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Americans Are Shifting The Rest Of Their Identity To Match Their Politics | FiveThirtyEight
On the Democratic side, 60 percent of Hillary Clinton’s voters were non-Hispanic white people. At times, political coverage (including my own articles) overemphasizes the roles that Asians, blacks and Latinos play in the Democratic Party. But just because most nonwhite voters are Democrats, that doesn’t mean most Democrats are nonwhite. In fact, white women are the biggest racial/gender cohort in the Democratic Party, according to the Pew data.
news  identity  politics  2010s  clinton  democrats  republicans  lgbt  religion  men  women 
11 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Political Animal - Dysfunction obscures the more meaningful problem
We’re not in a broken-down car; we’re in a perfectly good car with a crazy person in the passenger seat recklessly grabbing the steering wheel at inopportune times.
politics  republicans 
august 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Really Smart Phone - WSJ.com
"We can measure their daily exposure to political opinions," said project scientist Anmol Madan at MIT's Media Lab. "Maybe one day, you would be able to download a phone app to measure how much Republican or Democratic exposure you are getting and, depending on what side you're on, give you a warning."
politics  technology  mobile  data  android  google  republicans  democrats  behavior 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Tim Rutten on Tuesday's election: Make way for gridlock - latimes.com
One of the first tests of his ability to discipline populist revolutionaries fresh from the electoral barricades will come when the new Congress is asked to raise the federal debt limit from $12.4 trillion to $14.3 trillion. No Congress has ever refused to approve such an increase and, if such a refusal were to occur, the consequences for the global financial system would be apocalyptic. Many of the new senators and House members have pledged to vote against an increase in the debt. Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity — one of the more active national tea party groups — told Politico this week that the Republicans' new House majority "cannot fold on the debt."
politics  congress  usa  senate  republicans  obama  elections 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Oldsters Vote, Youngsters Don't, Republicans Win | The New Republic
In 2008, the young were 18% of the electorate, and the old were 16% of the electorate. In 2010, the young were 10% of the electorate, and the old were 24% of the electorate.
age  politics  obama  elections  democrats  republicans  power 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Democrats Are Doomed, or How A ‘Big Tent’ Can Be Too Big « OkTrends
"[D]espite the recent hopeful spate of Democratic victories, it's undeniable that the Republicans form an exceptionally effective opposition party. Today, we're going to perform a data-driven investigation of why this might be—and discover some fascinating things about the American electorate along the way. Our data set for this post is 172,853 people. [...]"
politics  relationships  data  love  power  democrats  republicans  identity  dating 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
A plain blog about politics: Unity!
Last thing: what all this suggests is that "unity" might well be best seen in the abstract not as a potentially good strategy, but as an effect of a party that is shrinking, especially a party that is shrinking because it has become dangerously divorced from normal electoral incentives. Is that what's actually happening to the Republicans right now? I don't know! I do think, however, that it's rapidly becoming probably the biggest current question worth exploring in the empirical or theoretical study of American political parties. I am sure, however, that against that possibility, the "optics" (man I hate that word) of partisanship and bipartisanship is not at all important.
politics  democrats  republicans  elections  government  usa  identity  attention 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Tapes Reveal Nixon’s View of Abortion - NYTimes.com
“There are times when an abortion is necessary. I know that. When you have a black and a white,” he told an aide, before adding: “Or a rape.”
abortion  nixon  president  power  politics  republicans  1970s  history 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Nixon to Bush 41: Find ‘attractive’ women « - Blogs from CNN.com
"I noticed a couple of very attractive women, both of them Republicans, in the legislature," Nixon told Bush. "I want you to be sure to emphasize to our people, God, let's look for some… Understand, I don't do it because I'm for women, but I'm doing it because I think maybe a woman might win someplace where a man might not… So have you got that in mind?"

Bush replies, "I'll certainly keep it in mind."
bush  president  nixon  women  politics  power  men  republicans  southcarolina  beauty 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Who will be the new king of cussing? - Daniel Libit - POLITICO.com
“If you want to look at the psychological variables related to swearing,” says Timothy Jay, a psychology professor at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, “the people who are religious, who are sexually anxious, who are high in what is called agreeableness or conscientiousness — those are people who don’t swear. Where you get swearing are people who are more like Type-A personality, impulsive, extroverted.”

