Four months ago, I wondered whether there would be faithless electors in this election. And as it turned out, there were. Nine of them, in fact, of whom six were successful. That seems like a lot: according to Wikipedia, these days there are usually zero or one faithless elector. There were 8 in 1912, and 27 in 1896.… Continue reading Followup on Faithless Electors
1. Fuck. Seriously, what the fuck? I realize this is a very widely-held opinion, it today, I am not particularly contrarian. 2. Corollary: how did everyone manage to get this wrong? Polls, pundits, prognosticators all had Clinton in the lead, and comfortably so. Unless there were shenanigans, they all got it wrong in a failure… Continue reading Disorganized Post-Election Thoughts
The latest thing conservatives have got a bug up their ass about concerns something called “Spirit Cooking”. This is an art project by artist Marina Abramovic from 1996. It’s presented as pages from a cookbook, including such “recipes” as 3 glasses of water that a ruby has been soaking in for 3 days 1 pomegranate… Continue reading “Spirit Cooking”: They Got Nothin’
You may remember that during the run-in to the 2016 Republican convention, the #NeverTrump people were trying desperately to come up with some way, short of dynamite, to put out the dumpster fire that the conservative movement has been feeding lo these past three decades, and is now threatening to consume the GOP. At the… Continue reading Will There Be Faithless Electors in 2016?
You may have heard that establishment Republicans are almost as terrified at the prospect of a Trump presidency as the rest of us. And since they haven’t been able to stop him so far, they’re getting a bit desperate. So today, Speaker Paul Ryan opened his mouth and said some words: The Republican party does not… Continue reading Paul Ryan Denounces Republican Strategy