I’m pretty much under the assumption that the NBA wants to punish Seattle for not caving to all of some random OKC millionaire’s demands. So I’m not sure Chris Hansen’s proposal to pay for all of a new stadium (video auto-loads) will do much to bring back the Sonics. And I this all still requires vacating Occidental, that was the sticking point for the City Council last time. Still, the city not being on the hook for any of the stadium sounds pretty good to me.
We’re in the final weeks of the 2016 General Elections and the ballots have dropped win Washington state. Isn’t this a good time for a drink? The Seattle Chapter of Drinking Liberally meets tonight. Please join us for an evening of politics over a pint.
Can’t make it to Seattle tonight? Check out one of the other 188 chapters of Living Liberally, including twenty in Washington state, three in Oregon and one in Idaho. Find, or go out and start, a chapter near you.
I’ve largely neglected local and statewide races this election season. No particular reason, although I haven’t felt that the Republican candidates in the Senate and Gubernatorial races have run particularly strong campaigns.
I guess it isn’t too late though. And today’s Elway poll piqued my interest in the Gubernatorial race. The race matches up Gov. Jay Inslee (D) against challenger Bill Bryant (R).
The poll, conducted from 20 Oct. to 22 Oct on 502 likely voters has a margin of error of 4.5%. Of the 502 respondents, 452 are either for Inslee or Bryant. Inslee received 256 “votes” (51.0%) and Bryant received 196 “votes” (39.0%), with Other or Undecided at 50 “votes” (10.0%). When we normalize the results to just Inslee and Bryant “votes,” Inslee gets 56.6% and Bryant gets 43.4%
I did a Monte Carlo simulation of 1,000,000 simulated elections. The final tally gave Inslee 975,893 wins and Bryant 22,276 wins. In other words, if an election was held now, we would expect Inslee to win with a 97.8% probability, and Bryant with a 2.2% probability.
The probability distribution of electoral vote outcomes pretty much tells the story:
The previous poll, by Strategies 360 taken from 29 Sep to 3 Oct, gave similar results. The poll surveyed 500 individuals (4.4% MOE) and found Inslee at 50% to Bryant’s 40%, with 10% undecided.
With two weeks to go and ballots already being returned, it seems like Inslee is quite likely to serve a second term.
You probably should have your ballot by now if you’re living in Washington. Here are the locations to drop them off in King County. Otherwise, have them postmarked by the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
Damn, there’s a lot on my ballot. I hesitate to even call it downballot, since there are so many initiatives, charter amendments, and whatnot before President. And there are far too many non-partisan positions or people from the same party on my ballot. If it’s all too confusing, The Stranger, Seattlish, and Washington NARAL help sort through the confusion with their endorsements, voter guides, etc.
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
Stephen helps Obama polish his résumé.
John Oliver: Third Parties.
Alternatino: An interview with Mussolini.
Minute Physics: How entropy powers the earth.
The 2016 Alt-Right Sexual Predator Show:
- Trevor: Donald Drumpf’s rigged election talk
- The apprentice speaks.
- Fareed Zakaria interviews Bill Maher On Drumpf and his Teabagger deplorables.
- Minorities for Drumpf: I Hope He Loses.
- Kimmel: Drunk Donald Drumpf on sitting alone
- Olbermann: You’re lying to yourself if you think Drumpf is the answer.
- Randy Rainbow interviews Melinia Drumpf.:
- PsychoSuperMom: How the boys talk.
- Donald Trump: Blue Falcon
- Stephen: Dead voters have chosen their candidate.
- Keith Olbermann: These insane excuses from Drumpf’s surrogates are deplorable
- Trevor: Between the scenes–The evolution of Pussygate
- Young Turks: Roger Ailes bails on Drumpf campaign.
- Kimmel: “Not the Donald Drumpf that I know.”
- Bill Maher: Fallout from pussygate
- Stephen: Melania Drumpf blames everyone but Donald for his locker room talk
- Obama to Drumpf: Stop your fucking whining!
- Drumpf’s new Washington Monument.
- Olbermann: The secret trick to decoding everything Donald Drumpf says
- Stephen: Jorge Ramos wants you to know what makes Drumpf so dangerous
- Red State Update: These Rednecks Hate Drumpf
- Young Turks: The launch of DrumpfTV
- Thom: The danger of Drumpf’s “election rigging” talk
- Donald Drumpf’s first 100 days.
