On Spurious Majorities and Other Thoughts on Electoral System Critiques

Because sometimes the comment box is just too small.

Increased Diversity in the 118th Congress

The next Congress will look a bit more like America than did the last.

Alaska Voters Had Real Choices and Made Them

Every vote counted, with refreshing results.

The Centrist Fantasy

Can moderate Republicans take back their party?

Moving Away From Off-Off Year Elections

Localities are consolidating local elections to coincide with national ones. Some don’t like that.

Districting and the 2022 House Results

The lines aren’t everything, but they need more attention than they get.

Not Both Sides

One of these things is not like the other.

Hakeem Jeffries, Fox News, and the Dangers of Sloppy Rhetoric

It would be nice if politicians and cable news outlets were more responsible.

Marginal Differences Magnify Individual Races

We used to (usually) know the results on Election Night because the outcomes were clearer.

Nevada ‘Blue Shift’ Expected to Keep Senate Democratic

Adam Laxalt’s big lead is slowly erodiing.

Republicans Winning House Popular Vote?

A surprising factoid in a bad election for the party.

Republican Losers Conceding, Not Rioting

A low bar has been cleared.

Democratic Ratfucking Worked

Boosting weak candidates in the Republican primaries paid off.

Calcified Democracy

A deep dive into why our politics are so broken.

Pelosi Attack a Turning Point?

What will it take to end the cycle of violence?

Why Not Direct Democracy?

Would bypassing politicians altogether make the system more just?

The Prevailing Myth of American Politics

A bit of a rant, I expect.

Liz Truss Resigns

She is the shortest-tenured Prime Minister in British history.

Democracy and ZIP Codes

The rules for voting in America vary widely.

An Observation on Geography-Based Representation

A thought inspired by the PA Senate race.

Voters Voting Voters Voting

Another Example of Our Flawed Democracy

It would be nice if the legislature represented the voters and whatnot.

Four Seats

31 of the 35 Senate races next month are noncompetititve.

A Basic Theory of Voting Behavior

And a reminder of the role of political parties.

When Autocrats Get Desperate

Autocrats facing defeat have all kinds of counterproductive, dangerous ideas.

Voting Alone is Not Democracy

Putin provides an example for a Politics 101 class.

The Emerging Democratic Majority at 20

How well has the famous thesis fared?

Democracy Scholars for Proportional Representation

A lot of folks who study democracy have sent an open letter to Congress.

Sarah Palin, Ranked Choice Voting, and the Perils of N=1 Analysis

More details from the Alaska special election.

N=1 Means, Well, Not a Lot

No one should draw conclusions about RCV from the AK special election.

Nonhierarchical Parties and the Problems of Candidate Selection

American parties are coordination problems with shared branding.

[Merick Garland] [Merick Garland]

Justice Department Calls Trump’s Bluff

This is as close as we get to Garland saying “Eff around, find out!”

Feelings Don’t Care About Facts

“America can survive the demagogues themselves, it’s their audience that will kill us.”

Democrats Funding MAGA Primary Candidates

Hardball politics or dirty pool?

politics outrage shouting politics outrage shouting

What’s Politics For, Anyway?

Capitol Hill Republicans are turning the concept on its head.

Failed and Has-Been Politicians Start New Party

The Forward Party will almost certainly go nowhere.

The January 6 Hearings Didn’t Change Entrenched Opinion

Can American democracy survive its information bubbles?

On Senate Reform

A proposal by Jamell Bouie

Non-Majority Presidents

Are plurality winners less legitimate than popular vote losers?

Defending the Constitution Against All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic

What should conservatives who can’t support the party of Trump do?

What’s the Plan, Man?

Another comment on the American presidency and its critics.

Abortion and the Filibuster

Assuming they had the votes, should Democrats carve out yet another exception?

A Quick Comment on Presidential Power

The pressure and expectations of a king, but with considerably less power.

Originalism and the Declaration of Independence

The implications of modes of interpretation.

The Lack of Competition for House Seats

Yet another reminder of the pathologies of American institutions.

Minority Rule in a Winner-Take-All System

How long can the unsustainable be sustained?

Democracy and the End of Roe

This will just reinforce minority rule in the US.

A Quote to Ponder

From J. S. Mill.

Fixing the Primary Problem

Could Alaska point the way to a solution?