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Vigilante Politics

We’re likely to see more instances like the Capitol Riot and the Kyle Rittenhouse shootings.

Speaking of the Poor State of American Democracy

Look no further than the Georgia GOP primary for governor.

Single-Seat Districts are a Huge Problem

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

Unilateral Disarmament on Gerrymandering

Democrats and Republicans are playing by different rules.

A Coup Plotted in PowerPoint

They took notes on a criminal fucking conspiracy.

Putin, Ukraine, and History

Russia’s leader sees the situation in the former Soviet Republic quite differently than the West.

The Phony-Tough and Crazy-Brave

Violence, masculinity, and American politics.

A Republic, not a Constitutional Monarchy

Barbados provides an illustration of a frequently misunderstood concept.

Trump, Electoral Fraud Lies, and the Primaries

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

Hezbollah in Latin America! (Part Gazillion)

A possible murder plot in Colombia embedded into a problematic multi-decade narrative.

Biden, the FARC, and Domestic Politics

The Biden admin is about to take a demilitarized group off the terrorist list and some people aren’t happy about it.

More Capitol Riot Sentencing

A woman who declared “Civil War is coming” and “they have to kill me” has asked for and received leniency.

The House of “Representatives”

The erosion of representativeness continues.

Is Autocracy Really Winning?

A depressing magazine piece argues it is.

The Latest Example of the Nonhierarchical Nature of US Parties

A minor story that illustrates a far bigger problem in our politics.

Rittenhouse Takes: Good, Bad, and Ugly

The reactions to a verdict that were predictable (indeed, predicted) are over the top.

Where Do the Republicans Go From Here?

This man is the face of the post-Trump party.

Goodbye to Swing Districts?

A largely mythical beast may become even more rare.

The Narrative of the ‘MSM Narrative’

Journalism is terrible except when compared to the alternatives.

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Trump, the GOP, and Stochastic Terrorism

A conversation in two parts.

Minority Power in the Senate

Senator Romney and the latest edition of the senatorial pro-filibuster op/ed.

Election 2021 in Context: Looking at Electorates

The electoral calendar affects who the electorate is.

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Election Results Validate Everyone’s Priors

Too woke! Not woke enough!

Washington Post 6 January Report

A massive investigation into the Capitol riot looks at what came before, during, and after.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the passing of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Tuesday, August 10, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the passing of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Tuesday, August 10, 2021, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

President Charlie Brown

Joe Biden has bet his presidency on a caucus that may simply be irreconcilable.

Mort Sahl, 1927-2021

The first modern stand-up comedian has died at 94.

Backwards: When Politicians Choose Their Voters

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

Quote of the Week, Electoral Fraud Edition

The MyPillow Guy went down to Bama…

Colin Powell, 1937-2021

The trailblazing soldier-statesman has died at 84.

Today in Asked and Answered (Voting Rights Edition)

The Biden administration is not doing enough.

Back to SCOTUS Reform and “Legitimacy”

Doing nothing is still a choice, and the legitimacy crisis is here, like it or not.

The Power of Mythology

It does not create better deliberation.

Saving American Democracy

The Politician’s Syllogism rears its ugly head.

Canada and Single-Seat Plurality Elections

Canada has more parties than the US, but still suffers representation problems due to FPTP elections.

Senators Graham and Lee Owe us an Explanation

Really, they owed (and still owe) us better behavior.

The Psychology of Internet Fame

Our brains are wired to seek approval but may not be equipped to handle our modern existence.

BREAKING: Biden Wins AZ

Is there a sarcasm font?

Thoughts on Partisan Cues and Filters

Thoughts on how we think.

A Nuclear Iran is Inevitable

The Islamic Republic is very close to being able to fuel a single weapon.

OTB 2003 Revisited

A blast from the past.

President Joe Biden, joined by Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky and Merck CEO Ken Frazier, delivers remarks on COVID-19 vaccine production Wednesday, March 10, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden, joined by Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky and Merck CEO Ken Frazier, delivers remarks on COVID-19 vaccine production Wednesday, March 10, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Biden Orders Feds, Firms to Vaccinate

The President has lost his patience with the unvaccinated.

Keeping the Voter Fraud Flames Burning

This time in the CA recall.

More on Standing

Is Texas Undemocratic?

The Lone Star State has enacted some peculiar new laws.

The CA Recall

The system is not defensible.

Some Additional Readings on Hungary (Tab Clearing)

For anyone who might be interested.

Is California Recall Unconstitutional?

A novel but flawed legal argument.

The Size of the US House of Representatives

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

“Why do Liberals Hate Orban?” is not the Right Question

The right questions are: 1) why do some some on the right like him, and 2) should this concern us all?