Read more: "Who will be the new king of cussing? - Daniel Libit - POLITICO.com" - http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0609/23206_Page2.html
language  power  politics  democrats  republicans  washington  obama  congress 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Ars Technica: Reinventing conservatism, one tweet at a time
[...] Conservatives don't need to figure out how to promote conservatism on Facebook; they need to figure out what it is they're promoting. To the extent that a new media strategy is part of opening up that conversation, great, but it had better not become a substitute for engaging in some of that painful introspection. [...]

[...] Perhaps this is the way to put it: Some of these tech tools are very good at mobilizing reactive, oppositional activism—against the bailout, against some liberal media outrage, against this or that Democratic (sorry, "Democrat") politician. The dangerous temptation right now, especially for a party in the minority, is to seek to recapitulate the Cold War coalition model through oppositional self-definition, when something more robust is called for. [...]
politics  republicans  gop  twitter  palin  government  activism  online  social 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Bush Data Threatens to Overload Archives - NYTimes.com
“I’m told researchers like to come and dig through my files, to see if anything interesting turns up,” Mr. Cheney said. “I want to wish them luck, but the files are pretty thin. I learned early on that if you don’t want your memos to get you in trouble some day, just don’t write any.”
cheney  data  information  politics  republicans  gop  wtf  research  history  government 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Huffington Post: Chuck Todd On McCain-Palin: No Chemistry, No Trust, Possibly No Chance
"Both of these candidates are on the verge of pulling a Bullworth," said Todd, referencing the late '90s political classic about a pol who stopped spinning. "We are at a critical juncture inside this campaign for the McCain folks and that is who is trusting who? You have got people worrying about their reputations. Now you are wondering do the candidates trust the staff? Does the staff trust the candidates? This is a dangerous time in a campaign that is behind. They desperately need some good news because you do wonder if cohesion is disappearing on the inside."
mccain  palin  elections  campaigns  media  movies  film  cinema  politics  republicans  gop 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Magazine Preview - John McCain - The Making (and Remaking and Remaking) of the Candidate - NYTimes.com
I asked him a rather basic question: “Leaving aside her actual experience, do you know how informed Governor Palin is about the issues of the day?” The senior adviser thought for a moment. Then he looked up from his beer. “No,” he said quietly. “I don’t know.”
mccain  elections  republicans  campaigns  politics  gop  palin 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Schwarzenegger Says Palin Would Be Great VP - Advertising Age - MediaWorks
"As you know, it's such a difference between when we have a normal discussion about something or when you are on the campaign trail. You sometimes end up talking like a machine."
humor  politics  california  palin  president  elections  campaigns  republicans  movies  film  cinema 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
FiveThirtyEight.com: Electoral Projections Done Right: McCain and Michigan
"It's annoying that intrade just lists the EV totals, since what we're really interested in is probabilities of each candidate winning.

I've put together a tool that takes the Intrade state-by-state prices and runs them through a Monte Carlo sim like the one used here (mine uses 100,000 runs instead of 10,000 because I'm more manly). You can see the results here:

http://xkcd.com/intrade "
elections  obama  mccain  democrats  republicans  campaigns  data  information  polls 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Moderator’s Planned Book Becomes a Topic of Debate - NYTimes.com
"She said she had yet to write the chapter she plans to devote to Mr. Obama and argued with descriptions of her book as "pro-Obama." 'Since I haven’t finished the book, it’s interesting people think they know what’s in it,' she said."
obama  books  elections  politics  democrats  president  republicans  journalism  debates  television 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Marc Fisher - For Working Moms, 'Flawed' Palin Is the Perfect Choice - washingtonpost.com
"She's just as flawed as we are. It's not the fact that she's a woman but the way she does it all. And let me tell you: There're more American parents with unwed pregnant teenaged children than American parents with Harvard grads. She's real."
republicans  palin  parenting  feminism  women  mccain  politics  election  campaigns 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Palin: average isn't good enough - Los Angeles Times
"No one wants an average neurosurgeon or even an average carpenter, but when it comes time to vest a man or woman with more power and responsibility than any person has held in human history, Americans say they want a regular guy, someone just like themselves."
