Trump and Political Science

Ed Kilgore wrote an interesting piece yesterday detailing some of the ways Donald Trump’s campaign has challenged traditional thinking in political science. Kilgore discusses how Trump upended the popular belief in political science called “The Party Decides”, which holds that in modern presidential primaries, the elites of the party ultimately control the result. Many people, myself included,…

Reaction to the Third and Final Debate

Last night, Donald Trump refused to say whether he would accept the results of the election. Any honest analysis of the debate should begin and, frankly, end there. Trump’s position is a threat to the peaceful transition of power, a bedrock of stable democracies. It is telling that even Trump’s most shameless supporters have decided…

The Case for Running Up the Score

The Trump campaign imploded this week and relief from seeing Trump’s polling numbers crater gave me a little space to reflect on the election in general. Even though I’m hopeful about the result, I’m disgusted by the journey. The more I’ve thought about it, the more convinced I’ve become that the health of our political system…

Several Women Accuse Donald Trump of Sexual Assault

This evening, several outlets published the stories of women who accuse Donald Trump of assaulting them.The behavior alleged is disturbingly similar to what Trump described doing to women in his recently-released conversation with Billy Bush. For now, I will just link to the stories below and I encourage you all to read them because these accusers should…

Small Steps: Equal Access to Changing Stations

Today, the American government worked cooperatively to address a problem. President Obama signed the Bathrooms Accessible in Every Situation Act into law today. With certain restrictions, the law requires that diaper changing facilities be placed in both male and female public federal buildings. For dads with babies, this will be a welcome change from having to MacGyver…

No More Half Measures, Mr. Speaker

Yesterday, Paul Ryan announced that he would no longer defend Donald Trump but that he would not withdraw his endorsement. Ryan’s announcement is a particularly egregious example of cowardice masquerading as courage. Ryan is not standing up to Trump or taking away his endorsement. Rather, he is basically asking reporters to stop asking him to…

Quick Debate Thoughts 

1. Trump had a terrible weekend and failed to do anything to bring back those who left him.Even people who had willfully blinded themselves to some of his worst tendencies could not ignore him boasting about assaulting women. To even have a chance Trump needed to give a solid explanation of and apology for his…

The VP Debate

Earlier today, I said I was curious about tonight’s debate because I wanted to see how Governor Mike Pence would defend Donald Trump. The answer was that he simply did not. Senator Kaine went after Trump and challenged Pence to defend Trump’s most abhorrent statements and, as much as he could, Pence tried to run from…

Why I’ll be Watching the VP Debate 

The VP debate has generated little interest. This is due to the fact that the two presidential nominees command so much oxygen that there is little left for the VP nominees. However, I will be watching this debate with great interest because, oddly, I want to see Mike Pence.  The interesting thing about this debate…