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26  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: States where African-American candidates have a hard time winning statewide on: March 24, 2015, 10:52:04 am
Pretty sure we won't see an African-American represent Vermont anytime soon. Tongue

Doesn't Utah have about as low a percentage of African-Americans as Vermont? Checking Wikipedia... Looks like the 2010 census says that Vermont had 1% African-American population, and Utah has 1.1% (probably because of Somali and Sudanese refugees; we've got a couple thousand of them).

All states with less than 10% African-Americans. Neither party would be inclined to select an African-American in those.

We'll see in 2018... Utah at least could elect an African-American statewide, and I'm sure that a few other states could as well.
27  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: FL-Sen: Murphy In on: March 24, 2015, 01:27:35 am
THE 2016 DEMOCRATIC WAVE IS BUILDING

This but unironically (unless you were serious, in which case I simply agree with you).

I think it's too early to tell, friend, but this is very good news and just the sort of quality recruitment that is required for a genuine wave. Nothing would delight me more than seeing Rubio go down.

It's looking like Rubio will decline to run for re-election and instead go for the presidency, but yeah, I agree. If the Dems recruit candidates of Murphy-esque quality, we will win back the Senate.

Also, going on Daily Kos, it's amusing to see the disconnect between the Daily Kos "main-pagers" who hate Murphy and love Alan Grayson, and the reality-based Daily Kos Elections guys who are all saying "guys, Murphy is literally our best candidate and votes with us most of the time anyways. If we have Grayson as the nominee, we will lose."
28  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Rick Perry on: March 24, 2015, 01:12:29 am
Well, he's corrupt, spiteful, and... uh, I forgot the third thing.

Oops.
29  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: FL-Sen: Murphy In on: March 24, 2015, 12:05:18 am
THE 2016 DEMOCRATIC WAVE IS BUILDING

This but unironically (unless you were serious, in which case I simply agree with you).
30  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1892 Election (The Hearse at Monticello) on: March 23, 2015, 07:40:46 pm
Dang, should've gone for Prohibition. At least that would've been unique, we haven't had a Prohibition candidate elected president in any election game I know of.
31  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Disturbed man tries to get into White House on: March 23, 2015, 12:06:24 pm
Haha, that's great. Very Onion-esque.
32  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Jewish Internet Defense Force on: March 23, 2015, 12:02:59 pm
Where's the option for "I don't care, Israel-Palestinian issues aren't a priority for me"?

The "I'm okay with/indifferent to mass slaughter if it isn't happening to Americans" option is thankfully not included in this poll.

Fair enough. I voted HG, by the way, since reflexively pro-Israel groups tend be more obnoxious and vicious than the pro-Palestinian groups.
33  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Sweden condemned by 57 Muslim countries for Saudi comments on: March 23, 2015, 11:58:18 am
I wish American foreign policy could pull off the same thing as Sweden...
34  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Markos Moulitsas on: March 22, 2015, 10:57:47 pm
FF because I love Daily Kos Elections, and it wouldn't have happened without Daily Kos in the first place.
35  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1892 Election (The Hearse at Monticello) on: March 22, 2015, 10:57:05 pm
Unlike some people, I don't ballot for corporate toadies because like, the other guys are sooo boring, omigod.

Hey, I'm going to go right back to the Populists next election, I just think that there should at least be an interruption in the dominance of the Populists. Plus, it's a fictional election game.
36  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Jewish Internet Defense Force on: March 22, 2015, 10:55:25 pm
Where's the option for "I don't care, Israel-Palestinian issues aren't a priority for me"?
37  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: RIP Lee Kuan Yew on: March 22, 2015, 10:50:19 pm
An interesting fellow. RIP.
38  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: 66 year-old Jerry Brown to run for President on: March 22, 2015, 09:58:18 pm
he could run on a one-term vow.  he could build a nice narrative around that.  "not concerned for my own re-election, I can place petty politics aside and focus on leading this great nation..."

I've always thought Biden could also pull something like that off.
39  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1892 Election (The Hearse at Monticello) on: March 22, 2015, 08:18:35 pm
Heck with it, I'm bored with the Populists, going for Cleveland.
40  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: "Shoot the Gays" Measure May Make Ballot in California on: March 22, 2015, 11:05:31 am
Wow, a month where the LDS Church supports an anti-discrimination measure in Utah and California has something like this pop up...
41  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: How would you advise Senator Bernie Sanders on his Presidential campaign? on: March 22, 2015, 01:29:37 am
I would advise him to pull the political conversation to the left, rather than trying to win.
42  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Alabama: Where judges sentence criminals to death over a jury's wishes on: March 22, 2015, 12:33:23 am
Yeah that's terrifying, and literally the definition of judicial activism.
43  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1892 Conventions (The Hearse at Monticello) on: March 22, 2015, 12:01:39 am
What a surprise, Cleveland is going to be the Dem nominee. Again.
44  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Can someone not a lawyer become a prominent U.S. Politician, or even President? on: March 21, 2015, 10:19:41 pm
Eisenhower and Grant were generals, and Reagan was an actor (admittedly governor after that, but still).
45  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Could Bernie Sanders supporters become the new Paulbots? on: March 21, 2015, 07:24:44 pm
No, Bernie Sanders doesn't have an obsessed political cult around him, mainly because there's no unifying issue that only he talks about. Warren I could see having "Warrenbots", but she's not running.
46  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: States where African-American candidates have a hard time winning statewide on: March 21, 2015, 05:01:31 pm
Utah, given how narrowly Mia Love won as a well-funded Republican.

I don't think even a staunch conservative AA candidate would have an easy ride in Alabama.

Nah, Mia Love lost the first time and narrowly won the second time because she's a terrible, undisciplined candidate, and in the second election, Doug Owens ended up being a better campaigner and GOTVer than anyone expected. It wasn't racism. When Mormons are racist, they're racist to non-Mormon minorities, not Mormon minorities.
47  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: States where African-American candidates have a hard time winning statewide on: March 21, 2015, 04:49:05 pm
I think an African-American candidate would be able to win in every US state right now.

That candidate of course has to be in the right party though (GOP in the South and heavily-GOP states and Democratic in the Dem. states), run a good campaign and raise a good amount of cash.

Tim Scott for example didn't have much of a problem in South Carolina, it's just that a Democratic Black cannot win there.

Mia Love in Utah is the same way; the fact that she's a Black Republican Mormon means she can win in Utah. If she were a Black Democratic Mormon, she'd have no chance. Simple as that.
48  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: UT-Dan Jones and Associates: Jeb up 7 on: March 21, 2015, 04:42:40 pm
A lot of the Utah Dems are relatively progressive, so it makes sense that they'd prefer Warren.
49  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1892 Conventions (The Hearse at Monticello) on: March 20, 2015, 11:54:32 pm
Stevenson/Gray sounds like a decent ticket.
50  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Does NH deserve its first-in-the-nation place in presidential primary season? on: March 20, 2015, 11:53:16 pm
I'm in favor of the first two primaries being rotating primaries. Perhaps Rhode Island and Mississippi could go first, or Utah and North Dakota.
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