palin  elections  campaigns  republicans  politics  power  usa 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Greetings from the energized GOP base - Los Angeles Times
"That family is so American. The pregnant daughter, the baby with Down syndrome, the husband who doesn't have as big a career as his wife." "The boyfriend with the embarrassing MySpace page. That's real life! Go Sarah Barracuda!"
palin  republicans  elections  campaigns  usa  politics  family  social  losangeles 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Who is the Gamer’s Candidate? | Edge Online
"Though the situation is no longer so clear-cut, Senator Obama and Senator McCain (as well as running mates Senator Joe Biden and Governor Sarah Palin) do differ in opinion on several political matters that are critical to industry health. These are the things you as a gamer should know before you cast your ballot in November."
gaming  elections  campaigns  politics  democrats  republicans  obama  mccain  clinton  biden  palin 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Why McCain can't stop saying "my friends." - By Paul Collins - Slate Magazine
"Among the wide ranks of modern presidential 'my frienders'—let us call them MF'ers for short—only Jimmy Carter and 'Silent Cal' Coolidge appear to have been determined to avoid the term. For Democrats and Republicans alike, it seems, a president who isn't a little bit of an MF'er is a once-in-a-century event."
president  language  usa  history  friendship  speech  rhetoric  democrats  republicans  mccain  politics 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Statesman.com: Conservatives playing catch-up to liberals on Web utilization
"Young Republicans and young Democrats are basically doing the same stuff. There's just a lot more (young) Democrats."
democrats  online  republicans  youth  austin  texas  activism  campaigns  elections  blogging  yasns  social  socialnetworking 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Huckabee Heckled In San Francisco - Politics on The Huffington Post
"The beauty of America is that a person can come and even make a disruption, and you know what, that person is not going to be taken out and shot."
elections  2008  sanfrancisco  california  gop  republicans  protest  activism  beauty 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Campaign Reporting in Under 140 Taps - New York Times
“If you tell people how to consume their content, they will ignore you. Let people do what they want to do and try to be in their circle of choice.”
social  socialnetworking  politics  media  writing  journalism  newspapers  democrats  republicans  elections  2008  campaigns 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Romney's Data Cruncher
"Microtargeting is trying to unravel your political DNA. The more information I have about you, the better."
politics  election  research  republicans  gop  2008 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
GOP Hard Line on Immigration Undermines Hispanic Support - The Huffington Post
"Most GOP House members have very safe, and often very conservative, districts. They face little danger of a serious Democratic challenge in the general election. Instead, the major threat to re-election is a primary challenge from the right."
immigration  gop  republicans  congress  politics  elections  2008  latinos  latino 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
blackprof.com: Books on Condie
"Condi would sooner rock a natural than pen a Tenet-style memoir. I don't ever see her so hard up for corporate/academic gigs that she'd need the money"
republicans  elections  books  politics  dc 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
All aboard the Condi Mobile! | Salon News
"She's a black woman; I think that's 90 percent of it. She's highly articulate, she seems more intelligent than the president. Part of it is just the fact that she's a path-breaker."
2008  elections  republicans  gop  polls  politics 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Bill Moyers Journal "Buying the War" Transcripts | PBS
BILL MOYERS: "What did you think-- what-- what does that say to you? That dissent is unpatriotic?" "PHIL DONAHUE: "Well, not only unpatriotic, but it's not good for business."
iraq  newspapers  television  bush  republicans  democrats  marketing  media  politics  war 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
State: Gingrich comes out against national disaster insurance
"If people build in high-risk areas, and you know it's a high-risk area, there should be some way to internalize that risk in your insurance costs. That's probably very unpopular with people who would like a free ride."
gingrich  republicans  gop  florida  louisiana  disaster  insurance  hurricane  earthquake 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Caught in the Spin Cycle: Politics & Power: vanityfair.com
"Republicans have hopelessly branded themselves with the Iraq war. It could—and the National Review conservatives seemed appropriately doleful—take a generation to escape it."
politics  republicans  2008  iraq  war 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Losing Louisiana to the GOP | Salon News
"[T]he president's approval rating among whites in Louisiana -- 57 percent -- is tied for second best in the nation with Georgia and Idaho, trailing only Mississippi's 61 percent."
race  lousiana  republicans  democrats  politics  katrina  identity  bush 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Salon.com | Is there life after Bush?
