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November 5, 2016

Let's listen to Jimmy and Bill and Barack and Hillary.

I assume we all think gridlock is bad - especially with a Democrat in the White House. But we're never going to get beyond it if Democrats become a new version of Republicans. A thread appeared this morning that illustrates the hostile, black and white, interpret-it-the-worst-way attitude that will prevent us from achieving legislative goals. The link is below.

I've always been proud that to me there seemed to be more "good" people in Democratic leadership than Republican. Not that they don't exist in the Republican part, but not so much any more. By this I mean people willing to look for the common ground behind their oponent's hostility. The second link shows Obama, just yesterday, sending the crowd to school about how to deal with a hostile oponent.

The third link is a snippet from a Hillary speech, highlighting what I think she had always believed, but which she woke up to a bit more after the Michigan primary defeat. I wish I could have found her comments at a fund raiser where she urged the audience to look beyond the anger of (at the time) Bernie supporters to the underlying causes of their frustration

I wouldn't know how to look for links showing Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter modeling this same thing, but I know they did, because I remember being proud of them for it at the time. It would be super if someone had such links, or even just quotes.

We have terrific role models, for ourselves and for our children. Let's pay attention.

Reaching out to white guys thread.

Obama teaching us how to relate to a Trump follower

Hillary after Michigan primary 4:30-5:00 is a snippet

November 5, 2016

I've seen a lot of encouraging stories about minority early voting.

I'm wondering if anyone in Trump land is pushing early voting stories for Trump's side. It's all rather dizzying and I do hear contradictory stories about Dem early voting (it's up! it's down!), but nothing about Republicans one way or the other. Any thoughts? Just curiosity. I'm NOT "concerned."

November 5, 2016

Wo! Donald's morphed from orange and blond to fuchsia and metallic gold.

Just saw him at some rally today. It's more startling than the orange! Wish I had a link.

November 4, 2016

How come the new Reuters/Ipsos hasn't made it to 538 yet?

Here's the post that tells us about the very good Reuters/Ipsos poll


November 4, 2016

Remember when we despaired because Clinton dropped...

... 3% in 3 days? Well, she's up by 3 points since 11:30 last night at 538. And that's without the PPP polls that someone posted about.

I've figured out that I have another reason to watch 538. It has bigger changes faster. More pellets every time I push the lever.

November 4, 2016

I now know why Hillary plays it close to the vest.

Well, not really. That's a joke.

But I did happen upon an interesting historical anecdote.

A friend of ours taught Hillary in a religion class at Wellesley. When she gave her "Cookies/Tammie Wynette" interview, he wrote her a letter. He said (words to the effect) "Honesty does not require you to say everything you know." She responded with a letter remembering her positive times in his class.

It reminded me of the several example of her very long term correspondences with a whole host of people. They are a real testimony to her humanity.

November 4, 2016

OK, here's a poll puzzle (Hassan vs Ayotte)

These are probabilities, not averages.

538 Hassan 55%, Ayotte 45%

Upshot Hassan 45%, Ayotte 55%

Can anyone explain this????

NOTE - A couple of respondents seem to think 538 is giving Hillary a worse probability. It's Upshot that does. And I don't know where the 85% is coming from.

Rats. I can't seem to get two different public links from DropBox. Anyway, the other aggregator looks like this, but with the 44 and 45% reversed.

November 3, 2016

The word "mail" doesn't show up in Google News. Even...

... when I sign in and the sections on Hillary and Just for You show up.

Could it be that the MSM has finally realized that there's no there there? Don't get me wrong. I think it's GREAT that it's not a top story (worthy of Google News's main page) any more.

November 3, 2016

Is this 2016 or 1966????

I watched the whole Chapel Hill event and heard the former mayor of Chapel Hill talk about a current fight (or recent fight...) to stop assigning classes in public school based on zip code. WHAT?????

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