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Opinion: (Everyone Should) Focus on 2014, not 2016

23 Jan

I have usually thought of Congress as the most powerful branch, but most agree that title belongs to the Executive.  (Also, the Legislative Branch is explained in Article I while the Executive is in Article II.)  I always liked the fact that the aggregation, combination, and/or chaos of the House and the Senate is a good indicator of where the American people, for better or worse.  Unfortunately, our electoral system usually biases/skews that representation due to redistricting, state size, or other factors.  As it stands now, the Republican wave within the state houses and the governors’ mansions allowed them to unilaterally create districts to maximize the amount of Republicans for the upcoming decade, all else equal.  (Look at USC’s Annenberg Center’s ReDistricting Game to get a fuller understanding of that particular process.)  Of course Democrats did the same, but they really only had one state to make that difference in Illinois (Chicago Tribune).  With the 2014 elections coming, no serious political analyst sees Democrats making a gain, especially in the midterm of the 2nd term of a President as evidenced in the below (President Clinton’s 2nd term was an exception to the rule).

Midterm Madness: As a general rule, the president's party does poorly in midterm elections. Especially the second midterm of a two-term administration.

Midterm Madness: As a general rule, the president’s party does poorly in midterm elections. Especially the second midterm of a two-term administration.

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Hoosier Governor has High Approval

21 Sep Gov. Mike Pence
English: Picture of the Indiana State House; I...

English: Picture of the Indiana State House; Indianapolis, IN; 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the Hoosier state, a lot of the political news has been focused on national politics, especially since our General Assembly (i.e. legislature) is out of session and the never-ending drama from DC seems to never abate, even just for a day.  He is a bit too conservative for my taste, but I definitely can’t say that he has been particularly partisan, especially compared to his fellow GOP governors.  For instance Continue reading

Hyperdodecahedron

16 Mar
120-cell family polytopes in H3 Coxeter plane ...

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Definition: a compact 4-dimensional hyperbolic manifold obtained by identifying opposite faces of the 120-cell, whose universal cover gives the regular honeycomb {5,3,3,5} of 4-dimensional hyperbolic space

How is this related to the state of the GOP race? Well, the race for delegates is as complicated as this shape in math.  (And math is what you need to win, at least according to Romney.)

Did you know that Romney actually won the Dixie primaries, but of course with the help of islands on the other side of the world of Hawaii and America Samoa

…by winning Hawaii and America Samoa, as well as some delegates in the Southern states that award them proportionally.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74024_Page2.html#ixzz1pL13qpMC

I mean, the race is about looking at the intricacies of each state, each district, each precinct, and each delegate and figure out how you can have them vote for you, never mind the preference of voters.  Voters should always look at the delegate count, and not the policies of a candidate.  We should be thinking that because Romney will be the nominee, that we might as well not have the primaries.  Why not just let the Super PACs pick the delegates for us, then we would not have to actually do anything, I mean let’s be real, we don’t even vote.

The nominee for the presidency should be uplifting and commanding and not make excuses.  We should demand for from the people who run for positions of power.  Questions from the media should be why do you think you’re best and not what is your strategy to win.  We should be asking what will you do for me, my family, my state, and my country and not why the other person is worse than you.

Math should not be the focus of politics, unless you’re talking about the need for it in our current education system.

(I know I ended with introducing a new topic which is bad, but it’s still true.)

Boris Shor, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dep't of Political Science, U. of Houston

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