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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French presidential election, April 23rd & May 7th, 2017 on: February 27, 2017, 06:59:08 pm
Nothing is ever done until it's actually done when it comes to elections. Macron might very well end up not qualifying for the 2nd round.

That being said, the super left-wingers, bitterly crying and concern trolling about how Macron's support will inevetably start to implode any day now... any day now... once people find out what a dirty dirty capitalist he really is, are starting to seem pretty delusional.

And no, I don't care about what happened to Buyrou's poll numbers in 2007. If there was one thing I had hoped people learnt from 2016, it would be that the past is a really bad way of predicting future elections.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French presidential election, April 23rd & May 7th, 2017 on: February 25, 2017, 08:38:42 am
When is the deadline for submitting the 500 signatures?
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French presidential election, April 23rd & May 7th, 2017 on: February 16, 2017, 07:16:56 am
Bayrou needs to stay the fvck out of this race. He has no chance of winning and will only s the centrist liberal candidate

(Not that he probably cares, French top-politician's only ideology seem to be themselves)
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French presidential election, April 23rd & May 7th, 2017 on: January 30, 2017, 05:44:47 am
Let's say Macron actually manages to pull out a win in the presidential election, how likely is it that centre-right voters who voted for him over Fillon due to the laters scandals and policies deliver a centre-right majority in the National Assembly, and how would Macron handle that majority?
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French presidential election, April 23rd & May 7th, 2017 on: January 30, 2017, 05:40:00 am
If this thread is any indication at all it seems like a pretty unlikely scenario that the French left will unite around one vision and one candidate in this election.

6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Swedish IKEA Death Metal Quiz on: January 24, 2017, 06:10:45 am
16/20, based on gut feeling, but it's probably also easier for those who know a little Swedish like me. Scandinavians should be able to get an even better score.

You were right, I got them all.

IKEA furniture is actually mostly named after Scandinavian towns. So whenever it sounds like it's a place in Sweden or Norway, it's furniture.
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Big Bad Swedish Politics & News Thread on: January 20, 2017, 09:17:50 am
The difference between the Moderates and the two small socially liberal Alliance parties seem to be getting bigger and bigger.

At this point I don't think it's possible to form an "Alliance" government even after the 2018 elections. The divide over immigration policy has become to infected for there to be a compromise all four parties can get behind. On the other hand very few members of either the Centre Party or the Liberals seem to want to prop up a Social Democratic government either. It'll be interesting to watch how this develops over the coming months, but I think that Sweden is moving in a Norwegian direction with the Moderates moving closer to SD, with them playing the part of Höyre and Frp respectively, with the small social liberal parties C and L forming a semi-independent centre-right in the middle like Venstre and KrF. 
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Why are parties that call themselves "Centre" almost always actually right wing? on: December 13, 2016, 04:49:46 am
The Finnish Centre Party (originally called Agrarian League) was originally a party for small-farmers who rejected socialism but couldn't bring themselves to vote for the main right-wing parties because they viewed them as representing rich city folks who don't understand the countryside.

Yeah it's basically the same history for all three of the Nordic Centre Parties. Just like the Labour and Social Democratic parties started out as the political arm of the trade unions, the Agrarian Leagues started as the political arm of different farmer movements with their primary objective to defend and advance rights for farmers. 

Since farmers are land owners (and thus technically capitalists) they couldn't accept Socialism as an ideology. On the other hand farmers in Norway, Sweden and Finland were much poorer than their continental counterparts, due to the worse climate, so they neither felt at home with the outright right-wing parties. Thus their party came to align between the two, thus ending up in the centre of the old political landscape.

Over time the Centre parties also worked with both the left and right in all three countries. In Sweden they went into coalition with the Social Democrats in the 30's, and then again in the 50's. During the 70's, as the Social Democrats with Palme in charge turned left, they however found themselves closer to the centre-right and formed a government with them with Fälldin as leader. Still in the late 90's they had a good working relationship with Social Democratic Prime Minister Göran Persson. It's only after 2000 that the party started to gain a more stable centre-right identity.     
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Why is Dan Malloy unpopular? on: November 29, 2016, 10:37:08 am
Dannel Malloy is my favorite governor. Honestly.

Why?

Because to some people being an ideological hack is more important than good governance.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Transition Team/Cabinet Thread on: November 24, 2016, 03:47:47 am
thanks, morden, i should have more specifically asked for a successful bid of such a candidate (i guess accepting the ambassadorship from obama even harmed his candidacy) but i agree now that it would be possible.

Well there was former UN Ambassador George Herbert Walker Bush in 1988 if you're looking for a successful former ambassador. ^^ 
Yeah, but he was also a former Congressman, CIA Director, Ambassador to China, and Vice President Tongue

True enough, but Haley will have been Governor for six years as well so it's not as if UN Ambassador will be her first important post and I think he original question was whether somebody had made a come-back from holding a position as ambassador to become president afterwards.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Jill Stein files for a recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin on: November 24, 2016, 03:27:44 am
Throw  her off a boat already! I don't care if she's feeling remorse or more likely just wants attention. There is absolutely no evidence for there being any election rigging going on in Wisconsin and this just show that Stein is as out there as Trump and his supporters are.

