Third Party & Independents

Bernie and the Big Dem Tent

Posted by AllardK on February 4, 2016 at 3:14 PM

Yes Bernie Sanders will almost certainly win New Hampshire. But what about Nevada and especially South Carolina, with their Black and Latino voters presenting a far different environment for the Vermont Socialist? In other words, how can Bernie convince the non-white vote that he would be a better choice than Hillary?

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Trump Needs to Get His Supporters to Put Their Winter Boots on.

Posted by AllardK on February 3, 2016 at 7:13 AM

With apps courtesy of Microsoft running smoothly (unlike ORCA) and polling numbers parsing caucus voters practically down to hair color and favorite sports teams, it's easy to get caught up in the tech-heavy post-game analysis of the surprising results in Iowa. Especially how wrong the polls were about both Trump and Rubio (who gained 8% more votes than the Des Moines Register poll predicted - exactly as Nate Sliver suggested could happen).

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After Iowa, How Long Will the Elites Wait?

Posted by AllardK on February 1, 2016 at 5:40 PM

Remember Tom Harkin? Iowa certainly knows and cares for their now-retired, long-serving Senator. And all that affection spilled over wonderfully in the Iowa Presidential Caucus back in 1992, with the senator garnishing just over three quarters of the vote. By March 8, his rumored withdrawal was being confirmed and so he did. By then Clinton had over 3 times the delegates and was the front runner.

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O'Riley Couldn't Do It For FOX

Posted by Roy Ellis on January 28, 2016 at 3:07 PM


Interesting to see the difference between a pol with his own money and a pol who has to 'dial for dollars' 3/4's of their time.

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Texas Holdem in the Frozen Corn Fields of Iowa

Posted by AllardK on January 26, 2016 at 7:28 PM

This is getting fun. Ted really aimed at one of Trump's biggest assets - his proudly cherished ability to make a deal. Like two B-rate actors in a straight-to-video action flick, they're busting each other up in the frozen corn fields of Iowa. And Ted Cruz is now using Trump's deal-making as a club to try and beat the billionaire with.

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Is It the Establishment Lane or the Establishment Bus?

Posted by AllardK on January 21, 2016 at 6:17 PM

The GOP Establishment Lane is an interesting metaphor. It seems to imply special rules of transit for certain candidates who have the endorsements and funding from powerful Republican groups. Groups whose political power at least, is recently coming under a certain amount of doubt.

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Sanders, Clinton and the Single-Payer Debate

Posted by AllardK on January 19, 2016 at 9:56 PM

While Hillary and Bernie in the Dems debate tried to push each other off the healthcare pedastal and raise their respective banners with shirt sleeves rolled up like a socialist realism sculpture, the fact is there is no utopia when it comes to health care. Only uncomfortable choices: economically and politically

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Post Debate Trump Likely To Go Up 10 Points

Posted by Roy Ellis on January 14, 2016 at 11:31 PM

As I see it the debate centered around Trump, Cruz and Rubio with Kasich and Carson scoring a few points.

Interesting to see Rubio and Cruz slug it out as to who is the most anti-immigrant. Diversity in politics can be stranger than fiction.

As usual, during the silly season there were those that recommended a flat tax or similar.

Listen up pilgrim, it will be a cold day in hell when the corpocracy gives up their microdial on the peoples money. Ain't never, never, ever going to happen - - - short of a new 3rd party w/a/dif/pol/att - - -


A fairly good exchange, primarily because of the flavor, demeanor brought to the debates by Trump.

Trump has forced the GOP to change the face shown to the public during silley season. Not a small contribution, IMO.

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Heavy Water in Flint

Posted by Roy Ellis on January 13, 2016 at 6:48 PM

People in Flint, Michigan have been getting sick from lead poisoning from water they have been drinking for about a year.

If it is determined that elected officials knew of contaminated water they should be removed from office through impeachment or the next election cycle.

A Mi. US senator was blustering this morning that he wanted accountability for those involved. Can anyone imagine how this US senator wouldn't know of the water quality? A federal agency had published a report declaring that the water contained unsafe lead levels.

Run, Trump, Run = = =

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Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party's Ship of State

Posted by AllardK on January 11, 2016 at 9:15 PM

What if Bernie Sanders wins in New Hampshire? Despite a Clinton win in Iowa, which looks like a reasonable prediction at this point, could Sanders upset Clinton's growing sense of inevitability?

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A Couple of Questions for the GOP in 2016

Posted by AllardK on January 7, 2016 at 6:55 PM

The problem isn't Trump. In terms of the GOP, that is. And especially in terms of voters who describe themselves as Republicans. That's the thing that seems to be distracting the party's establishment. They can't believe that Donald Trump is still leading the polls (or near the top) now in early January, just weeks from Iowa and New Hampshire. And some are still certain that Trump will not - cannot, shall not - be the party's nominee for President of the United States of America.

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Ship Of State Listing - Ship Of Fools, As Trump Would Say

Posted by Roy Ellis on January 3, 2016 at 8:39 PM

Harold Meyerson wrote his last oped for the WP at the end of Dec. His article takes a swing at inequality as he touts, "the evisceration of the American middle class at the hands of the American rich." As a 3rd party wannabe his article hit home with me.

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Trey Says Rubio Is Rock Solid

Posted by AllardK on December 30, 2015 at 7:03 PM

Rubio is a rock-solid conservative, according to Trey Gowdy. Trey Gowdy's handling of the Benghazi hearings was a disaster, according to Trump. Because it allowed Hillary to "get away with murder", Trump was careful to add, of course. Not because the idea of holding the former Secretary of State accountable for her and for State's actions - or lack of - in relation to the attack in Benghazi is a bad thing.

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Semantics and Genocide in Syria

Posted by AllardK on December 28, 2015 at 5:48 PM

Everything is semantics isn't it? When we ask that the Obama administration "label" ISIL's deliberate and tragically successful attempts to wipe out Christianity in Iraq and Syria as genocide, we are saying what we need is a little linguistic marker slapped on the problem. Please put the label on all these corpses and then we'll really know those guys are bad.

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Ted and Marco Fight-Fight Win-Win

Posted by AllardK on December 16, 2015 at 9:20 PM

The only people who really laid into Trump in Vegas were Fiorina and Rand Paul. Fiorina tried to stoke the fire in her engine room by trying to interrupt her way into the debate but Wolf wasn't buying it. And her attempt to be softer and a touch pleasant - when she's really made of steel and is a laser-focused flamethrower - was even more of a failure last night. Is she tired of not getting the results she feels her previous debate performances should have merited?

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