Browsing Archive: September, 2015

Don't know nothing about history...

Posted by Timothy McBride on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, In : Election2016 
Apparently Americans really don't know much about history (guess that is obvious!)

More surprising, apparently the press doesn't know it either, or so-called "political pundits."

If they knew history they would know we have seen the likes of Donald Trump before: that is, a politician who uses over-the-top rhetoric designed to appeal to the prejudices of the masses, their fears and rile them up.

Examples abound, such as Huey Long, Father Coughlin, Franics Townsend, Jospeh McCarthy.  All of these ...
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Understanding political numbers

Posted by Timothy McBride on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, In : Election2016 
As I watch the 2016 election roll out, and again watch (with my usual disappointment) the pundits talk about the election, I am amazed that people seem to lack a simple understanding of electoral math.

Let's start with a simple story now dominating everyone's attention.  Donald Trump's so-called "surge."  

Well to understand that, remember two important things: if the polls are right he has about 30% support of REPUBLICANS and has a big lead (mean a plurality) over the other 15 candidates in th...
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