Does Electability Matter?

I recently came across a very interesting post on YouGov, a polling data site, that analyzed whether electability makes a difference in Republican voters’ candidate preferences. Political scientists usually agree that in a two party system, there’s a sophisticated pattern of strategic decision-making that happens when people vote, whether consciously or unconsciously. The prevailing idea is that when the winner only needs to earn the most votes, people don’t want to “waste” their votes on a sure loser. In the YouGov piece, John Sides and Alex Lundry tested this hypothesis with the prominent Republican candidates running in the 2012 Presidential race to see whether hearing potential chances of winning would make voters more likely to change their preferences. The results were interesting, although not surprising. Read More Does Electability Matter?

You Complete Me Internet: Fighting the Winter Blahs Edition

On today’s journey into the deep recesses of the Internet, we’ll be looking for links that put a smile on the face, or otherwise make Monday afternoon go a bit faster.  Read More You Complete Me Internet: Fighting the Winter Blahs Edition

Everything Old is Newt Again

Let’s talk about Newt Gingrich for a minute. Growing up in the 1980s and 90s, Gingrich was at the height of his career right around when I started to pay attention to politics and the world around me. He was everywhere you turned in the newspaper and on television. It seemed that he loomed practically larger than life for my family, revered by my upper class Republican grandparents and reviled by my dues-paying union member parents. Read More Everything Old is Newt Again

Monday’s Republican Tea Party Debates on CNN: Did You Watch?

On Monday night we had yet another Republican presidential debate. CNN wanted their own debate, so they called it the “Tea Party Republican Debate” to drum up viewers who usually leave the TV set on Fox News. Read More Monday’s Republican Tea Party Debates on CNN: Did You Watch?

Civil Vandalism: A Manifesto

There are many ways in which I could be a better person. I could drop my laundry quarters into the coffee cups of the panhandlers outside my office. I could work to suppress my nervous reaction to sad or uncomfortable news, which is to giggle uncontrollably. Read More Civil Vandalism: A Manifesto