Tag Archives: Election 2016

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)


Gambia: Barrow returns home

Source: Guardian [UK]

"Gambia's new president, Adama Barrow, returned to his country on Thursday afternoon, prompting a noisy and joyous wave of hope and excitement at the prospect of a brighter future for the small, poor west African state. By late afternoon thousands of people had lined the streets of Banjul, the capital, to welcome Barrow …. The former British colony was thrown into chaos in December when the autocratic president, Yahya Jammeh, refused to step down after unexpectedly losing elections to an alliance of opposition parties, despite repeated efforts at mediation by powerful regional states including Nigeria. Jammeh eventually left the Gambia, which he had ruled for 22 years, at the weekend after thousands of troops from other west African nations entered the country and he had secured a deal that will allow him to escape prosecution and keep much of his assets." (01/26/17)


Five facts about the UK Supreme Court's Brexit decision

Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

"The Supreme Court ruling does not halt or overrule Brexit. Today's 8-3 ruling is a procedural issue, not a substantive one. The president of the UK Supreme Court, Lord David Neuberger, said, 'The referendum is of great political significance, but the act of Parliament which established it did not say what should happen as a result.' Thus, Parliament must officially vote to trigger Article 50 of the 2007 Lisbon Treaty, allowing member states to leave the EU. 'The government cannot trigger Article 50' without an act of Parliament ordering it to do so, Lord Neuberger said. Opponents say this disregards the will of the people, while supporters call today's decision a victory for parliamentary sovereignty." (01/24/17)


Gambia: Regional troops invade to depose Jammeh

Source: Lompoc Record

"A West African regional force charged into neighboring Gambia late Thursday to support the country's newly inaugurated president, while longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh showed no sign of stepping down. The troops moved in shortly after Adama Barrow was inaugurated at Gambia's embassy in neighboring Senegal, after a final effort at diplomatic talks with Jammeh failed to secure his departure. His mandate expired at midnight." (01/19/17)