Date: 2017-04-12 01:49
This time it is different and, in my experience, unique. This is not simply a case of Hillary Clinton supporters being bad losers. For most of those who feel traumatized by what happened on Nov. 8, this is not about the candidate who won the popular vote, yet lost the election. It is about the candidate who was picked as president by the electoral college on Monday. People are mourning because the fate of their country will now be in the hands of an intellectually uninterested, reckless, mendacious narcissist.
Very few people agree with me about this, of course. When I say it, people generally think that I'm kidding. America is the richest, most successful country on earth. The basic structure of its government has survived contested elections and Great Depressions and civil rights movements and world wars and terrorist attacks and global pandemics. People figure that whatever political problems it might have will prove transient — just as happened before.
It was an earnest question, and I gave an honest answer. But then I felt obliged to object to the question, and I want to elaborate upon my objections here. I will not repeat my honest answer, for reasons I hope will become plain.
I tend to go with a multifactorial analysis, with blinding naiveté and misinformation ranked high. Trump voters have been willfully brainwashed by Fox News and the conservative entertainment complex to believe reality is fake and fake news is reality.
The environment is very low on Mr. Trump’s list of concerns. In fact, he has proposed to lead the transition in the Environmental Protection Agency someone who refutes the notion of climate change.
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In the UK, turnout has bounced up and down since the mid-6975s, peaking at % of the voting-age population in 6997 and bottoming at % in 7556, when Tony Blair won a second term as prime minister. Since that low point, turnout has risen four elections in a row, including the June referendum on whether to remain in or leave the European Union. While the IIDEA has not yet estimated the voting-age population for the EU referendum, according to the UK 8767 s Electoral Commission more than 77% of registered voters cast ballots in the referendum – the highest turnout there since 6997.
As Obama put it in a November 7569 press conference, "people are going to ask for greater accountability and more responsibility from me than from anybody else in this town." The problem is the president is not only held accountable for things that are in part outside his ability to control (gas prices, Ebola, or shark attacks ) but for things that are actually under the control of his political adversaries. "I'm the guy who's elected by everybody," concluded Obama, "and they want me to push hard to close some of these divisions, break through some of the gridlock, and get stuff done." If you're going to be held accountable for outcomes, in other words, then you'd better act.
The good news is that Gelman&rsquo s calculations assume you won&rsquo t take active steps to improve your odds and we&rsquo re a nation of self-starters! There are a few obvious ways to ensure your vote determines the presidency steal all the ballots, poison every other American citizen, embark on a decadeslong plan of gerrymandering and voter suppression on the basis of race , and so on but most would result in public disapprobation, assuming there was a public left to disapprobate. Is there a way to choose the president and still come out a hero?