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Jul 24 Always east coaster commented on Dan Savage on Jill Stein: Just No..
There is no way to have a viable third party in the context of our election structure. District based, first place wins, means that whenever there's a three-way race there is a good chance the least-preferred candidate will sneak a plurality and win. Most people will realize this and ultimately move away from their first choice if that person has no chance to win. Two parties is the only stable equilibrium. If you want a multiparty system you have to have either party-list elections or runoffs. There is no way around this. There just isn't.

If the Green Party had any sense, they would stay away from the presidency and focus solely on challenging Democrats in areas where Republicans can't break a third of the vote even in a good year. Then they'd have a chance of getting a foothold and actually achieving something instead of just yelling into the wind and dividing the left for nothing. Thanks so much for saying all this, Dan.
Jul 15 Always east coaster commented on Oh Cool, Donald Trump's Running Mate Is the Original "Defund Planned Parenthood!" Guy.
Trump picked Pence because he was the only conventional Republican politician willing to take the job. His campaign has cranked the outsider schtick so high it's become his biggest liability, and he desperately needs an infusion of conventional respectability to make himself less toxic. But precisely because Trump is so toxic, few Republicans want to take the risk of getting on his boat.

Hence Pence. People in Indiana are sick of Pence and his career is basically over, so being Trump's running mate makes perfect sense for him: he's got nothing to lose, has a small chance of being VP or even President if the stars align, and even in the very likely event that Trump loses, Pence can milk the media spotlight while it lasts to build a fan base whom he can sell books to later.
Jun 18 Always east coaster commented on Congress is Still Doing as Little as They Can on Gun Violence.
Japan outlaws guns almost entirely with very few exceptions, and to qualify for one of those exceptions you have to go through a zillion hoops and hassles which include taking classes and affirmatively proving your mental fitness. Unlawful possession of firearms is punished very harshly, and even those who do own guns lawfully are only allowed to fire their gun for the purpose they were allowed to have it in the first place. The results are a blanket refutation of every pro-gun claim ever made: less than two dozen people a year get shot in Japan, crime rates overall are super low, and even the organized crime groups don't use guns, because the legal risk is too great for it to be worth it. But because our founding fathers were dumb enough to make weapon ownership a constitutional right, the NRA is dumb enough to be absolutist about it, and the Republicans are dumb enough to go along with the NRA, in America we don't get to enjoy the protection of laws anywhere near that good.
Jun 18 Always east coaster commented on Congress is Still Doing as Little as They Can on Gun Violence.
When are Republicans going to do something about the fact that some people who would never get into an accident are unable to get a car because of onerous licensing requirements? Or the fact that lots of people who are not threats can't buy a plane ticket because big government put them on a terror watch list? Freedom of movement is a fundamental human right, after all.
Jun 5 Always east coaster commented on Muhammad Ali and the Death of the Age of Giants.
@13

Ain't that the truth.

Even in the Iliad, there's a reference to women doing laundry...
May 29 Always east coaster commented on Is Elizabeth Warren too Good for the White House?.
I would have voted for Warren if she'd run. I couldn't vote for Bernie, not with all his nonsense talk about political revolution and his numbers that didn't add up, but I still have serious concerns about Hillary, mainly her hawkish tendencies. I wish we'd had more options this year. Or better yet, repeal the 22nd amendment and nominate Obama for a third term.
Apr 2 Always east coaster commented on Bernie or Hillary or Both.
I'm tired of hearing all this "lesser of two evils" nonsense. A Democratic president isn't a lesser evil, but a POSITIVE GOOD. A Democratic president means progress for our goals. Never as much as we would like, because people who disagree with us exist and have as much right to the political process as we do, so there always have to be compromises, but with a Democrat in the White House we get stuff we want. With a Republican we get at best nothing, and at worst we lose things we value. People need to grow up and give up the fantasy of a perfect president who makes everything perfect. Nothing run by people is ever going to be perfect. Appreciate what you do get instead of denigrating it as a "lesser evil" just because it's not everything you dreamed of.
Mar 20 Always east coaster commented on Bernie or Hillary: The SECB Meets at 3 PM Today.
@244 - Polls say you're wrong. Trump's overall favorability ratings are dismal. He's winning the primary with a plurality amplified by winner-take-all delegate allocation, not an actual majority, and in a general election where racists and people who value belligerence over intellect have less voice, he'll be slaughtered like a pig. Most people will in fact vote for a 'fake' career politician over a 'real' racist demagogue.
Mar 20 Always east coaster commented on Bernie or Hillary: The SECB Meets at 3 PM Today.
And another thing: if Bernie is the nominee and Trump wins on the Republican side, Bloomberg or someone else may well launch a third-party candidacy to appeal to the center. This kind of three-way is the only plausible scenario where Trump could actually win. Nominating Hillary would be worth it just to avoid that possibility.
Mar 20 Always east coaster commented on Bernie or Hillary: The SECB Meets at 3 PM Today.
I'm for Hillary. Bernie's numbers don't add up and the last thing the Democratic party needs is to be taken over by the kind of magic-asterisk laden, evidence-ignoring, intellectual garbage plans that have already come to define what passes for Republican policy analysis. Pretty much every accusation of wrongdoing against Hillary that's ever been leveled has turned out to be either massively exaggerated or outright false. Hillary may not "come across" as honest, but Obama is correct: affect doesn't matter. If you look at what she actually says, you'll find that she is actually remarkably honest when it comes to policy issues, which is the stuff that actually does matter. She is the one who actually understands the sausage machine and has an actual idea of what's achievable and how to get it.

I am sick and tired of listening to "outsiders" promising to upend Washington. Washington eats idiots like that for breakfast. That theory of change has never, EVER worked. Enough already. Give me an insider who knows what the fuck they're doing!