Cratering Respectability Politics

I’m not certain of much in life, but that Donald Trump is a disgrace who is in over his head seems pretty unquestionable. The London terrorist attacks were yet another chance for him to show a bit of leadership (or just a shred of decency), but it was yet another test that he failed miserably. […]

Is the WTO a Good Brexit Safety Net for the UK?

I’m wrapping up a book “Keep Calm and Brexit On?” that I’ll be publishing in multiple installments. The first one, “It’s Not Dead Yet” opens the book with the usual front matter and the first couple of chapters which set the stage for last summer’s historic referendum on the UK’s EU membership. There’s a lot […]

Nate Cohn: Obama voters choosing Trump decided the election

(correction: I posted this momentarily before accounting for minors who are not eligible to register for voting. They accounted for 18.4% of the population in Ogemaw County in 2015. The figures and argument have been updated to account for this.) Nate Cohn, the NYTs data guy, posted a few tweets about the election claiming “they […]

The Economy is Rigged, and Other Campaign Truths

In, “The Economy is Rigged, and Other Presidential Campaign Myths,” Harvard Economist Gregory Mankiw took to the pages of the NYT’s Upshot to dispel what he saw as some election-related myths. He was attempting to tackle some of Trump’s whoppers (an effort I’m certainly in favor of), but there are claims that I felt I needed to contest. […]

Donald Trump 2016: The One Weird Trait That Predicts Whether You’re a Trump Supporter – POLITICO Magazine

If I asked you what most defines Donald Trump supporters, what would you say? They’re white? They’re poor? They’re uneducated? You’d be wrong. In fact, I’ve found a single statistically significant variable predicts whether a voter supports Trump—and it’s not race, income or education levels: It’s authoritarianism. -Matthew MacWilliams http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/01/donald-trump-2016-authoritarian-213533 If the shoe fits, go […]

CNN Shares Responsibility for the Fear-Mania of the GOP Debate – The Atlantic

Let’s start with the First Rule of Terrorism, which this era’s attackers either know instinctively or have learned. That rule is: The purpose of terrorism is not to kill or maim or destroy.For the attackers, such crimes are merely tactics, on the way to a different goal, which is to terrorize. The strategic ambition is […]