Democratic Unity urged ‘come November’

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Despite frequent calls for unity throughout the evening, the disagreements between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters was on full display at the McIntyre-Shaheen Dinner at the Verizon Center in Manchester, New Hampshire, last night. Continue reading Democratic Unity urged ‘come November’

Everyone’s Right: Both Clinton and Sanders Won Iowa

SandersUltimately, then, both candidates are correct when they claim victory in Iowa, because both are subscribing to two completely different perspectives on the election. Sanders sees his surge as the beginning of a successful insurrection against the establishment and the beginning of a movement that will defy conventional wisdom. Clinton sees it as a minor setback, powered by extremely liberal voters who have always been somewhat concerned about her close ties to Wall Street and hawkish foreign policy, but ultimately a successful staving off of a potentially embarrassing defeat. Continue reading Everyone’s Right: Both Clinton and Sanders Won Iowa

Professor, You’re Fired! Or, the Education of a Trump Voter

8566717881_4cd237e309_o“If data made a difference, graphs of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide and earth surface temperatures would melt a climate-change-denier’s denial like greenhouse gases are melting Greenland. If facts had standing, no sane person could maintain that the slaughtered children of Sandy Hook Elementary were actors. If reality had a vote, no radio host could persuade his listeners that Operation Jade Helm, a Navy Seal/Green Beret training exercise, was a false flag operation – a cover for imposing federal martial law, seizing citizens’ guns and transporting political prisoners to FEMA camps secretly set up in West Texas Wal-Marts Continue reading Professor, You’re Fired! Or, the Education of a Trump Voter

The 7 stages of Too Much Trump media disorder

Donald_Trump_(8566730507)_(2)So you’ve been watching the news, and you’ve seen Trump’s numbers soar, and now, as the election year finally begins, you can’t stifle the thought that Donald Trump may actually win the Republican nomination, that he may even, God help us, become the 45th president of the United States.

Too Much Trump media disorder (TMT), like grief, has seven stages: shock, denial, anger, bargaining, guilt, depression, acceptance. Continue reading The 7 stages of Too Much Trump media disorder

Editor’s Desk: FiveThirtyEight’s Perfect Republican Stump Speech

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FiveThirtyEight’s emphasis on exploring the use of data led to a recent post by former Republican speechwriter Barton Swaim, who was asked to create the “perfect Republican stump speech” based on commonly available data sources (Pew, Gallup, CBS News, etc). Continue reading Editor’s Desk: FiveThirtyEight’s Perfect Republican Stump Speech