- Newzoids: Donald Drumpf wrestling
- Stephen: Drumpf admits he’ll probably whine more if he loses
Mental Floss: 26 facts about the science of family.
A Woman’s Guide to the White House.
Kimmel’s week in unnecessary censorship.
Bill Maher: A bone to pick with undecided voters.
This is Your Debate on Drugs:
- Bad Lip Reading: Presidential Slam Poetry:
- James Corden: Debate drug testing.
- Did Hillary debate on steroids?
- Colbert: Nate Silver explains just how bad Drumpfs night was.
- Daily Show: Donald Drumpf hints at a not-so-peaceful transfer of power
- Hillary drops the mic
- Olbermann: Donald Drumpf must withdraw. Here’s why.
- Weird Al autotunes the dabate: Bad Hombres, Nasty Women:
- James Cordon: The last debate….
- Kimmel: Drumpf’s interruptions.
- Red State Update reviews the 3rd Presidential Debate.
- David Pakman: Trump beats Clinton in 3rd debate—37 to 4 lies
- Hillary Clinton on the Supreme Court.
- Jonathan Mann: Nasty Woman vs. Bad Hombre
- Stephen reacts to the 3rd Presidential debate.
- The Daily Show: The final debate:
- Kimmel kids out-of-focus group.
White House: West Wing Week.
Stephen considers fleeing America.
Ohio for President.
Kimmel: A message from Canada to America.
Trevor: Clinton’s leaked emails.
Robert Reich: How Democrats take back the Senate.
Last week’s Friday Night Multimedia Extravaganza can be found here.
I’ve been trying to articulate this, because it’s really not how debates are supposed to work. And in normal times, maybe a bar this low wouldn’t apply. But in all 3 of the debates, I’ve been very impressed with Hillary Clinton saying things I disagree with:
After the first debate, a lot of liberals complained about her position on NAFTA. Fair, enough, I thought she was wrong on the policy. But I also appreciated her defense of trade more generally and of what future trade policies should look like. You can, and should, argue the policy but she clearly knew what she was talking about, and I hope we can hold her to that in future trade negotiations.
In the second and third debates, Syria policy came up. In the second debate, there was discussion of arming the rebels. Those rebels are probably better people than the current regime, but honestly it’s not our place to arm them. There’s also considerable possibility of blowback and of those weapons ending up in the wrong hands (and that could include the hands we gave them to, 20 years on). That said, Trump was complaining about the policy and he said “She doesn’t even know who the rebels are” and after a lot of Trump nonsense, including a back and forth with one of the moderators, Clinton casually explained who she would arm and why, when I think most people would have just let it go.
In the third debate they discussed a no fly zone. From my perspective, this is a bad use of American military. It’s an act of war, and I think it makes things worse. But I also appreciated her discussion of what the goals of an no fly zone would be and the diplomacy would look like to put it in place.
This is running pretty long for an open thread, so I’ll stop it here: I don’t think I’ll ever have a candidate who I agree with on all the issues, but when I watch Hillary Clinton speak, I’m at least glad that it’s her, smart, competent, prepared, even when I disagree.
The analysis on Monday showed Sec. Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump with a greater than 99.9% probability of winning an election held now, and with a mean electoral vote of 338 for Clinton to 200 for Trump.
We’ve gotten about 49 new polls since then. A Monte Carlo analysis with 100,000 simulated elections has Clinton winning all 100,000 times. In an election held now, Clinton would have a greater than 99.9% probability of winning and Trump would have a less than 0.01% probability of winning. Clinton received (on average) 338 to Trump’s 200 electoral votes.
In other words, even with plenty of new polls, the race has stabalized.
The long term trends in this race can be seen from a series of elections simulated every seven days using polls from 20 Oct 2015 to 20 Oct 2016, and including polls from the preceding 21 days (FAQ).
An animated sequence of maps and electoral vote distributions can be seen here
Okay…here we go. Debate three has the potential to be insane. Please discuss.
[5:45] We have CNN on at the Roanoke Park Place Tavern. The banner says “BREAKING: Debate to start momentarily”. “Breaking”??? I don’t think so.
6:05: Play ball!
6:08: “My opponent said bad things about me and millions of people.” What the fuck is Trump babbling about. The question is about the Supreme Court!
6:10: Oooohhhh…he is talking about a Justice (bad audio here). Still…totally off-track to bring this up. Make him look petty as fuck.
We’re at the point in the campaign where Alec Baldwin looks more like Trump than Trump
— Taegan Goddard (@politicalwire) October 20, 2016
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) October 20, 2016
“dozens of toddlers injure themselves, even kill people with guns.” – HRC, standing next to angry giant toddler.
