Monday, July 30, 2012

At 100 days to go, Obama by a nose?

A prediction of the Electoral College map, July 28, 2012.
All the talk about a hypothetical Electoral College tie over the weekend led me to mess around with the map the other day while drinking my morning coffee. Here's where I predict the presidential election will go, as of this weekend: Obama by 5 Electoral College votes. 
Call this the Gary Johnson effect. 
Johnson's ballot access will shave off enough votes from Romney in New Hampshire and New Mexico to hand the election to Obama. However, the drawback of assuming that statement is that Johnson's current polling shows he is drawing from both sides of the fence (folks like me, for example, who would be more likely to vote for a true populist Democrat like a 1990s Jerry Brown or a 1980s Fritz Hollings who won't go near Obama or Romney so ...). Not unlike the false presumptions about Ralph Nader in 2000, Johnson's supporters are all over the map politically. 
The other piece to the puzzle is that we don't know who Romney's running mate is and that could influence voters in one of the states. A Kelly Ayotte on the ticket pulls NH away from Obama as would Johnson not making the ballot here (unlikely). It would also draw some women away from Obama. Someone like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on the ticket - very unlikely but who knows - throws that state into the Romney tally and that would ensure a victory for Mitt. 
We also don't know where the Green Party's Jill Stein factors into the scheme of things. She has matching funds - meaning she'll have advertising, not unlike Nader. She could shave off enough votes for Obama in a place like Massachusetts to throw those EC votes to Romney (he is still popular with indies there, despite what the Globe says). 
You too can have fun with the map here:

Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Argus Champion reborn

I happened to be in the Lake Sunapee region on July 28, and while getting some sandwiches, saw a copy of the July 27, edition of the Argus Champion sitting on a news rack in a store.
Previous readers of Politizine will note that I wrote about the newspaper closing back in 2008, and even nosed around to see if it could be saved at the time, to no avail. The owner preferred to close the newspaper than save it.
There was a lot of fuss about the newspaper closing - which at the time, was the oldest, active newspaper in the state, dating back 185 years.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Ralph Nader's summer reading recommendations

Or, in other words, jolting the mind for action ...

1. Corporations Are Not People by Jeffrey D. Clements, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, San Francisco, 2012. This book is for corporate accountability and the grossly uneven relationships between corporate personhood and real people. Clear, historically founded, compellingly invigorating and connected to a growing movement (see