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Aug 15 Kevin_BGFH commented on What Do You Know: Millennial Voters Flocking to Clinton.
@43 - It's also because we have a plurality system that allows the winner to be the person who gets the most votes rather than a majority. Some places require run-offs for races that get less than 50% but in most Congressional and Senate races you just have to come in first. I actually like Jill Stein's ranked choice voting plan, which we have for local races in SF. But it would not work unless it happened everywhere, and that can't happen without a Constitutional Amendment which the two parties won't less happen, of course.
Jul 29 Kevin_BGFH commented on SL Letter of the Day: Unicorn Hunters.
@2 - Oh God, I never even read it as Fun Gal. All I could think of was that she picked an icky acronym to emphasize she wasn't going down on the other woman or something.
Jul 28 Kevin_BGFH commented on A Conversation With a #BernieOrBuster About Dinner.
@77 - As a Clinton supporter, I also got annoyed with the media when they started lumping in super delegates with pledged delegates. I sensed immediately that it would just fuel resentment and if Clinton took the lead in pledged delegates (as she did the ole race except for right after New Hampshire), people would either be confused and say she only had the lead by adding it super delegates, or that voters were only voting for her because of the bandwagon effect thinking she was already winning. A lot of people claim the media was in the tank for Clinton but I don't think that's the case -- they're more interested in a horse race than a run-away victory, which this alleged collusion was supposedly conspiring to do. But yeah, while the issue of the very existence of super delegates is more complex than people realize (and I can go on for paragraphs on how minority representation and improved because of them, which is a big part of by the Congresional Black Caucus opposes eliminating them), the way they were reported this cycle wasn't helpful to Sanders OR Clinton.
Jul 28 Kevin_BGFH commented on A Conversation With a #BernieOrBuster About Dinner.
@7 - Yes, I remember telling my Dad I supported John Anderson because Carter was incompetent and Reagan wanted to blow up the world. Of course, I was a birt of a drama queen. I was also 12 and didn't have electricity, tv, or newspaper, so the fact that I even knew John Anderson was in the ballot was in hindsight a bit remarkable.

@3 - I think you're right. For the Sanders supporters who aren't ready yet, I think a little time to decompress may be in order. Some deep breathing, fresh air, smell the flowers, and then come back for th debates. Then decide between Clunton and Stein.
Jul 26 Kevin_BGFH commented on Bernie Sanders: "Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States!".
@15 - Why weren't the RNC's servers and emails hacked?

Because the Russians chose not to.

Because the hackers have now been traced not only to Russia, but specifically to an arm of the Russian government. Vladimir Putin has a personal vendetta against Hillary Clinton after she expressed concerns over the integrity of the last elections in Russia. Meanwhile, he and Trump have lavished praise upon one another, Trump owes at least $300 million to Russian oligarchs (which is why noted conservative columnist George Will believes he won't release his taxes), Trump's top campaign adviser Paul Manafort has been a political consultant for pro-Russian Ukranian politicians for more than a decade, and the ONLY battle over the GOP platform that the Trump camp fought -- the ONLY ONE -- was to gut the platform's original anti-Russia stance on Ukraine. The ONLY battle over the platform was to back Vladimir Putin.

That's why the RNC's servers weren't hacked and the DNC's were, and why the DNC files were posted on Wikileaks (which have long been weaponized by the Russian government with the knowledge and consent of Putin-sympathizer Julian Assange, who is being guarded by Russian FSB guards in the Ecuadoran embassy in London) at a time when they were hoped to do maximum harm.
Jul 26 Kevin_BGFH commented on Required Reading: Republican Intellectual (Cough, Cough) Predicts Death of GOP.
@1 and @2 - If the GOP were to utterly collapse and die out, they would be replaced just as the Whigs were replaced in the mid-1800s. Just as Duverger's Law suggests that our plurality, first-past-the-post system prevents third party candidates from achieving success outside of multi-option races (like some city council and school board races where the top five winners get elected), it also will create a vaccuum if the opposition party completely collapses, it will be reformed.

Let's hope if it does the anti-science elements are jettisoned and it becomes more like the GOP of Eisenhower's era, a party that had genuine differences with the Democrats but could hold rationale debates on matters of public policy.

My personal preference would be to replace our first-past-the-post voting with Instant Runoff Voting (IRV, also known as Ranked Choice Voting), which we have for local elections in San Francisco. That actually would allow for the genuine viability of third party candidates because people could put Jill Stein first on their ballots and Hillary Clinton second, should Stein not achieve enough votes. But because elections are handled by the states, it couldn't be imposed by Congress without a Constitutional Amendment.
Jul 22 Kevin_BGFH commented on How Green Is Her Bullshit: An Uncharacteristically Brief Response to the Green Party Spokesperson's Dishonest Response to My Podcast Rant.
By the way, we have ranked choice voting for local single-office elections in San Feancisco (single offices as in Board of Supervisors, which are by district, but not School Board which are top ___ get elected). I supported it, I love it, I wish we had it for all state and federal offices. It would really change the two-party system we have, in my opinion. Third party candidates would have a real shot and at the very least, people could cast a protest vote for their passionate choice and still have their vote roll over to a second choice. But after over ten years of elections with it, I am amazed how many people are still confused, still explain it wrong, still think their vote counts more if they only vote once instead of two or three times (e.g., not ranking second or third choices), still wonder why the person who "lost" ended up winning, and so on. I try to use the term Instant Run-Off Voting, hoping that conveys what's going on better, but it doesn't seem to. Maybe the public education campaign around it could have been better, I guess. The way elections are handled at the state level, though, we probably couldn't implement this for presidential elections without a Constitutional Amendment and neither the Republicans nor the Democrats have a vested interest in that.
Jul 22 Kevin_BGFH commented on How Green Is Her Bullshit: An Uncharacteristically Brief Response to the Green Party Spokesperson's Dishonest Response to My Podcast Rant.
For a scientific explanation of why the United States' system pretty much locks us into a two-party system, you can read up on Duverger's Law here:…

Locally, Greens have worked well in at-large elected bodies where it isn't a first-past-the-post system (like some city councils, school boards, etc.), where coalition politics can work better. But nationally, I think within our current system, it would make more sense to operate within one of the existing two parties, like the Progressive Caucus operates within the Democratic Party and the Tea Party operates within the Republican Party rather than trying to create a separate party.
Jul 20 Kevin_BGFH commented on Savage Love.
So.... Did Dan change all the aliases to Peter? Did he sift through letters to specifically choose ones that picked Peter as aliases? Or was that a coincidence?