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Join Jim and Greg as they reflect on Iowa Rep. Steve King losing his GOP primary and Valerie Plame going up in political flames in her congressional bid in New Mexico. With politicians cracking down on everyday social distance violators but encouraging the demonstrators to take to the streets in close quarters, just how much of our stay-at-home orders was politics and how much was about public health? And they welcome the World Health Organization close to reality as reports suggest it knew about China’s lies and stalling tactics in the critical early days of the pandemic.

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Political parties have been the scapegoat for all the problems in American politics as long as we’ve had parties. I contest that the problems in our political system do not stem from political parties but from partisan primary elections. Primary elections are terrible. Here is a list of only a few of the downsides to […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see billionaire impeachment activist Tom Steyer lock in a spot in the October Democratic presidential debate – both to watch him push impeachment when the party wants none of it and to see better debates. They also react to President Trump planning a meeting with Taliban leaders at Camp David before abruptly cancelling at the last minute. Find out why Jim sees the Camp David invite as the “most morally abhorrent” mistake made by the Trump administration. And they scold Republican Party leaders in four states for planning to skip primaries and caucuses in 2020.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America serve up three bad martinis today. They react to Kim Jong-Un’s pathetic attempt to get attention by threatening to cancel next month’s summit with the United States over military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea. They also discuss revelations that Democrats are “rigging” primaries again as reports show the Democratic Congressional Committee (DCCC) is making polling data and email lists available to some candidates and not others. And they note two literal socialists won Democratic primaries for the state legislature in Pennsylvania, suggesting socialism is becoming increasingly acceptable to voters on the left.

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I recall no protests of these results: Read More View Post

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Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist and Mark Hemingway of The Weekly Standard give us a weekly update on the November elections. Among other issues, the Hemingways discuss President Obama and Donald Trump’s respective reactions to the terrorist attack in Orlando, and Mollie defends Hillary Clinton, but maybe not in the way you’d imagine.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. How to Rebuild the Primary Process: The Damping Circuit Proposal

 
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Over time, a damping circuit reduces oscillation and reveals the underlying signal.

As we grind towards the finish line of this disastrous primary season, it’s more apparent than ever that our system of primaries is monumentally stupid: stupid if you’re a Republican, stupid if you’re a Democrat, stupid all around. And I’m not merely saying this because of recent events. Let me explain.

The first, most baffling question is why do we allow the states who go first to go first? What is the magical formula that underlies the order in which states hold their primaries? Was it handed down from the Founders, who — in yet another extraordinarily prescient maneuver — decreed the nation’s nominating contest shall begin in Iowa, a state that wouldn’t even exist until 57 years after the Constitution was ratified?

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How would you have voted in your state’s primary election if you knew the final choice would be between Cruz and Trump? The GOP shot itself in the foot yet again. Through its foolish and unjust system of staggered primaries, it not only refuses voters in later states the opportunity to vote for a full […]

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I almost forgot to vote today. Which is understandable, really, considering the fact that I’m an actress in New York and a Republican (which is about the closest one gets these days to feeling like a CIA mole behind the Iron Curtain), so in the nonstop Bernie/Hillary chatter amongst my liberal friends, neighbors and co-workers, […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Fixing Our Primaries’ Hot Mess

 
The designer of the US Presidential Primary System is being transported to the Home for Retired Masochists

If a camel is a horse designed by a committee, our system of primaries and caucuses are a method of selecting candidates designed by a bipolar orangutan with a masochistic streak.

Somewhere along the line, New Hampshire’s claim on being the first primary of the season become sacrosanct. Why? You could stick 28 New Hampshires into Texas and still have enough space to cram in a couple of Delawares. The Hawkeye Cauci? Corn, and cows, and sideways coin flips? That’s enough to knock candidates out of the race? It’s ludicrous.

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Bernie Sanders’ supporters, an easily entertained group if there ever was one, were sent into waves of ecstasy when a tiny bird recently alighted on his podium mid-speech, perhaps hoping to enjoy a refreshing bath in his impassioned flecks of flying spittle. Or maybe it was trained by someone not really clear on the whole […]

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It was Presidential Caucus night in Utah, as you may have heard. So I did my duty as a citizen and showed up to cast my vote! Here is the tale of my adventures today. The morning was somewhat disappointing. Trump still gets so much free press because he’s living rent free in everyone’s brain […]

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So now that we know how the “Ides of March Primaries” (if Trump had lost all five states I doubt that’d be the Ricochet nom de journée) treated all of our candidates let’s get back to the math. To lighten up our usually dry analysis I’ll give you some musical numbers to help you through our think-piece. Of […]

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Quick question: Ohio’s primary is on Tuesday. For the first time in my adult life, Ohio is voting early enough that my vote will actually matter. Ohio is, practically speaking, an open primary (you can declare party affiliation just before you vote). I’ve seen a lot of conflicting arguments about how to vote. Regardless of […]

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Our spreadsheet battles are heating up again and worse they’re getting too large to look at in a screenshot. Not that I will let that stop me in any way mind you! So here’s your vanilla updated spreadsheet: Read More View Post

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Party Like It’s 1988

 
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Remember how well that went? We should.

Disappointment comes from events failing to meet your expectations, so I understand why many here are disappointed, angry, disheartened, and depressed. Plenty of folks hoped and expected that Tuesday night would end You-Know-Who. But I am not disappointed in the slightest with the results because I’d been expecting them for months. This is not to say I rejoice in them, am satisfied with them, or relish them in any way; merely, that I was prepared for them. And really, everyone else should have been prepared, too. We are seeing echoes of 1988.

Amidst all of the crushed optimism and the pronouncements that “this is the strongest field we’ve had in years,” our side has consistently overlooked something very important: That the people of the United States of America freely elected Barack Obama in 2008 and then — despite the ruinous havoc he and his party wreaked upon our economy, culture, freedoms, and the very rule of law — re-elected him four years later. The American people chose Obama twice. Moreover, they saw what we were selling and decided to pass, also twice. And if I am reading things correctly, they are prepared to do it a third time.

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Cassius: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” Julius Caesar (I, ii, 140-141) (Names changed, but the people I discuss here are very real, and I’ve known them for decades). Bob is a retired installer of siding and gutters, the son of another installer, and the grandson of […]

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Who did Cruz hire to do his ads? Whoever that guy is, needs to be cloned. Read More View Post

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Chris Christie has finally figured that he was never going to get the nomination, and has dropped out of the race. Gilmore supporter Guru was quoted as saying “YOU PUNY EARTHLINGS ARE DOOOOMMMMED!!!!” Read More View Post

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Well folks I have to admit that I was wrong. I’ll admit that I didn’t believe in my heart of hearts that Kasich could pull second place and for that I must beg your forgiveness. Read More View Post

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