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
A Republican Congressman says "bullcrap!" to constituents who remind him they pay his salary. Another asserts that Republicans in Congress work for Donald Trump, not constituents or taxpayers. A legislator from North Carolina equates Abraham Lincoln with Adolph Hitler. A 30-year-old Democrat and political newcomer wins 48 percent of the vote in a solidly Republican … Continue reading Will Republicans Offend Voters Enough to Lose the House in 2018?
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
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
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
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
The 2016 election was decided by five counties in two states, Florida and Michigan, Trump pollster Tony Fabrizio says. Trump under-performed in Texas, Arizona, and Georgia, but it made no difference. If Trump lost Macomb County in Michigan, a traditionally Democratic suburb of Detroit which famously went for Reagan, and these four counties in Florida -- … Continue reading 5 States and 215 Counties Switched from Obama to Trump