US Has Interfered in Foreign Elections Since 1948

The US has a long history of choosing sides in foreign elections, including the 1996 election of Boris Yeltsin in Russia, not to mention coup d'etats supported by the CIA. The US won some, it lost some. So should we be so upset that Russia tried to influence the outcome of the 2016 election? Yes,... Continue Reading →

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An Extremely Detailed Map of the 2016 Election, By Precinct

Find out if your house is in a political bubble (all blue or all red), or an island (red or blue surrounded by the other party). Detailed political demographics. Click on NYT website.

Obama Advisor on Hillary’s Achilles Heel

“I couldn’t shake the feeling that I should have seen it coming, because when you distilled it, stripped out the racism and misogyny, we’d run against Hillary eight years ago with the same message Trump had used: She’s part of a corrupt establishment that can’t be trusted to bring change.” -- Ben Rhodes, advisor to... Continue Reading →

10 Conditions That Led the GOP to Nominate Trump

What were the conditions in the Republican Party before Trump that led the party to consider nominating him? Ten reasons: George W. Bush's venture into Iraq on false pretenses, the bad intelligence that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, and the disaster that followed. This led to a loss of faith in neo-conservativism and... Continue Reading →

NC Republicans Blatantly Discriminated, But Gerrymandered Maps Remain for 2018

Two federal court decisions significantly change NC politics. A federal appeals court in 2016 struck down North Carolina Republicans' voter-id law, charging that it "targeted African Americans with almost surgical precision." If the court had ruled the law constitutional, Republican Pat McCrory would probably have remained governor. He lost by 5,000 votes to Democrat Roy Cooper.... Continue Reading →

9% of Obama Supporters Voted for Trump

"...We’ve learned that 9 percent of Barack Obama’s voters flipped to Trump, including 22 percent of Obama’s non–college educated white voters. That’s what matters most." -- Michael Tomasky, "Elitism Is Liberalism's Big Problem," New Republic. Liberals, he writes, "haven’t made their peace with middle America. Which is a pretty big deal, given that middle America is... Continue Reading →

Greens, Libertarians, Pro-gun Democrats, FBI Director James Comey and Voting Restrictions May Have Cost Clinton the Election

Lesson for Democrats: advocating gun control can cost you Michigan, e Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and possibly a presidential election. Appealing to pro-gun Democrats and independents, the National Rifle Association took credit for Trump's 2016 victories in big hunting states. That, along with the abandonment of Clinton by anti-Trump Greens and Libertarians in states like Wisconsin... Continue Reading →

37 Reasons Hillary Lost. Misogyny Was At Least One

This meme offers 37 reasons Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election. Susan Bordo contributes to understanding it with The Destruction of Hillary Clinton,  how the right and left vilified and brought down "an extraordinarily well-qualified, experienced, and admired candidate" through a combination of smears and misogyny. She compares the treatment of Hillary to that of Anne Boleyn,... Continue Reading →

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