More Primary Examples: the PA GOP Governor’s Race

An ongoing series of observations.

On American Parties

More on primaries with a foray into Madison and the general politics of power-seekers and incentives.

Another Example of Primaries in Action

The Ohio GOP Senate contest.

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A Lament and The Reality of Politics

A illustration from the Senate race in Georgia.

Utah Democrats Back Republican Evan McMullin in Bid to Unseat Trumper Mike Lee

Seeing no way to win under their own label, they’ve called a Hail Mary.

The Flawed Nature of Representation in the US

Our representation problems are far, far more about structure than they are about the messaging of the parties.

Democrats Prepared for Impending Doom

Party leaders are treating an electoral defeat as inevitable.

Abbott’s Border Stunt

Political theater on the southern border.

Has Trump Finally Gone Too Far?

Republicans are aghast that he’s abandoned his principles.

Voters in Sour Mood Ahead of Midterms

The polls do not bode well for Democrats.

A “Fairer” Map for the 2022 House?

A potentially more representative map that still underscores deep flaws in our system.

Santa’s a Socialist

And other tales from the AK special election.

Palin Attempting Political Comeback

She is running to finish out Don Young’s term in Congress.

Prelim Data on Texas’ New Voting Rules

As predicted, rejections of ballots is up.

A Note on Primary Elections

Data from Texas underscore a frequent point about primaries.

Republicans Take Over Virginia

Elections have consequences: Old Dominion Edition

2022 is a Midterm Year

In case anyone was wondering (and the GOP’s prospects are good).

House Democrats Retiring in Droves

Twenty-three and counting will not run in 2022.

Speaking of the Poor State of American Democracy

Look no further than the Georgia GOP primary for governor.

Trump, Electoral Fraud Lies, and the Primaries

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

Goodbye to Swing Districts?

A largely mythical beast may become even more rare.

Most Politics Is National

Tip O’Neil’s famous saying hasn’t been true in a long, long time.

One Child, One Vote

J.D. Vance’s cynical suggestion.

Money and Intra-Party Competition

More in a series of ongoing observations about the GOP primaries.

More Intra-Party Manuevers

This time: the Alaska GOP.

West’s Final Days as Texas GOP Chair

Not surprisingly, it has been a bit contentious.

Allen West Announces Gubernatorial Bid

He will challenge Greg Abbott for the GOP nomination.

Ohio, Trump, and the Primaries

Thinking about party evolution and behavior going into 2022.

May Inflation Higher than Expected

The question is: for how long and ultimately how much?

Counterpoint: The 6 January Commission and the Filibuster

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

The Importance of Time Horizons in Politics

And general considerations on mid-term elections.

The GOP: Not a Civil War, Not a Purge

The GOP is actually pretty healthy at the moment, despite some public rhetoric to the contrary.

Liz Cheney and the GOP

A quick lesson about American parties.

The Joys of Decennial Redistricting

Quite a number of Democratic Congressmen are thinking about seeking a new job.

Today in Bad Election Analysis

Let’s not get overly dramatic about special elections.

Shelby Likely to Retire

Implications for Alabama and the GOP as well as considerations on the evolution of American politics.

The Centrality of Nominations

American political parties are controlled by the primaries.