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Re: “Donald Trump is unpopular but Republicans will try to enact a sweeping right-wing agenda anyways

Baker- easy enough of a mistake to make, as many were predicting that Clinton couldn't lose. No need to be snarky about it. I don't think anyone is claiming that Silver is infallible. If you read any of his updates, he went into great detail about how Trump did have a legitimate chance to win, just that it was much less of a likely outcome than Clinton winning. He did not "predict" that anyone would win, but took all the available information and made what amounts to a highly educated guess. I don't think being wrong about the likely outcome of this election, which basically everyone (including many republicans) were wrong about means that any information from said individual is unreliable.

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Posted by gumby on 12/11/2016 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Donald Trump is unpopular but Republicans will try to enact a sweeping right-wing agenda anyways

Baker, 538 had had Clinton's chances somewhere around 65-35 on the eve of the election if memory serves. The highest I can remember seeing Clinton's number on that site was somewhere around 85-88%, and I believe that was several weeks before election day. They may have had it at 99% at some point in the process, but it certainly was no where near that high close to the actual election.

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Posted by gumby on 12/11/2016 at 2:03 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Ted Suhl gets seven years, $200,000 fine for bribery

A question for the legal minds: Where is the line drawn on who gets to "report to prison" at a later date vs. who is hauled out of court in cuffs and tossed in the pokey?

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Posted by gumby on 10/28/2016 at 7:31 PM

Re: “The oppressive open line

"Leading from behind" seems to be a favorite criticism of the President. Yet when he "leads from the front", on climate change or the Iran deal for example, there is nothing but obstruction if not downright sabotage (letter to Iran) from his opponents. Why, it's almost as if the opposing party is only looking to criticize, not participate in constructive governance.

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Posted by gumby on 09/05/2016 at 10:48 PM

Re: “Obama and Bush speak at Dallas memorial service

How so, Steven?

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Posted by gumby on 07/12/2016 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Boys State goes for Trump in a landslide

That's a bit disheartening overall, but I feel a bit better as I recall my time at Boy's State 17 years ago. I certainly would have considered myself on the conservative end of the spectrum at the time, but was woefully uninformed on most issues outside of the "big ones". I would imagine the same goes for many of the young men there. If it's comfort to anyone, my views have shifted considerably since those days.

About all I can recall from the whole experience is how quickly I wished for it to end.

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Posted by gumby on 05/31/2016 at 9:31 PM

Re: “Gov. Asa Hutchinson: Syrian refugees unwelcome in Arkansas

This situation reminds me a bit of the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa. When that really started to get out of control, there were calls from the reactionary crowd to shut off all air travel to that area of the world, and basically to just let all those poor folks die off, thus eliminating the risk of an outbreak here. If memory serves, Trump was rather outspoken on that point. There was also much rhetoric about how Obama would be help responsible when Americans were dying by the hundreds.
However, experts on disease outbreak and containment spoke up, saying that in fact, that was the worst thing we could do. If you couldn't get in or out of those countries, no aid could be administered, the outbreak would spread, and eventually land on our shores anyway. Thankfully, cooler head prevailed, we listened to the experts, and guess what? No outbreak here at home. I have yet to hear any of the reactionary crowd admit they were wrong.
Now certainly this is a different and more complex problem, but I cannot grasp why people who are not experts in the field of counter-terrorism (In fairness, Asa does have experience in this arena, since he did work for Dept. of Homeland Security, I don't know how applicable it is to this situation) feel the need to make sweeping statements about policy such as this. Shouldn't we listen to the folks who do this for a living? When did we lose the ability to apply critical thinking to problems?

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Posted by gumby on 11/16/2015 at 12:41 PM

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