Withdrawal from Paris Climate Deal Pleases Small Businesses, Energizes Environmental Activists

Trump's pulling out of the Paris climate deal "adds passion to the left, which brings us one step closer to Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi,” says Republican consultant John Weaver of Ohio. It means "real trouble for our party." It will mean new money and new energy to oppose those who think global warming is a hoax. … Continue reading Withdrawal from Paris Climate Deal Pleases Small Businesses, Energizes Environmental Activists

Republican Will Probably Split Before Democrats Win Presidency Again

A lot of Democrats and journalists are still criticizing Hillary Clinton as a bad candidate, and blaming her for the defeat in 2016. See the book, "Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign." But politics is a team sport, and no Democrat would be a successful president without bringing with them a Democratic Congress, at the … Continue reading Republican Will Probably Split Before Democrats Win Presidency Again

Will Republicans Offend Voters Enough to Lose the House in 2018?

A Republican Congressman from Nebraska wants to slash food stamps and refuses to say that Americans are entitled to eat. In other words, it's ok if they starve. A Republican candidate for Congress in Montana assaults a reporter but still manages to win a special election. Another declares that "nobody dies" for lack of health insurance, … Continue reading Will Republicans Offend Voters Enough to Lose the House in 2018?

Nash County, NC — a National Microcosm — Routinely Swings Politically

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

Understanding Iowa, Wisconsin Trump Voters

Iowa and Wisconsin were two states that shockingly went for Trump after strongly supporting Obama in two elections. These Iowans voted for Trump. Many of them are already disappointed (Washington Post). Will Trump Democrats in Wisconsin Swing Back to Their Party? (NPR) The other key swing states were Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Florida. It's important for reporters … Continue reading Understanding Iowa, Wisconsin Trump Voters

Anger and Mourning on the American Right

In "Strangers in the Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right," sociologist Arlie Hochschild probes the emotions of America's conservative base, to understand those who see government as more of a problem than solution, to "build the scaffolding of an empathy bridge." "We, on both sides, wrongly imagine that empathy with 'the other' … Continue reading Anger and Mourning on the American Right

Andrew Jackson a Hero to Trump Supporters

Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) describes how Donald Trump supporters in his state and elsewhere harken back to the populism of President Andrew Jackson (in a speech that shows far more policy knowledge than your typical Trump speech). The speech is brimming with resentment at Obama's foreign policy and undefined "elites." And yet he takes a … Continue reading Andrew Jackson a Hero to Trump Supporters