Electoral Reform- Part 5- Why Tuesday?
The answer to this question may surprise many. A 1792 law required that the electors chosen meet on the first Wednesday in December to decide the winner of the presidency. Elections themselves had to be held within 34 days of that Wednesday, although the actual day of the vote was left to the individual states. Being an agrarian society, voters had to travel to the | Read More »
Electoral Reform -Part 4: Expansion and Suppression
The best way to increase voter participation is to insure the integrity of the voting process. This is a concept that people on both the Left and the Right should agree upon. But, that is not the case and nowhere is liberal hypocrisy, internal inconsistency in their arguments, and just plain hubris more on display by the Left. It is true that cases of voter | Read More »
Help on Commenting
I am computer illiterate, especially when it comes to Apple products. Thinking it was something intrinsic to their weird mindset, I nevertheless have the same problem on other computers. Specifically, when I sign onto RedState, I have no problem writing entries or viewing comments. But, I will be damned if I can make comments on any articles. For one fleeting day there, at the bottom | Read More »
Electoral Reform- Part 3: Balanced Budgets and Term Limits
One rather consistent mantra of the GOP has been a call for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. It would seem rather sad that such a measure would even be proposed, but such is the state of a Congress and a President who cannot seem to do what every family does. In effect, such a proposal, proponents argue, would force fiscal discipline upon the | Read More »
Electoral Reform- Part 2: Are Third Parties the Answer?
For better or worse, the United States has a two-party system. Initially, we had George Washington and nothing else. There were obvious splits early in our history with John Adams and Thomas Jefferson being the most noticeable, but even there both were Federalists. It was the election of the populist Andrew Jackson that basically gave birth to the Democratic Party then, in 1856, the northern | Read More »
Electoral Reform- Part 1: Is There a Need?
On Election Day, as I was following the returns from around the country on Politico (I was following all the races, not just President), somewhere on the lower part of their list of articles was one entitled, “The Real Winner: More Gridlock.” This was published before any votes had been tallied and was the consensus of political “experts.” This was based on an assumption that | Read More »
Where I Went Wrong
In a series of articles leading up to Election Day, I analyzed the presidential and Senate races state-by-state. It concluded with a predicted Romney win with somewhere in the neighborhood of 280 electoral votes. For the Presidential vote, I use a system I devised based upon recent and historical trends in each state, properly weighted, polling data (again weighted), and other criteria then run that | Read More »
Tomorrow is Election Day: Iowa
This is the final in a very long series that will be summarized tomorrow- Election Day- then I will do a follow up later this week to see how I did and where I went wrong. Originally, I held Iowa out for last because I thought we would have a tie up to this point and Iowa would decide it. It may still. I stand | Read More »
2 days to Election Day: Ohio
Ohio has been the most stubborn state for Mitt Romney to gain any traction in the polls. In a state heavily polled in October, Romney managed to lead in only three of them and tied Obama in another five polls. Since the end of September, Obama has consistently polled near or above the 50% level. While the state is not exactly enamored with Obama, Mitt | Read More »
Hurricane Sandy- A Personal Note and Some Observations
First and foremost, let me state that I live along the New Jersey shore and have all my life save for my time at college. Currently, I live one and a half blocks from the back bay on one of those barrier islands we are reading and seeing that suffered so much damage. My home, in particular, took on two feet of water not to | Read More »