Tag Archives: Election 2016

Please, Gary Johnson, stay the hell away from politics

Source: Rare
by Jack Hunter

"What many libertarians had hoped would happen with the Johnson campaign — mainstreaming and elevating our philosophy — the exact opposite happened. So when Reason reported on Thursday that Johnson was returning to politics, I did not rejoice — I recoiled. Johnson had his chance, the biggest chance the Libertarian Party will likely ever have in our lifetimes, and his campaign did more to diminish liberty than promote it. Johnson’s simple 2016 task was two-fold: First, present libertarianism coherently, and hopefully, attractively. Second, don’t look like an idiot. He failed on both." (06/30/17)


Ireland: Kenny announces resignation as Fine Gael leader

Source: The Guardian [UK]

"Ireland’s prime minister, Enda Kenny, is stepping down as the leader of his Fine Gael party, triggering a leadership contest. Kenny told his colleagues at a meeting of his parliamentary party in Dublin that he was retiring at midnight on Wednesday, and that he expected a successor to be in place by 2 June. The 66-year-old former teacher, born in Mayo, is the longest-serving member of the Irish parliament, having first been elected in 1975. He has led the centre-right Fine Gael party for 15 years and been prime minister since 2011. Kenny has served as acting PM since March, when he tendered his resignation amid growing internal party pressure to stand down over his failure to secure a majority government in the general election in 2016. Kenny stayed in his post after the election thanks to the support of a range of independent MPs and the tacit backing of Fine Gael’s major rival opposition party, Fianna Fail." (05/17/17)


Clinton: It's everyone's fault but mine that I lost the election

Source: Washington Post

"Hillary Clinton on Tuesday attributed her defeat in the 2016 presidential election to interference by Russian hackers and FBI Director James B. Comey, and declared herself to be 'part of the resistance' to Donald Trump’s presidency. 'If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president,' Clinton told moderator Christiane Amanpour, the CNN anchor, at a Women for Women event in New York. … Clinton said a range of external forces were responsible for her surprise defeat. She said she was a victim of misogyny and unfair treatment by the news media. And she said she was confident that she was on track to winning the election until two things reversed her momentum: the release of campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails, which were allegedly stolen by Russian hackers, and Comey’s Oct. 28 letter to Congress that he had reopened the bureau’s investigation into her use of a private email server." (05/02/17)


Are American voters actually just stupid? A new poll suggests the answer may be "yes"

Source: Salon
by Chauncey DeVega

"Are tens of millions of Americans really this stupid? If the findings from a new poll are any indication, then the answer is yes …. 'Among those who report having voted for [Trump] in November, 96 percent today say it was the right thing to do; a mere 2 percent regret it. And if a rerun of the election were held today, the poll indicates even the possibility of a Trump victory in the popular vote among 2016 voters.' This is despite all the lies Donald Trump has told and all the campaign promises he has betrayed …" (04/26/17)


Prima facie unconstitutional: Texas's efforts to "bind" electors

Source: LibertyBuzz
by Joe Eldred

"Most of you probably remember Dr. William Greene as the 'faithless' elector who voted for Ron Paul last November. Dr. Greene is back in the news again. On Monday, March 27, 2017, the Elections Committee in the Texas House of Representatives met to consider four bills related to 'binding' Texas'[s] presidential electors in the Electoral College (plus one other bill dealing with threats against Electors)." (04/19/17)


Clinton camp scrambles to find out who leaked embarrassing info

Source: New York Post

"The knives are out in Hillary Clinton’s camp about who leaked embarrassing information to the authors of a bombshell new book about her 'doomed presidential campaign.' There is a witch hunt underway among Clinton’s presidential campaign staffers after the release of the autopsy book, 'Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign' by journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes. We’re told the details in the book, which depicts the campaign as inept, 'could only have come from someone in the inner circle.' … Revelations in the 'Shattered' book include how Clinton apologized to President Obama on election night after losing to Donald Trump. The book also describes how Clinton had her own witch hunt in 2008 after losing the nomination to Obama. She had an aide access the campaign’s server to check the emails from top staffers." (04/20/17)


Why Hillary Clinton really lost

Source: OpEdNews
by Robert Parry

"An early insider account of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, entitled Shattered, reveals a paranoid presidential candidate who couldn't articulate why she wanted to be President and who oversaw an overconfident and dysfunctional operation that failed to project a positive message or appeal to key voting groups. Okay, I realize that people who have been watching Rachel Maddow and other MSNBC programs — as well as reading The New York Times and The Washington Post for the past four months — 'know' that Clinton ran a brilliant campaign that was only derailed because of 'Russian meddling.' But this insider account from reporters Jonathan Allen and Annie Parnes describes something else." (04/19/17)


Top Democrats are wrong: Trump supporters were more motivated by racism than economic issues

Source: The Intercept
by Mehdi Hasan

"It isn't only Republicans, it seems, who traffic in alternative facts. Since Donald Trump’s shock election victory, leading Democrats have worked hard to convince themselves, and the rest of us, that his triumph had less to do with racism and much more to do with economic anxiety — despite almost all of the available evidence suggesting otherwise. … Philip Klinkner, a political scientist at Hamilton College and an expert on race relations, has pored over [American National Election Studies] data and tells me that 'whether it’s good politics to say so or not, the evidence from the 2016 election is very clear that attitudes about blacks, immigrants, and Muslims were a key component of Trump’s appeal.' For example, he says, 'in 2016 Trump did worse than Mitt Romney among voters with low and moderate levels of racial resentment, but much better among those with high levels of resentment.'" (04/06/17)


Was Hillary Clinton's progressive [sic] presidential bid doomed from the start?

Source: Independent Institute
by Sam Staley

"One person who pays keen attention to political fundamentals is Grover Norquist, head of the anti-tax advocacy organization Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). After the election, ATR compiled revealing data about politics on the state level with profound implications for interpreting the national election results and thinking about the future of politics in America. Most Americans, it turns out, live in states where Republicans have a virtual lock on state policymaking. More than half of the U.S. population, 162.3 million, lives in 25 'Red' states where the GOP controls the governor's office and the state legislature (both houses). This is not a trivial accomplishment. Securing and maintaining this kind of partisan control is very, very difficult. A reasonable interpretation of this result is that a majority of Americans live in states where the Republican Party political platform resonates more deeply and directly than the Democratic Party platform." (02/18/17)


Haiti: Moise sworn in as new president

Source: Lompoc Record

"Jovenel Moise was sworn in Tuesday as Haiti's president for the next five years after a bruising two-year election cycle, inheriting a chronically struggling economy and a deeply divided society. The 48-year-old entrepreneur took the oath of office in a Parliament chamber packed with Haitian lawmakers and foreign dignitaries from countries including the U.S., Venezuela and France. He smiled slightly as the Senate leader slipped Haiti's red and blue presidential sash over his left shoulder." (02/07/17)