— Karoli (@Karoli) October 20, 2016
6:19: Except for Trumps little tangent about Ginsburg, this is a pretty ordinary debate. Oops…Trump’s turn.
If Trump knew doctors other than Dr. Bongwater, he'd know "ripping a baby from the womb" in the 9th month is called CHILDBIRTH. #debatenight
— shauna (@goldengateblond) October 20, 2016
6:22: We have The Sniff.
6:24: Please, Hillary, no anecdotes.
6:25: Hillary is starting to troll Trump. Waiting for a Trump Sniff…er…meltdown.
6:27: Trump Tower built with undocumented workers–Clinton trolls again. Trump keeps it under control.
6:30: Wallace gets pissed at Clinton and he abandons his impartial role and points out her with bank speaker fees. Pathetic!
6:32: Donald is starting to go CRAZY with the SNIFFS! He’s rattled! Point Clinton!
6:33: Trump goes NUTZ!!!
6:35: Trump claims Clinton has been outsmarted worse than anyone ever. Of course…she beating him….
6:36: Clinton trolls over nuclear codes…Sniffles to follow.
6:37: Chris Wallace should ask candidates about their views instead of stating their views…
"I never made out with Putin." "Nobody ever said you did, Mr. Trump." "Because I didn't. And I don't even want to!"
— Seth Mnookin (@sethmnookin) October 20, 2016
6:40: Why does Trump deny knowing his “stablemate”, Putin?
— NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) October 20, 2016
6:42: True fact: In 2008, Clinton stated in a debate against Obama, that she would renegotiate NAFTA.
HRC: Let me translate that if I can; DJT: You can't. I agree w/ DJT – that was incomprehensible. But if anyone can, it's HRC #Debate
— Michael Maddux (@michaeljmaddux) October 20, 2016
"Mr. Trump, how's your day?"
TRUMP: I don't know Putin! I've never met Putin! HE'S NOT MY BEST FRIEND!
"[sobbing] YOU'RE the puppet!"
— Adam Conover (@adamconover) October 20, 2016
6:47: Trump, “I pass factories”. Yep…Big Asshole!
6:49: Clinton trolls Trump again with shipping jobs to Mexico. He sniffs.
Uh, no, those sexual assault allegations have not been debunked. Saying "wrong!" is not debunking. #debate
— Boo-is Frightsman (@LouisPeitzman) October 20, 2016
6:57: “Nobody has more respect for women than I do.” The pub breaks out laughing.
6:58 Trump claims Clinton lied “hundreds of times to the FBI”. *SNIFF* I think that means he is lying.
— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) October 20, 2016
7:05: Clinton brings out the big guns, “…hasn’t released his tax returns.”
7:06: “Built with Chinese steel.” Ouch!
7:07: Concession question: Trump, “I’ll look it at the time” Totally disqualifying.
7:09: Trump: Clinton is guilty of a crime. Umm…no she isn’t. We have a constitutionally defined process for making this determination.
7:10: Trump (on no Emmy): “I should-a gotten it!” #whiner #wanker #notserious
Clinton hitting hard on list of things Trump has said are rigged: FBI, Iowa caucuses, Emmys. Trump: "Shoulda gotten it."
— Emily Flitter (@FlitterOnFraud) October 20, 2016
This IS a reality show. Will Trump concede the election? "I will keep you in suspense."
— James Oliphant (@jamesoliphant) October 20, 2016
"Well, that is horrifying," says Hillary, when Trump refuses to agree to a peaceful transition of power if he loses. #Debates2016
— Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) October 20, 2016
7:14: Fortunately, concession is a mere courtesy. It is totally unnecessary, although it sends a terrible message to the people.
7:17: Clinton points out Trump supported Iraq. He barks “wrong” twice in the exact same place he did last debate!!!
7:18: Clinton trolls Trump until he just blows up! Starts babbling.
7:19: Okay…now Trump is debating Chris Wallace. Cool.
"Let's turn to Aleppo."
Somewhere in New Mexico, Gary Johnson scowls and crushes an empty kombucha bottle. #debate
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) October 20, 2016
7:20: 🎼 ♫ If you’ve ever seen Aleppo clap your hands. ♪
Quite the difference in how Wallace addresses them. To HRC: some tough policy qs. To DJT: a summer-school teacher with a kid high on glue.
— Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) October 20, 2016
7:26: I wonder if Trump thinks GDP stands for “Good Damn P***Y”
7:27: “…and the unicorns will, once again, roam the great plains.”
— Left Out Loud (@LeftOutLoud) October 20, 2016
7:31 :Trump has no clue about the issues facing Social Security.
7:32: Trump says he is happy that health insurance premiums are going up. #gofuckyourself
— Bros4Hillary (@Bros4Hillary) October 20, 2016
7:37: Trump: “All she has done is talk to THE African Americans” #ThatsHowRacistsTalk
Conclusion: all anyone is going to talk about is Donald’s refusal to commit to concession. But the fact is, this is the least important thing about this debate. Concession is a tradition, but has no legal or constitutional meaning. It is just a convention and courtesy. The only person who will suffer from a lack of concession will be Mr. Trump.
I hope the media and social media gets past this and talks about important things.
— FashionweekNYC (@FashionweekNYC) October 20, 2016
The Seattle Chapter of Drinking Liberally meets tonight. Please join us for an evening of conversation and political debate over drinks. We start at 8:00pm.
And then come back on Wednesday night for another episode of Crazy Guy pretends to be a Presidential Candidate. That’s right, we’ll be getting together to watch the third Presidential Debate. It starts at 6:00pm.
For Wednesday’s debate, please note that the audio of the debate may not be perfect. We expect that almost every TV in the joint will be on the debate, but there will be cheers and jeers and all the other sounds of a working pub. If you really must hear every word, consider bringing a radio and headphones.
Can’t make it to Seattle tonight? Check out one of the other Living Liberally meetings happening over the next week. There are 185 chapters, including twenty in Washington state, three in Oregon and one in Idaho. Find, or go out and start, a chapter near you.
The previous analysis from 4 days ago showed Sec. Hillary Clinton ahead of Donald Trump, with a >99.9% probability of winning an election last week. Clinton’s mean electoral vote total was 335 and Trump’s was 203.
With a pile of new polls released since then, things haven’t changed a whole lot. Now, after 100,000 simulated elections, Clinton wins all 100,000 times. Clinton received (on average) 338 (+3) to Trump’s 200 (-3) electoral votes. In an election held now, Clinton would still have a > 99.9% probability of beating Trump.
There are a few things to highlight for this analysis.
Two new polls have come in from Arizona, and Clinton leads each. The oldest poll is a tie, and the newest three have Clinton at +2%, +1%, and +2%. This slight lead has slightly raised Clinton’s probability of taking the state from 60.8% to 65.8%. This is barely better than a tie, but the fact that a Democrat is leading in Arizona is nothing short of remarkable.
In Colorado, two polls with Trump up age out, and one new poll is added. The four current polls have Clinton up +11%, +11%, +0% (tie), and +8%. Consequently, Clinton’s chances have gone from 81.8% to 98.9% of winning the state today.
We have nine current polls in Florida, and eight of the polls have Clinton up. The one new poll has her up +4%. Overall, Clinton’s chances go from 91.8% to 94.2% in Florida.
We see a slight shift in Georgia, where Trump’s chances have dropped from 98.7% to 93.2%. This is entirely an artifact of 6 old polls dropping out and a new one coming in. The new poll has Trump up by +5.5%.
Minnesota has shifted in Trump’s favor, on account of a new Gravis poll that has the state tied. The other two current polls have Clintion up by +6.9% and 6%. The Gravis poll looks like an outlier.
Two new Nevada polls join five other polls. Clinton has small leads in five of the seven polls, and the other two are ties. Clinton’s chances rise from 76.6% to 82.9% in the state.
In North Carolina, one poll ages out and three new polls weigh in. Clinton leads in all nine current polls, typically with small leads. Her chances have gone up from a 86% to a 92.3% probability.
A new South Carolina poll has Trump leading by +15.4%, raising his chances to 100% from 76%.
Utah has had some interesting polling, including a tie last week. Today, a Rasmussen poll with Trump up +2% joined a third poll with Trump at +6% to raise his chances of winning from 76.9% to 81.4%.
The long term trends in this race can be seen from a series of elections simulated every seven days using polls from 17 Oct 2015 to 17 Oct 2016, and including polls from the preceding 21 days (FAQ).
An animated sequence of maps and electoral vote distributions can be seen here
Did anyone else catch the Senate debate? The format was not particularly healthy. It didn’t allow for much of a back and forth. It didn’t even have them answering the same question.