"You use power so you can make life better; it isn't life itself. Obsessing about power or politics takes your mind away from the things that really matter."
aesthetics  2008  politics  bush  identity  power  republicans  democrats  culture  art  literature  science  religion  sports  friendship  love 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Internet Archive: Details: Professor Lawrence "RW" Lessig's "The Withering of the Net"
June 2006 talk, mentioned today on Interesting People mailing list: "In the spirit of the RW Internet, we taped his performance and then mashed that up with his presentation materials."
media  internet  creativecommons  social  republicans 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: A Failed Revolution
"In the end, Republicans didn’t shrink the government. But they did degrade it. Baghdad and New Orleans are the arrival destinations of a movement based on deep contempt for governance."
iraq  war  neworleans  nyc  newspapers  republicans  gop  washington  politics 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Ross digs, hits news jackpot - USATODAY.com
"All I was thinking was 'Who's trying to pull something here? How are we going to authenticate this?' And then Foley did it for us. He resigned."
journalism  politics  republicans  gop  nonfiction 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Embittered Insiders Turn Against Bush
"The whole philosophy of using American strength for good in the world, for a foreign policy that is really value-based instead of balanced-power-based, I don't think is disproven by Iraq. But it's certainly discredited."
iraq  war  president  bush  elections  republicans  gop 
november 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Last 20th-Century Election?
“I think the American people got really tired and fatigued with the arrogance and style of this administration. Someone told me early in my career: ‘If you want to get elected, learn to speak. If you want to stay elected, learn to listen.’ ”
politics  democrats  republicans  gop  2008  elections  usa 
november 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: GOP Fliers Apparently Were Part Of Strategy
"My whole objective was to get that population of people working. ... Nobody was injured. Everybody got paid. Everybody was safe, and everybody was happy at the end of the day."
politics  black  maryland  republicans  gop  crime  senate 
november 2006 by allaboutgeorge
LADN: U.S. Jews at home in politics
"There is just such a passion for being in the game, in the process. Jewish life thrives in societies where democracies work, and that is why there is such a heavy buy-in into the American political process."
judaism  losangeles  california  religion  politics  congress  democrats  republicans  gop  usa 
november 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Black Republicans Urge New Voter Habits
"The way racism works now, it's not out in the open. We have this deep-seated predisposition. It's not really a Republican thing, it's just that white folks are predisposed to think that black folks don't have what it takes to make a good leader."
republicans  gop  elections  black  white  ethnic  race  identity  politics  usa 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Democratic Faces That Could Launch Thousands of Votes
"Perhaps not surprisingly, research has shown that voters who are easily swayed by social trends tend to favor more attractive candidates. Conversely, people who resist social trends prefer unattractive candidates."
politics  beauty  aesthetics  democrats  republicans  gop  washington  elections  voting  men  women  gender  public  social 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate: Foley walked a tightrope as gay Republican / He kept orientation quiet, but he had other, deeper secrets
"I said, how could you vote against me, my family, your own self-interest?" "I could never compare any relationship I have ever had to the nature of my mother and father's relationship."
gay  politics  rnc  republicans  power  family  washington  gop  florida 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
LAT: Gov.'s Candid Moments Caught on Audiotape
"I mean, they are all very hot. They have the, you know, part of the black blood in them and part of the Latino blood in them that together makes it."
race  ethnicity  california  politics  aesthetics  identity  republicans 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Michael Lind's "Good Old Boys"
"The enduring legacy of politicians like Thurmond, Wallace and Helms may be a distinctively Southern style of cultural politics, transplanted to national politics as a whole."
usa  politics  culture  democrats  republicans  racism 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: A Fatal Incuriosity
"It took a virtual intervention of his top aides to make W. watch the news about the worst natural disaster in a century. Dan Bartlett made a DVD of newscasts on the hurricane to show the president on Friday morning as he flew down to the Gulf Coast."
bush  katrina  usa  hurricane  politics  republicans 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: The Democrats' Class Struggle
"The study concluded that the 'economic tipping point -- the income level above which white voters were more likely to vote Republican than Democrat -- was $23,700.'"