12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Transition Team/Cabinet Thread on: November 23, 2016, 09:17:06 am
thanks, morden, i should have more specifically asked for a successful bid of such a candidate (i guess accepting the ambassadorship from obama even harmed his candidacy) but i agree now that it would be possible.

Well there was former UN Ambassador George Herbert Walker Bush in 1988 if you're looking for a successful former ambassador. ^^ 
13  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Breakdown of Irish Political Parties? on: November 21, 2016, 11:05:32 am
Can someone give me a breakdown of the ideologies and stances of Irish political parties?

They don't really have ideologies. The two big parties FF and FG are basically the same, they just disagree on whether the country should have accepted the Anglo-Irish Treaty almost a century ago.

Although FG is generally seen to be more centre-right on economic issues, while FF is more centre-right on cultural and social issues.

I'm over-simplifying, but some Irish person will probably step in and give a more nuanced view.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner for a cabinet position? on: November 17, 2016, 06:26:15 am
I had no idea it was banned by law for presidents to appoint their family.

This means the writer's of House of Cards made a huge mistake compared to reality when they had Frank appointing Claire as his UN Ambassador.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Hagrid on: November 16, 2016, 09:16:24 pm
You can't really blame him for being emotional about a candidate he believed so strongly in. I just feel he needs a hug and some time.

Sure it's terrible to look down on white working class people (something which unfortunately is way too common here and on the left in general) but most of us have probably said stupid things when angry or upset.

I liked him when he was Conservative, I like him now that he's... Liberal... ? whatever he is now.

FF!   
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: DC - voted for statehood on: November 16, 2016, 07:05:38 pm
D.C. won't become a state in their own right for a very long time, if ever.

Obviously the ordinary folks living in Washington should have congressional representation, but if Dems actually cared about voting-rights for the people living there they'd support carving out the central government parts as "the district" and then have the rest merge with Maryland. Of course I strongly suspect to most liberals the issue has much more to do with Democrats wanting to gain two extra senators than anything else.

17  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Pigfvcker Memorial Suppository for UK News: A Departure from EUtopia on: November 16, 2016, 03:18:21 pm
God damn it Britain, I know you have some sort of weird unconscious prejudice and bigotry towards red-headed people, but just leave the hot ginger and his new girlfriend alone!

18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Report: Trump Taps Ben Carson for Secretary of Education on: November 12, 2016, 06:19:57 am
I thought Republicans were dead set on abolishing the education department?
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Is the filibuster now dead? on: November 12, 2016, 06:15:39 am
He should!

The idea that you should need 60% support to pass anything in the Senate, which has been the practical result of the filibuster for the last years, is silly. It was a stupid rule back when Republicans used it to obstruct president Obama, it will be stupid when he leaves office.

20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: 2020 Republican frontrunners on: November 09, 2016, 02:34:23 am
Time for us to look ridiculous in four years!
I say either Trump Part Deux or Pence/Cotton.

Four years? It just took a few hours.

But you got lucky with that Trump Part Deux.
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: 2016 Presidential Election Results & Exit Polls **live commentary thread** on: November 09, 2016, 02:28:12 am
The worst thing about this is that Tender will have been right all along. Tongue

I'll admit, I thought Clinton would carry it and carry it rather comfortably. But this really shows that there is an international trend for nationalism and that if politicians and the media act like arrogant snobs, ignoring and talking down to rural areas, and buying into devise identity politics and SJW policies they will be punished by an electorate that feels talked down to and ignored.

22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: 2016 Presidential Election Results & Exit Polls **live commentary thread** on: November 08, 2016, 06:29:00 pm
Bayh over-preforming by 9 pt. at the moment. Tongue

23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: 2016 Presidential Election Results & Exit Polls **live commentary thread** on: November 08, 2016, 06:23:59 pm
Gray over-preforming Clinton by 11 pt. at the moment. Ticket splitting is alive and well at least.  
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: turnout reports, voting problems, and last minute dirty tricks on: November 08, 2016, 03:48:06 pm
Why is it so hard for America to run efficient and secure elections? Every country in Europe can do it!
Except for Austria, apparently.

Fair enough! Tongue

Back in 2014 in the Swedish election thread Tender would go on and on how, although Swedish voting and vote counting was efficient, we were clearly not as good as awesome as his wünderbar Austria.

Wrong! Liar! Crooked! That came back to bite him in the ass BIGLY!
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: turnout reports, voting problems, and last minute dirty tricks on: November 08, 2016, 02:21:12 pm
Female turnout is apparently at a record high in New Hampshire.

Any word on if they're angry?

All voters are angry this year.
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