January 22, 2018

Gettin’ a little crazy out there…

No default. But no matter. It’s still not enough to make anyone happy.* In fact, just to read the headlines, I can’t help but think that it’s getting a little crazy out there. Check out a sampling of them from this screen shot of Real Clear Politics this afternoon: Among other things, here’ s a few […]

Utah is becoming even more Republican…if that’s even possible.

Last night, or early this morning, I engaged in some hyperbolic jousting over Twitter with the inestimable Deb Henry, a candidate for Vice Chair of the Utah Democratic Party. Amidst the trash talk, Deb reminded the world why she is running for Vice Chair of the Utah Democratic Party (yes, our state has one). http://twitter.com/heydebhenry/status/75806018684207104 […]

Why did the GOP lose NY-26? Not the reason you think.

The winning Democrat only won with 47%, just one point less than Barack Obama got in the district in 2008. Not exactly an awe-inspiring performance. Democrats won only because a third-party candidate—self-proclaimed tea partier Jack Davis—spent a reported $3 million of his own money. Absent Mr. Davis as a spoiler—he got 9% of the vote—Democrats […]

Is the recession over, or are there more bubbles?

Image via Wikipedia I’m reading “Aftershock: Protect Yourself and Profit in the Next Global Financial Meltdown” by Wiedemer, Wiedemer, and Spitzer. They claim to have seen the current recession coming before it happened, the result of the popping of various bubbles in our economy, including in the housing and credit markets. Interestingly, and perhaps most […]

Why two parties? Why not more?

Image via Wikipedia Too many parties leads to extremism, says James Taranto in the Wall Street Journal. Two is actually the optimum number of parties. A viable and durable third party would make it far easier to be elected with only minority support; more parties than that would raise the specter of small extremist parties […]