Category: 2016

How Donald Trump can win with 43% of the popular vote

How Donald Trump can win with 43% of the popular vote

By not impeaching, Democrats are inviting Trump up to destroy the Democratic nominee Yes, presidential national polls more than a year out are meaningless. To be fair, they’re probably about as meaningless as presidential national polls a few weeks before an election that could be decided by the barest margins in the electoral college. But Dave Weigel points out something […]

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Bring on the hundred-year turnout storm

Bring on the hundred-year turnout storm

The death cult v. democracy One of the most under-reported stories of 2018 was that we saw the highest voter turnout in a midterm election in a century, according to the United States Elections Project. This means that 2018 we saw the most voter activation since before only white males were guaranteed the vote. And you should expect the same […]

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Michigan GOP Secretary of State nominee Mary Treder Lang says voter purges helped Donald Trump win Michigan. And she’s promising more if she wins in 2018.

Michigan GOP Secretary of State nominee Mary Treder Lang says voter purges helped Donald Trump win Michigan. And she’s promising more if she wins in 2018.

This weekend, Michigan Republicans dutifully nominated U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ choice for Secretary of State, Mary Treder Lang. The billionaire DeVos family has already padded Lang’s campaign account with more than $40,000 so far. Republican pundit Bill Ballenger, best known for declaring the Flint water crisis to be “overblown,”* gave us some insight into another reason for Lang’s nomination […]

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The race that could decide control of the House is now a toss up

The race that could decide control of the House is now a toss up

Michigan Republicans have been protected by maps gerrymandered for their pleasure, but that could change in 2018 Mike Bishop won his last election by 17 percent, more than double Donald Trump’s 7-point edge in the Michigan’s 8th congressional district. Less than two years later, he has about 50/50 chance of being reelected, according to The Cook Political Report. Explaining the […]

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Don’t count on people knowing how badly the Trump administration is ripping them off

Don’t count on people knowing how badly the Trump administration is ripping them off

Candidates need to run against their opponents; but someone needs to run against Trump Democrats are fueled by massive disapproval of Donald Trump but they’re actually running against their Republican opponents. The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent has been making that case for months: If Democrats are running against Trump, it’s subtle: They are trying to project calm, stability, decency and […]

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Don’t think the GOP can lose the popular vote by 10% and keep the House? That’s what happened in Virginia.

Don’t think the GOP can lose the popular vote by 10% and keep the House? That’s what happened in Virginia.

5 reasons it’s going to be much harder to win the House than you can imagine How would you act if you knew this could be the free last election you could ever vote in? If you think that question reeks of ridiculous paranoia, think about what happened this week. Trump held his first state dinner as president and did […]

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Farewell to Tony Trupiano, a Liberal Lion

Most people know Tony Trupiano from his radio shows, podcast, posts here or as a Democratic activist who could always be counted on to help a candidate on the campaign trail or emcee an event. Tony was all those things. But most of all, he was just a really good man and a great friend. The world is poorer without him. He […]

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Democracy depends on finding the missing Obama millions

Democracy depends on finding the missing Obama millions

Seven years ago the GOP decided its existence depended on a plot to destroy the Obama coalition. It worked. In the debate over whether Democrats should prioritize persuasion or turnout, Connor Lamb may have made a decent case for at least some persuasion this week, at least in districts Donald Trump won by 20 percent. But a piece in the […]

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There’s no good argument against letting 16-year-olds vote

There’s no good argument against letting 16-year-olds vote

But there are plenty of good arguments for it There’s one time in most Americans lives when you can be sure that they are studying the history of this nation — eleventh grade. For this one year, most sixteen-and-seventeen-year-olds take a deep dip into the lore of this country that has gotten so many things right and wrong. If their […]

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The 2018 elections are a national emergency

The 2018 elections are a national emergency

Anything less than a wave will be a victory for Trump You probably don’t need nightmare juice. Sorry, but here’s a shot: “Elections are about choices,” [Vice President Mike Pence] said in the interview, in which he discussed his midterm outlook in detail for the first time. “If we frame that choice, I think we’re going to reelect majorities in […]

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Never underestimate Donald Trump’s ability to divide us

His knows his supporters want to be lied to and he loves giving them what they want Here’s one lesson of 2016 that we can’t ignore: Just because you see through Donald Trump’s bullshit, you can’t assume it isn’t working. Trump isn’t meant for you. In fact, you should just assume that the more upset he is making you, the […]

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