Category Politics

Gary Johnson: Cry Me A River

Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for President in 2012, just published an op-ed in the Washington Times in which he griped about not having been given enough free air time in the 2012 Presidential elections.  (A rather interesting complaint from a supposed libertarian.) I was immediately suspicious.  Is it possible Gary Johnson really has a contribution […]

Obamacare: The Wrong Name For The GOP

What’s in a name?  That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet   I used to think that labeling the Affordable Care Act as “Obamacare” was a good idea for the GOP, particularly during the Presidential Election of 2012.  At that time, the goal for the Republicans was to […]

The Roots Of Prejudice

A commenter to the blog recently posted a frustration with colleagues at work who had a knee-jerk response to the word “Republican”.  The commenter was not necessarily a Republican, but was a person who was willing to listen to ideas regardless of the origin of those ideas.  That got me thinking about something which has […]

A Tale Of Two Inaugurals

I’ve often been perplexed when I hear people complain that there’s really no difference between Democrats and Republicans.  I’m not sure where that perspective comes from.  To my mind there are deep fundamental differences between Democrats and Republicans, and it colors virtually everything they do and say. If the suggestion is that they only differ […]

McCain v. Romney

McCain beats Romney? Stop the stupidity!

There is a very dangerous and stupid analysis floating around the Republican blogosphere that goes something like this:  John McCain got 2 million more votes that Mitt Romney.  How can this be?  Either Romney was a terrible candidate – unable to win even all of the McCain voters from 2008, or evangelical Christians refused to […]

2012 vs. 2008 turnout (estimate)

Did Romney lose on turnout? And other 2012 inside the numbers questions

I made a comment in my previous post that it was hard to imagine the 2012 turnout was much less than the 2008 turnout.  Votes are still being counted, but at this point it looks as though the turnout was lower than in 2008 by about 8 or 8.5%, which is pretty substantial.  Columnists are […]

The writing on the wall

Post-election columns and blogs usually adopt one of two themes: this is a major crisis, or here’s why it’s not so bad.  Let me briefly make the case why it’s not so bad, and then spend a bit more time on reality. Here’s why it’s not so bad: Mitt Romney did considerably better than John […]