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Abbreviated panel of specialists: Republican lies are merely a lifestyle for them

Uri Friedman / Atlantic:

The damage will last

The precedents that Trump has set, the doubts he has planted, and the claims he has made will continue.

T.he guardrails from us The system actually worked, ”said Amy Walter, a political analyst marveled On Monday evening it was recorded how many reacted to the Trump administration and initiated a formal change of power to the Biden administration. American democracy had weathered its weeks of catastrophe, even though President Donald Trump was unfounded Fraud claimssurreal press conferenceand shaky legal challenges. All of this brought relief ("Excellent News for American Democracy"), Triumph ("We saved ourselves and America"), copious use of the past tense ("Never forget how dangerous and abnormal it all was.") and ridicule of the Trumpian sideline ("Tweeting anger" and "funny complaints").

It's not over yet, people. While the decision to begin the transition process is an implicit concession from the president, Trump has not yet explicitly acknowledged his loss – there are Indications he could never do it. As I write, the president is actually continuing insist that the "2020 election fraud" will "go under as the most corrupt election in American political history", that it will continue this case and that it "will never admit to forging ballot papers and" Dominion ".

Will Wilkinson / NY Times:

Why did so many Americans vote for Trump?

To the consternation of Democrats, the president's strategy of ignoring the pandemic worked mostly for Republicans.

Trying to understand Democrats are in yet another round of mutual discrimination: They have either been too progressive for swing voters – too socialist or aggressive with ambitious measures like the Green New Deal – or not progressive enough to be a potential Democrat to inspire voters to show up or cross over.

But they should understand that there was really no way to avoid disappointment. Three factors – the logic of partisan polarization, which obscures inaccurate tuning; the strength of the juiced economy before Covid-19; and the success of Mr. Trump's denial, overt response to the pandemic – mainly explain why the Democrats were not getting better …

Mr Trump renounced responsibility and shifted the burden to states and communities with broken budgets. He then waged a war of words against governors and mayors – especially Democrats – who refused to risk the lives of their citizens by allowing economic and social activities to resume.

Michael Gerson / WaPo:

The political analysis of horse racing is important – and flawed. We need more moral journalism.

Whatever the cause, the crisis polls are facing leads to a soul search. Perhaps the entire political analysis and commentary business has placed too much emphasis on polling. Perhaps the issue of horse racing should be less of a focus in politics than the problems the country is facing. Perhaps we should balance political coverage by who is up and down in favor of candidates' political proposals on pandemic response, police reform, or curbing Chinese aggression.

This type of thematic journalism is important, and there should be more of it. An informed electorate will achieve better democratic results in the long run. The pressing problem in American politics, however, is not the inadequate exposure of political disagreements. The fact is that political views have become a function of cultural identity.

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In 2016, Donald Trump won Kent County by nearly 10,000 votes.

The swing in Kent County, a place where a Republican clerk oversees the elections, is enough to topple Trump's 10,704-vote win in Michigan nationwide in 2016. Pic.twitter.com/2PH9NPoWjT

– Craig Mauger (@CraigDMauger) November 27, 2020

Paul Demko / Politico:

How one of the redest states became the nation's hottest weed market

Oklahoma entered the world of legal cannabis late, but its hands-off approach sparked a boom and a new nickname: "Toke-lahoma".

Oklahoma is now the largest medical marijuana market in the country per capita. More than 360,000 Oklahomans – nearly 10 percent of the state's population – have purchased medical marijuana cards in the past two years. In comparison, New Mexico has the second most popular program in the country. About 5 percent of citizens receive medical cards. Last month, sales since 2018 were over $ 1 billion.

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I know we want to believe that our fellow citizens voted as if they were just making a civil decision about what is best for America. I think that was a legitimate way of looking at 2016. I think there's almost no way to see Trump's voters in 2020 that way. / 4

– Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) November 27, 2020

Gabby Orr / Politico:

Blame breaks out over Trump's decline in youth votes

Everyone had a scapegoat – from the president himself to the campaign to outside groups like Turning Point USA.

For Trump's critics, Biden was gaining ground with young voters because he was his opponent: a divisive politician with a culture war playbook that failed to energize audiences outside his base. However, the consensus is far less clear among the president's election officials and allies. Interviews with more than a dozen people involved in Trump's 2020 Operation revealed rifts, sharpness, and a system where no one would be to blame but everyone had a scapegoat – from the president himself to the campaign to outside groups like Turning Point USA, Charlie Kirk's conservative campus organization group.

The fallout has left the GOP with a lack of insight into what went wrong with Millennial and Gen-Z voters – especially in a cycle where Trump saw gains with other demographics – and no clear strategy to get another one Rise in youth support for Democrats in 2022 to prevent midterm elections. And the Republican Party desperately needs a strategy to reverse the trend as it has struggled for decades to connect with younger voters.

Jonathan Weiler / IndyWeek:

Even with a Biden presidency, America's future is an ugly, muddy slog

For years, many liberals, including myself, have believed / hoped that demographics is destiny – that Republicans are doomed to fail when America runs out of white and liberal gen-zer and late millennia make up a larger proportion of the electorate. And that may still be true – someday! But life, as they say, is complicated. Republicans are becoming increasingly extreme and openly intolerant in a country that is becoming increasingly diverse. It is also the case that a majority of Americans never liked Trump. For example, they shy away from the shameful and unfounded efforts of the Trumpian GOP to undo Biden's victory.

However, this reality does not automatically lead to a golden age of liberal ascent.

Why not?

For one thing, many more Americans consider themselves "conservative" than "liberal". And about as many Americans call themselves moderate as they do conservative. Political scientists talk about operational and symbolic ideology. The former relates to certain political goals and preferences that people may have, while the latter captures people's larger worldview. Election measures like a minimum wage of $ 15, the expansion of Medicaid, and the decriminalization and legalization of drugs continue to enjoy sustained electoral success. In Florida, for example, such a measure won an overwhelming majority on election night, even as Trump carried the state. What explains this apparent contradiction? Many Americans are operationally liberal but symbolically conservative. The result is often good news in referendums, but bad news in the corridors of power.

ICYMI, the appeals court that ruled against Trump in the Pennsylvania case:

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Most of the claims in the second amended complaint are limited to questions of state law. Pennsylvania law, however, is poised to overlook many technical flaws. It is preferred to count votes as long as there is no cheating. In fact, the campaign has already tried and lost many of these issues in state courts. The campaign seeks to repackage these state claims as unconstitutional discrimination. However, their claims are vague and conclusive. It is never alleged that anyone treated the Trump campaign or Trump votes worse than the Biden campaign or the Biden votes. And federal law doesn't require election observers or how they can observe. It also says nothing about fixing technical errors in ballot papers. Each of these shortcomings is fatal and the proposed second amended complaint does not address them. Therefore, the district court duly refused permission to change again. The campaign does not deserve a restraining order to reverse Pennsylvania's confirmation of the votes. The claims of the campaign are unfounded.

It is quite a read.

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