There’s a reason the banner for this blog includes Abraham Lincoln, as well as Spider-Man. Many of the posts have been on political issues, starting with one on why concerns about voter fraud are overrated, based on my experiences as a poll-watcher.
Several pieces have been about the 2012 Republican primary. I wrote about Newt Gingrich’s problems with younger voters, and compared him unfavorably to Henry Kissinger. I pondered the appeal of Herman Cain, and the hole in Rick Perry’s resume which left the Governor of the second-most populated state in the Union unprepared for a presidential campaign. I noted the major flaw in comparisons of Mitt Romney to John Kerry (or Mike Dukakis.) I tried to figure out a way to explain Romney VS Gingrich to Democrats, and looked at some of the worst presidential primary fields in American political history.
I also considered whether it was possible for anyone to make a late entry into the Republican presidential race. And I looked at the political futures of two figures who probably didn’t do well in 2011: John Huntsman (who still has a shot at national office under the right circumstances) and Sarah Palin, whose best shot at relevance will be to challenge a sitting Republican President in a primary.
I pondered the five people most likely to become the Republican vice-presidential nominee, taking a fresher look a few months later and made a list of people who almost certainly won’t get that nomination. I looked at the 2012 veepstakes long-list split into two categories: Sitting Senators and Governors, and the other guys, before considering whether it really is disastrous to be a losing Vice-Presidential contender. I also considered who would be the next in line in 2016, in the event Mitt Romney lost the General Election, and whether Hillary Clinton might be similar to John McCain in that cycle.
I pondered why former Maine Governor Angus King isn’t Obama’s Vice-President, and why it was probably in Romney’s best interest to support decriminalizing marijuana. I also wrote about Bob Turner’s bid for Senate, as well as the problems with comparing Rush Limbaugh to Bill Maher. And I looked at how several tea party philosophies ultimately benefit political hacks.
I thought the complications with increased focus on fact-checking, and noted that Republicans seem to agree with feminist academics on that issue. And I explained why I have no problem whatsoever with the one percent being over-represented in American politics. I analyzed the backgrounds of the Senators based on their prior experience.
I also came up with crackpot ideas for how to determine which states should go first in the presidential primary, and why “Fuck Jefferson Davis” should be the West Virginia’s state motto.