In 2008, the National Journal
released The Hidden History of the American Electorate
, an analysis of exit poll demographics conducted by multiple news organizations from US presidential elections between 1988 and 2004. The study looked for "pressure points in the electorate": trends which were likely to decide the outcome of the 2008 presidential election. They've released an update for 2012, by adding exit poll results from the 1980, 1984, and 2008 presidential elections
. It gives a more comprehensive look at voting trends over a 32 year period of the groups whom they believe are likely to influence the outcome in November. Charts: Voting Preferences of the American Electorate, 1980-2008
"When I say Alvin, you say Greene." - So begins a promotional rap video*
endorsing United States Senate candidate Alvin Greene (previously
* - Link to Countdown segment on MSNBC that includes the video [more inside]
is the Republican nominee for the 5th Congressional District of Illinois (Rahm Emanuel
's old seat). She's also an active poster on Free Republic
. An active poster on Free Republic who's learning that what you write on the internet can come back to haunt you
Urban legend has it that the province of Saskatchewan, Canada appeared in red in some 1950's American social studies textbooks, along with other "communist" countries such as Russia, China and Cuba.
It is true that Saskatchewan's "natural governing party", the socialistic New Democratic Party
have held power in the province for 47 of the last 65 years
. And it's true that the NDP's most famous leader (and Canada's Greatest Canadian
), Tommy Douglas, brought universal healthcare to the province, an achievement which paved the way for it to come to the rest of Canada.
But now, after suffering their worst defeat in 20 years
, Saskatchewan's New Democratic Party is searching for a new leader... [more inside]
Is Keith Ellison liberal enough?
Ellison is currently the representative from Minnesota district 58B
. Now, he's the DFL
's candidate to replace outgoing
DFLer Martin Olav Sabo
as representative for Minnesota's 5th district in the US House
. Ellison got the nomination pretty easily
. If he wins, he'd be the first Muslim in the House of Representatives
Some people are worried about him, though. He's apparently had links to Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam
, but it's mostly only conservatives pointing that out
A better question might be, Is he liberal enough for Minnesota's 5th district? The Fifth District (located in Minneapolis and the western suburbs) has traditionally been a very strong Democratic stronghold
. Ellison will probably have little trouble defeating his opponents (who were they again
?), so the question for liberals in his district is: Is he liberal enough? One of the few opportunities for liberals to get someone who really goes the whole nine yards -- so does he
Berlusconi going down?
another leftist leader elected
- another victim of bush policies or of his own hubris? (via war and piece
Matt Cooper (no, not this Matt Cooper)
is a 21-year-old political science student at the University of California at Davis. He's also running for President.
Texan MeFites, finally there's a candidate
you can believe in. Singer/Songwriter
and now statesman
. God bless america...
Are you unsure of who to vote for amid all of the rhetoric and misdirection in this election season? Perhaps you'd like to get to the meat of each candidate's stance on the issues with the bias of knowing who said what? (don't worry, you'll get the full scoop later)
The Voterizer (my name for it since they have no name attached) can help you determine which of the two candidates most closely aligns with your beliefs.
via Captain Normal
"Iraq will be a free, independent country, and America and the Middle East will be safer because of it."
and part of this process is appointing an Ambassador. The leading candidate
for this job? US ambassador to the UN and former US ambassador to Honduras, John Negroponte
Porn star Mary Carey
officially launched her gubenatorial campaign in front of a sports bar in Sacaramento, today. Her platform? Legalize gay marriage, tax breast implants and set up a live, streaming webcam in the Governor's Mansion. God help me, this is starting to sound appealing to me. Are politicians so bad that porn stars
look good by comparison?
No winner in MoveOn primary...
but Dean places first, with 4387%. No candidate getting over 50% means no endorsement for now
. But more people voted in this virtual Democratic primary than voted in the New Hampshire, Iowa, and North Carolina Democratic primaries/caucuses in 2000.
Cable channel FX to run 'American Candidate' competition.
You heard me right, folks. Picture 'American Idol'
, but this time the winner
gets to run for president. (Presumably via a whole lot of cash from FX.) Man, I can hear the Europeans mocking us already!
Dead man walking.
In 2004, I'm voting for Abe Lincoln.
Are you really in favor of who you should be?
Not having seen this in a quick scan, I'll point you to SpeakOut's VoteMatch quiz. It correctly pegged me as a Browne voter, but I was surprised that Bush came in second, Gore fourth, and Nader 7th. Hmmm...