11 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-24-17

  1. More bad news for Dems, but it’s not surprising.


    “You might not be surprised if I were to tell you that a majority of Americans think that President Trump is out of touch with the concerns of most people in the United States today. Sure, he won the election, but a plurality of voters opposed him, and a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that he hasn’t expanded his base of support significantly since then. You certainly wouldn’t be surprised to learn that there’s a broad partisan split on the question, as there is on nearly everything in politics these days.

    Only 1 in 10 of those who voted for Trump in November think he’s out of touch — but 90 percent of Hillary Clinton voters do. Partisan views are slightly more moderate, with 20 percent of Republicans and 87 percent of Democrats holding that position.

    When it comes to the Republican Party, the numbers are a bit worse. Sixty-two percent of Americans, and 30 percent of Republicans themselves, think that the GOP is out of touch with the concerns of most people in the United States.

    But none of this means that Democrats are seen as echoing the concerns of the common man. In fact, the Democratic Party is viewed as more out of touch than either Trump or the party’s political opponents. Two-thirds of Americans think the Democrats are out of touch — including nearly half of Democrats themselves.”

    So what’s a party to do?

    Here’s a hint, stop alienating voters by taking the extremist position all the time.


    “We went through a lengthy period where the former chair of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, provided nearly endless amusement with her frequently unhinged antics. It made for some great television and she provided a convenient foil for Republicans who wanted to demonstrate the unserious nature of some Democratic positions. After the brief, but embarrassing tenure of disgraced interim chair Donna Brazile, I’m sure that the Democrats were hoping for some significantly more “stable” leadership under Tom Perez. That really doesn’t seem to be working out, though. In the latest of his many odd statements, the new boss let all of his soldiers in the field know that if you don’t support abortion on demand then you shouldn’t expect any backing from the national party. (Huffington Post)

    Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez became the first head of the party to demand ideological purity on abortion rights, promising Friday to support only Democratic candidates who back a woman’s right to choose.

    “Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health,” Perez said in a statement. “That is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state.”

    “At a time when women’s rights are under assault from the White House, the Republican Congress, and in states across the country,” he added, “we must speak up for this principle as loudly as ever and with one voice.”

    There’s no mystery as to what’s going on here. Perez landed in hot water with the liberal base during the party’s “unity tour” when he lent his support to a pro-life Democrat running for mayor in Omaha. This new position he’s taking is absolutely a 180 degree about-face from what he was saying only a few days earlier. Strangely enough, when he initially endorsed Heath Mello (the aforementioned candidate) he was making a lot of sense. He came out and said that the job of the DNC was to “help Democrats who have garnered support from voters in their community cross the finish line and win.””


  2. This tidbit from Shattered

    “If the behavior of the Bernie contingent was one big tension point as the convention opened, the other was how Hillary would perform when she became the first woman to deliver a speech accepting the nomination of a major American political party. In addition to her own propensity for turning great prose into bland rhetoric.”

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  3. This praises a trend toward more people staying single, with some weird examples of how it can be a good thing (like single people going out to eat more often): http://www.realclearscience.com/articles/2017/04/24/more_people_than_ever_are_single_and_thats_a_good_thing_110258.html

    How’s this for postmodern: “Single parents are also innovating. Single mothers, for example, can go to CoAbode to try to find other single mothers with whom they can share a home and a life. Other single people might want to raise children with the full support of another parent. Now they can look for a partner in parenting – with no expectations for romance or marriage – at websites such as Family by Design and Modamily.”

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  4. For the first time, OC turned Dem in registration in the past year. My college boyfriend had waited for years for that to happen — but told me it didn’t really matter, considering how the 2017 presidential election turned out. He’s a steadfast Democrat (moderate) and I did feel kind of bad for him. But hey, he had 8 years of Obama, whom he loved.

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