Tag: presidential elections

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Now that the dust has begun to settle and we are gaining some perspective on the 2016 election, I once again find myself considering a question that always seems to surface about this time every four years: Why is the new administration so often described as inevitably lasting two terms? It has become fairly routine […]

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Surveying the Wreckage of Hurricane Trump

 

Noah Rothman has an interesting look at Donald Trump’s candidacy, and how it has turned around the Democrat tactic of pining for the “Republicans of old.”

With Donald Trump’s defeat all but assured, the left has become bizarrely resentful of their own effective messaging against the Republican nominee. “There will be no accountability for Trump, for what he has wrought and almost wrought. It will disappear down the George W Bush memory hole,” mused MSNBC host Chris Hayes ruefully. “I think the scale, scope and depth of the disastrousness of his presidency has been weirdly forgotten.”

Richard Epstein considers the arguments for and against the Electoral College, describes how the process of choosing a president has changed over the years, and provides prescriptions for electoral reform.

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It has been suggested from time to time that the institution of the Electoral College be abolished as the mechanism for selecting the President of the United States. Most advocates of eliminating the Electoral College support some form of national election, a “one-person-one-vote” direct democracy. Simple, right? The candidate with the most votes nationwide wins. […]

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The Speech of Political Manliness

 

Leadership is deeds, not speeches (except, one supposes, speeches that take on the force of deeds). The media and Washington-the-place are the problem. The surplus of spirit in the people is the solution. The president should serve something greater than himself — like Washington-the-man going back to his farm, a very Cincinnatus, relinquishing power after fully discharging his duties. Mr. Perry obviously believes he would not shrink in the comparison — he could withstand the gaze of millions, like the poet says.

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The closest I get to voting in American elections is the Ricochet poll–at least until I figure out everything about the advantages of life as an illegal immigrant, which I am told is necessary if I ever want someone to do my biopic… I always vote for Mr. Perry first, hoping against hope that he […]

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