poverty  white  republicans  democrats  money  jobs  usa 
may 2005 by allaboutgeorge
IHT: The Republicans: Distracted by religion
"As a senator, I worried every day about the size of the federal deficit. I did not spend a single minute worrying about the effect of gays on the institution of marriage. Today it seems to be the other way around."
republicans  gop  usa  terrischiavo  religion 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYMag: Changing the Grand Ole Party into the Grand Rove Party
“Without Social Security, this other stuff would’ve been the front line of battle. Instead, Democrats are holding us up on Social Security, while we get everything else we want done.”
republicans  gop  democrats  usa  socialsecurity  terrischiavo 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Geo-Greening by Example
"How will they possibly explain why President George W. Bush decided to ignore the energy crisis staring us in the face and chose instead to spend all his electoral capital on a futile effort to undo the New Deal, by partially privatizing Social Security?
bush  politics  oil  green  gop  republicans 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge
City Pages: The Undoing of America
"What is the Republican Party? Well, it used to be the party of the small-town businessman, generally in the Middle West, generally sort of out of the mainstream. Very conservative. It now represents nothing but the gas and oil business. They own it."
bush  politics  oil  green  gop  republicans 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Bush Faces New Skepticism From Republicans on Hill
"It's the 'no interest like self-interest' rule, and it's every man for himself. He's discovering the fine line between having a mandate and being a lame duck."
bush  politics  2008  republicans 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate: King County reports recount results: Gregoire by 10
"You're looking at it from the point of view of the winner or the loser -- shouldn't we be looking at it from the point of view of the voter?" What a concept ...
democrats  elections  politics  republicans  washingtonstate 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge
NYObserver: Right-Wingers Take First Bite Out of Rudy
"People are talking about doing a third-party split if something like [Mr. Giuliani’s nomination] were to happen. And then we'd have a President from New York, but it would be Hillary Rodham Clinton."
elections  nyc  politics  republicans 
november 2004 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Not to Worry -- The End Is Very Near
Pre-election anxiety disorder? "What civility is, is respect for individuals. It's listening. It is dialogue. And then you may get to higher ground."
bush  democrats  elections  kerry  politics  republicans  stress 
october 2004 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Live From N.Y.: A Republican!
"Disagreeing is more challenging than agreeing. When I make headway -- however slight -- with someone starts out dead set against the way I think, I feel I'm fulfilling the -- yes -- liberal ideal of 'making a difference.'"
democrats  elections  republicans 
october 2004 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Red State, Blue State
"It's just that they seem, from my blue perspective, to have placed the faith that only God deserves in a man and in a party."
democrats  elections  republicans 
october 2004 by allaboutgeorge
LAT: Democrat Not Flaunting Party Clothes
"I think you do have to, at some point, to use an old Southern phrase, 'fess up' to what you are. I do think there's a need to go ahead and send the call out — sort of, 'Calling all Democrats.'"
democrats  elections  republicans 
october 2004 by allaboutgeorge
CSM: He feels Democratic but votes Republican
"Your mother didn't raise you to be a jerk who sucks up to power and treats the help like dirt. Go ahead and prosper, but mind your manners. And don't pick on the vulnerable."
democrats  elections  politics  republicans 
october 2004 by allaboutgeorge
Crooked Timber: Emile Durkheim on Zell Miller
"Thus the real New York of September 2004 provides the raw emotional energy used inside the convention hall to sanctify an image of the New York of September 2001."
bush  elections  politics  republicans 
september 2004 by allaboutgeorge
CSM: A search for GOP's heirs apparent
"The irony is the Republican Party is the big-tent party now. [...] The Democratic Party has pretty successfully purged itself of any thinking that's independent of the party platform."
democrats  elections  politics  republicans 
september 2004 by allaboutgeorge
Slate: Where Have All the Real Men Gone? Caring about the big issues is just so faggy at the RNC.
"So where does that leave the rest of us: the girly men, the girly girls, the manly girls, and those who elude or refuse any such characterization at all?"
elections  gender  politics  republicans  democrats 
september 2004 by allaboutgeorge
New Yorker: "Swing Time"
"But these lives, these voices—I really like them. It almost makes you want to be a Republican."
bush  democrats  kerry  moveon  republicans 
august 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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