With the defeat in Congress of efforts to "repeal and replace" Obamacare, Donald Trump must face his third major loss in little over two months in office. Two of his executive orders banning immigration by Muslims have been struck down by the courts, and now Republican health care proposals are revealed to be fraudulent. The GOP … Continue reading Trump is 0-3 After 64 Days
Decisive votes for Trump were cast not by the passionately committed but by voters who viewed both Trump and Clinton negatively, EJ Dionne writes. "The media exit poll found that only 38 percent of those who participated in the 2016 election had a favorable view of Trump. That’s the base. The contest was settled by … Continue reading Trump Agnostics Are Central to Dems’ Future
NPR: Nash County, NC, county seat Nashville, close to I-95 near the city of Rocky Mount, "lives on a balance beam. In 2008, it went for John McCain over Barack Obama. In 2012, Obama narrowly beat Mitt Romney in Nash County. In 2016, it was Trump by fewer than 100 votes." So it's important to check … Continue reading Nash County, NC — a National Microcosm — Routinely Swings Politically
Ruy Teixeira is optimistic about a progressive triumph against Trump and the Republicans. "Liberals Will Beat Trump in the End," he wrote in Washington Post: "The dominant ideology in the United States is one that combines 'symbolic conservatism' (honoring tradition, distrusting novelty, embracing the conservative label) with “operational liberalism” (wanting government to take more action in … Continue reading ‘Trumpism’ May Be Temporary Setback
Iowa and Wisconsin were two states that shockingly went for Trump after strongly supporting Obama in two elections. It's important for reporters taking the nation's political pulse to keep their ear to the ground in the states that switched from Obama to Trump, and to listen with understanding if not empathy. These Iowans voted for … Continue reading Understanding Iowa, Wisconsin Trump Voters
Liberals and conservatives have one thing in common: zero interest in learning how and what those they disagree with actually think. Click. Talking past each other is deeply unhealthy for our entire political system. A functioning democracy requires that citizens make informed choices — which voters can’t do if their information sources are ideologically monochromatic. … Continue reading Social Media Is Hurting Democracy
Conservative voters feel assaulted by "moral Bolshevism," a belief that the liberal vision is the only right one. https://t.co/XUFaRSE12k SABRINA TAVERNISE in the NYT asks if liberals are helping Trump by expressing such intolerance for conservative beliefs, and pushing people who aren't comfortable with many of Trump's actions into his camp. She reports on interviews with … Continue reading Are Liberals Helping Trump?