While demonizing whole states may feel good, it does little to illuminate the complex realities of American politics.
I lost my first election by six votes. The next several races I won. My career in politics progressed: town councilor, state representative, state senator, Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate. All along, Carol was there. All along, we held opposite worldviews.
It's important because a vibrant two-party system makes our republic stronger. It provides the basis for compromise, forward momentum and progress. If the Republicans continue to play in a league of their own, they and our democracy will be worse off for it.
For those of us who care less about partisanship and more about what our elected officials actually do -- or fail to do -- once in office, the 2012 election portends a bleak future.
Fearful of appearing biased, the elite political press failed to call sufficient attention to the Republican Party's radical agenda and disdain for facts. The result is that in the name of balance, the press actually put its thumb on the scale, and prevented a true reckoning.
Haven't you read about it somewhere else already? Do you want me to repeat what you already know? Offer an opinion that definitely doesn't matter and won't change your mind?
I don't know about you, but I'm going to move to the other side of the electoral bed and light up a cigarette. Anyone have a match? And how sw...
What I have learned from living abroad is that the meaning of the word "election" is not universal.
Disregard for human life and the rule of law is exposed in stark relief when, in the very same week, news of a failed shot at a robotic device evokes national outrage, while the robotic maiming of a child and killing of three people is met with radio silence.
The 2012 election resembled Harry Truman's come-from-behind "Give `em Hell" campaign of 1948. That year, too, Republicans could almost taste victory. But Truman was a scrapper. He didn't mind winning ugly.
Every fourth November is a big month for news, because the election occurs, and the results are debated for a couple of weeks, then Thanksgiving comes, and the rating numbers collapse.
When Missouri's electors convene on Dec. 17 to cast their electoral votes, it will mark the second presidential election in a row their state voted for the losing candidate. What are the state's proudest, most nostalgic citizens to do?
In the days before the election, we asked voters to tell us whether they switched parties - and why or why not. Many respondents expressed frustration - variously with President Obama, Mitt Romney and the two-party system, among other things.
Much has been written about the nation's changing demographics and Obama's record-breaking ground game. But there's at least one more lesson for aspiring political pundits and scientists alike -- to win, you have to say something substantial.
Candidates feeling cowed by NRA influence should fear no more. NRA spending this cycle was ineffective -- or at least insufficient.
Lawrence Downes is right: If the Republicans are going to offer real immigration reform, they will have to do better than this.
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