Tag Archive | US Politics

The Parallel Republican Primary

kasich_rubio_bush_christie_gn

After several months of preamble, the nominating process to find the next president of the United States officially started this week with Monday’s Iowa caucuses. The theme on both sides of the political divide was of outsiders breaking down barriers. Hillary Clinton became the first woman ever to win in Iowa, while Ted Cruz went one better, becoming the first Latino to win a presidential primary or caucus in any state.

With the New Hampshire primary two days away, it seems this theme will continue, with real estate mogul Donald Trump and democratic socialist Bernie Sanders the unlikely frontrunners in their respective primaries. While the arrival of the outsiders will likely dominate the headlines of Wednesday’s newspapers however, of perhaps more importance to the race is the ‘parallel primary’ taking place within the Republican field: a four-way battle for the support of the establishment.

Read More…

Hope and Change Revisited

Screen Shot 2016-01-13 at 12.50.58

It has now been eight years since Barack Obama won the first Democratic primary in the 2008 election campaign, opening his victory speech that night in Iowa with reference to those who ‘said this day would never come’:

They said our sights were set too high. They said this country was too divided, too disillusioned to ever come together around a common purpose. But on this January night, at this defining moment in history, you have done what the cynics said we couldn’t do.

Read More…

2014 Midterm Preview Part Three: The Governors

govs

With the midterm elections tomorrow, this third and final preview post concerns the 36 gubernatorial races taking place across the country.

Read More…

2014 Midterm Preview Part Two: The House of Representatives

House-of-Representatives

I tend not to make predictions on this blog, but when it comes to the House of Representatives in the 2014 elections, the word ‘prediction’ doesn’t really apply. The Republican Party simply will retain control of the chamber.

Read More…

2014 Midterm Preview Part One: The Senate

161595757

It is now one month before Americans go to the polls to vote in the final midterm elections of Barack Obama’s presidency. This first preview post will focus on what looks to be the most important and interesting battleground of this election season: the Senate.

Read More…

Shutdown

The-House-and-Senate-could-not-come-to-a-deal-to-fund-federal-agencies-ahead-of-the-deadline-of-12-a.m.-oct-1e-ffectively-beginning-a-shutdown-of-the-US-government.-e1380600538476

As a foreign observer of American politics, every now and then something will arise that is so alien as to be bordering on incomprehensible. The current Republican-led shutdown of the US government is perhaps the strongest example of this in recent memory.

Read More…

Whistleblowers and Traitors

floor

The United States has long been divided by a fundamental difference of opinion. This is a conflict between those who evaluate ‘American’ or ‘anti-American’ acts based on how they affect American interests, and those who evaluate them on how they reflect American values, as set out in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Read More…

Welcome To The New America

9f2a92f1-64ea-4201-886d-d46d637bb08c-620

On the face of it, not much changed last night. After a campaign in which an estimated $2 billion was spent, the White House, Senate and House of Representatives are all in the same hands as they were when polls opened. But in a greater sense, last night signalled a significant shift in the United States; an important election, possibly even on par with Barack Obama’s monumental victory in 2008.

Read More…

Election Day Explained

Picture 15

With the election today, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of analysis, statistics and predictions coming from all sides. Spend any amount of time on Twitter, Facebook or a news site and you will hear everything ranging from an Obama landslide to a comfortable Romney win, by way of an electoral college tie. Even the most informed observers of the election appear to put forward wildly different opinions on how today will go, as pollsters contradict each other’s numbers, pundits’ predictions clash and campaigns accuse polling data of being ideological and ‘skewed’. Hopefully this post will go some way towards clearing up some confusion and give non-Americans in particular a better idea of what to expect over the next twenty-four hours.

Read More…

Why Biden v. Ryan Was So Different From Obama v. Romney

8078825656_ecbfd1da4c_o-460

Watching the vice presidential debate on Thursday night, the informed viewer could not help but be struck with certain impressions about the evening and its differences from its presidential equivalent last week. While last week’s clash saw the Republican challenger take the game to the Democratic incumbent, forcing him into a passive corner, Thursday saw the opposite, with Joe Biden harrying Paul Ryan, challenging his assertions and refusing to allow what he saw as misrepresentations of either side’s policies. It was, as the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald wrote, ‘a pure reversal of the first presidential debate, but on steroids‘.

Read More…