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Hey, kids— Now that the Clinton’s are doing it, colluding with the Russians is way cool and totally awesome! David Harsanyi of the Federalist on the Left’s double-standards on threats to democracy. More

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I was talking with Papa Toad about whether or not we should save a particular receipt when the thought popped into my head that if Mrs. Clinton had won the presidency, all of us Ricochetti could expect audits some time in the next four years… More

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Henry Olsen joins Brian Anderson to discuss Henry’s new book The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism. For nearly 30 years, the Republican Party had defined itself by Ronald Reagan’s legacy: a strong military, free trade, lower taxes, and most important, smaller government. When Donald Trump won the Republican nomination for president in 2016, many […]

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Why I wrote this Most of us, including me, are very happy Hillary Clinton lost the election. So most of us might not want to pony up $13.99 (Apple iBooks) for a book aimed at her supporters that explains why she lost. That’s where I come in. I spend the small bucks so you don’t […]

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As you all know dedicated Democrats have been going nuts in response to the surprise victory of Donald Trump. Instead of reflection and self analysis many have resorted to conspiracy theories and excuses for the humiliating loss of Hillary Clinton. There seems to be a rather obvious Democrat Party strategy of trying to make Trump an […]

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If you are the (venerable?) Jamelle Bouie, chief political correspondent for Slate, the provenance of “racist” as the worst insult in modern America goes something like this: At first, “racism” simply referred to an objective reality, a useful heuristic for categorization, not unlike “brunette” or “Haitian.” The fact that, for example, Trump was elected by […]

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The Democrats latest foray into disruptive silliness played out Monday at the Electoral College. I use the term silliness, rather than some other tectonic term, because the Democratic party has ceased to be a party that can, or should be taken seriously in its present state. Leading up to November 8, the Democratic party and its legions of […]

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Ricochet member benwood91 asked “why wouldn’t Russia want Hillary to be president?” I think it is more productive to turn the question into a positive construction: “Why did Putin favor Trump?” More

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If this is true (although I think Hillary will still not go away), this could spell doom for the Democrat party: https://news.grabien.com/story.php?id=1841 More

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I just finished watching CNN’s program on Obama’s Legacy by Fareed Zakaria. Fareed is the host of CNN’s flagship foreign affairs show. He’s also a Washington Post columnist and a contributing editor to The Atlantic. I found the CNN program interesting because you could see both the ‘successes’ and the failures of the Obama presidency. […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Congratulations to Reluctant Trump, You Won the Election

 

Ever since Donald Trump’s surprising (at least to me) victory on November 8, many have wondered exactly what happened and why the pre-election polls were so very wrong. We may finally have an answer. Last week Edison Research released its breakdown of exit polls and their conclusion is both heartening to me and good news for conservatives.

Edison identified a “hidden group” of voters that made all the difference in swinging the election to Trump. This group who they identify as the “Neithers” is what is affectionately known around these parts as ReluctantTrump. While Hillary maintained a decided favorability lead over Trump, it turns out that 18 percent of the electorate found neither candidate acceptable. The surprising finding is that this 18 percent broke for Trump in a major way:

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The recent, highly charged US Presidential election brought out a new word – Fake News. We were bombarded by information on both sides of the aisle, via social media, cable news, and other avenues. There were charges that Russian propaganda was influencing our elections by elevating unflattering stories about Hillary Clinton, therefore creating an unbalanced view. […]

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City Journal editor Brian Anderson and contributing editor Aaron M. Renn discuss Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential race, the popular discontent that led to his rise, and the future of the Trump administration.

City Journal is a magazine of urban affairs, published by the Manhattan Institute.

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donald-trump-cabinet-list-of-appointmentsEarly last week, Michael Barone published a piece analyzing the election returns in which he focused on the manner in which “the double-negatives” — those who thought highly neither of Donald Trump nor of Hillary Clinton — broke at the very end decisively for the former. Here is the way he put it:

One reason polling may have been misleading, or at least misled many of us in the psephology racket, is that this is the first presidential election since random sample polling began in 1935 in which most voters had negative feelings toward both major party candidates.

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At the height of the election a little over a week ago, it seemed like there was a new post every few minutes. It seemed that every time I’d check the Member Feed, a post I’d seen at the top of the page just minutes ago was nowhere to be seen on the first page. […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. The “Unfairness” of the Electoral College Didn’t Swing the 2016 Election

 
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2016 election results via google’s election map.

In the wake of the election, there have been renewed complaints about the Electoral College, specifically, how it unfairly rewards small states with disproportionate voting power. The supposed implication is that Donald Trump won the election, despite losing the national popular vote, because small states vote Republican. Well, I did a little number crunching.

If the Electoral College’s 538 votes were redistributed proportionally to their populations (i.e., removing the “bonus” small states receive from their senators) but kept the winner-take-all format, Trump would have won about 56 percent of the electoral votesIn real life, he won about 57 percent of the electoral votes (assuming he wins Michigan, Clinton wins New Hampshire, and Maine goes 3-1 for Clinton). If anyone’s been worried about the Electoral College favoring small states, it didn’t affect this election. The determining feature of the Electoral College this time around was its winner-take-all format, at least, outside of Maine and Nebraska.

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…except this is a co-founder of the Onion. So I guess this is sort of the Onion: If your family is from a red part of the country & voted Trump, don't go home for T-giving. Make them come here to see how humans behave. More

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