I learned that Chris Vance wants to lower our national debt by lowering tax rates (and closing loopholes). I’m pretty sure that won’t work. Also, he’d raise the retirement age for Social Security. Patty Murray wants to raise the cap so wealthy people pay more into the Social Security Trust Fund and won’t support increasing the retirement age.
Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men.
Seth Meyers: Joe and Jill Biden.
White House Watch: The sniff test.
Minute Physics: Where does complexity come from?
The GOP Sexual Predator Show:
- Why we need A Business Man
- Kimmel: Coked-up Drumpf on WikiLeaks
- Slate: Trump’s solution to Islamophobia isn’t one
- WA Republicans react.
- Vote Drumpf on November 28th.
- Donald reacts to being dis-invited from Wisconsin rally.
- Michelle Obama Trump tape has “shaken me to my core”:
- Seth Meyers: VP Biden on the Drumpf tape.
- Jimmy Dore: Why now?
- Kimmel: Drunk Donald Drumpf–Little boy.
- Olbermann: How would Drumpf deport 11 million people? Think about it.
- Daily Show Fingers the pulse of the Drumpf supporters.
- Sam Seder: Drumpf’s IRONCLAD ASSAULT DEFENSE, “Look at her…I Don’t think so.”
- Young Turks: Story of how Donald Drumpf stiffed 9/11 survivors!
- Songify: Clinton—Drumpf face-off
- Samantha Bee: Pussy Riot!
- Samantha Bee: GOP fear the P
- PsychoSuperMom: Hypocrisy Thy Name Is GOP
- Tic Tac responds to Drumpf.
- Republicans in Congress speak sut against Drumpf
- Seth Meyers: A closer look at the allegations against Drumpf.
- Mark Fiore: President of the locker room.
- Kimmel: Drunk Donald Drumpf on Clinton’s brother.
- Thom: White men don’t want Drumpf to go after White women
- Daily Show: Drumpf Gyms
- Olbermann: Jailing Hillary!? Drumpf’s outrageous case for dictatorship.
- Young Turks: Ben Carson, “Drumpf sexual assaults don’t matter”
- Red State Update: Paul Ryan won’t defend Drumpf
- Kimmel: Coked-up Drumpf on Hillary on stage.
- Samantha Bee: I thought we were done with this!
- Jimmy Dore: Drumpf intruding on naked teen contestants
- Huh…Apparently Drumpf does do business in Russia.
- Randy Rainbow: “Grab ’em By the P***Y”
- Newzoids: Drumpf is Meatloaf “Pratt out of Hell”:
- Keith Olbermann: Looks like Donald Drumpf is peddling Russian propaganda.
- Trevor: Fallout from Drumpf’s PussyGate
- Bill Maher explains why Drumpf is popular
- Fusion Comedy staff watch the Drumpf–Billy Bush conversation.
- Young Turks: Jr. says women who don’t like sexual harassment don’t belong in work force.
- Slate: No end in sight for sexual assault accusations against Drumpf.
- Seth Meyers: A Closer Look at the Drumpf free-fall.
- Kimmel: Drunk Donald Drumpf on women
- Olbermann: We’re witnessing Donald Drumpf’s meltdown here, folks.
- Thom: Do we really need a groper-in-chief?
- Sam Seder: The Michelle speech.
- Young Turks: Drumpf flirts with a pre-teen.
John Oliver on Guantánamo.
The Oval Office guide to sexual harassment.
Four Weeks To Go: Top Senate challengers and vulnerable House incumbents
Clinton versus The G(r)OP(er):
- Clinton and Drumpf do a debate duet.7
- Seth Meyers: A closer look at the debate and the Bush Bus
- 2nd 2016 Presidential debate recap: No beating around the Billy Bush
- Jonathan Mann: He’s humping the chair again
- Seth Meyers: Second Late Night Presidential Debate
- Red State Update: Did Drumpf win? Arrest Hillary?
- Kimmel: How Hillary greeted Donald at the debate.
- Slate: The debate whining of Donald Drumpf
- Trevor: Ken Bone is America’s newest sweetheart.
- Olbermann: Drumpf’s 30 most mind-boggling debate moments (so far)
- Stephen responds to the second debate.
- Kimmel interviews Ken Bone
- Jonathan Mann: The Kenneth Bone Song.
White House: West Wing Week.
Kimmel: The week in unnecessary censorship.
Mental Floss: 29 spin-offs that almost happened.
Last week’s Friday Night Multimedia Extravaganza can be found here.