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07/16/2017

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Brent J. Nordquist

...or Evan McMullin. There were plenty of can't-get-elected "protest" options available this time.

Please, can we have Ranked Choice Voting now? We're using it in Mpls. and St. Paul for mayoral elections.

Mark Jackson

Dammit, Mike, stop blaming Nate Silver. His analysis running up to and including the day of the election was very clear that Trump had around a 30% chance of winning. Anyone who followed his numbers should have been very nervous - I certainly was. (Feel free to blame almost any other analyst - although IMO most of the damage to the expectations of the Democratic electorate is down to the clueless pundits rather than the math folks.)

gezorkin

Trump didn't have to mastermind anything. But the guy who ran the KGB was certainly capable of masterminding.

All Trump had to do was follow a few instructions and stay out of the way. Trump, Jr. and SIL already had connections -- add Manafort and Flynn and an unknown number of Peter Smiths and you've got yer basic outline.

Add in a little careless unguarded voter info in key districts.

'Course we can't interview Peter Smith any more, can we?

Mike

Oh, I don't blame him for being inaccurate. I blame him for existing.

Granted, he made ironic voting look more risky than the others, but why do we have to play "horse race" coverage at all?

Best reason of all: Because we've always done it that way.

Christine

I remember when Mike Dukakis was running for his second term as Gov of Massachusetts. There were Dems who wanted to "send a message" and have him only win the primary by a little bit, so he'd be more humble or something. So they voted for his competition and by golly, Dukakis lost. The next day, there was a lot of "Hey, we didn't mean for that to happen, only *some* of us were supposed to vote for King -- didn't you vote for Mike??" That kind of voting usually doesn't pan out the way you mean it to...

Hildigunnur Rúnarsdóttir

Brexit is an even worse case of people voting for something (not someone in that case) that they never thought would win. Just to show'em! :/

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