chairman elections shows the lessons taught by the national party.

The Problem isn’t Breyer, it is one of Constitutional Design

Put the frustration where it belongs.

Some CRT Theory/Politics of Race Thoughts

You know, some light weekend thoughts.

Sinema’s Misunderstanding of the Senate (and of Basic Politics)

The post really isn’t about Sinema as much as it about a theory of poltiics.


A damning number.

Once Again to Madison and Republics

The saga continues.

Hamilton on Super-Majorities

Looking to Federalist 22.

Counterpoint: The 6 January Commission and the Filibuster

I think this underscores the problem with the 60-vote requirement.

Competitive Pressures and Party Behavior

Assessing Republican strategic positioning (and the incentives in our system).

DC Statehood and Power Politics

More voice, more votes, more representation.

Weak Parties and the CA Recall

With an appearance by Caitlyn Jenner’s choice of party.

The Non-Competitive House

A recent report shows 78 of 435 seats in the US House are truly competitive.

Arguing Against Democracy

National Review’s Kevin D. Williamson advocates for less democracy in America.

Some Thoughts on Representation

How well do single-seat districts lead to representation? (And of what?)

Arguments Over Definitions

The lack of common understandings and shared assumptions makes political conversations challenging.

A Key Legacy of the Trump Administration

Empowering authoritarians.

It’s the Single-Seat Districts

Our insistence on relying on an 18th Century understanding of electoral systems is our ongoing bane (if one values representative government).

The Rise of Negative Partisanship

Yes, partisanship is real. And it influences more than just voting behavior.

The Filibuster Needs to Go

It is not a tool to foster compromise. It is tool of obstruction, plain and simple.

Our Political Reality

Voting ourselves out of this mess is not so easy

Speaking of Reform

Let me point you to a reform proposal.

Will the GOP Fracture?

Will there be in-fighting? Yes. A break-up? No.


That’s unpossible!

MI and GA Continue to Thwart Trump

Some Republicans are doing their jobs.

Not a Coup Attempt

But, still very bad.

Gridlock is not a Feature, it is a Bug

Gridlock doesn’t mean government stops. It just shifts who is governing.

Comparative EC Maps

How the EC affects our thinking.

What’s a Republic?

What meanings might the Founders have had? How should we understand the term?

But, the Founders!

If we embrace the Founders to justify the present, let’s think about what we are doing.

The Dark Side of “It’s a Republic, not a Democracy”

I couldn’t help myself.

Chris Rock and Political Reform

Having the topic of political reform start to seep into pop culture is a good thing.