Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.
Colbert: Political week in review.
Young Turks: GOP loses it over Tim Kaine’s lapel pin.
Kimmel: The week in unnecessary censorship.
Glass Ceiling Broken:
The actor that every politician needs at rallies.
Mental Floss: 39 facts about the middle ages.
What FAUX News aired Instead of the speech by fallen Muslim soldier’s father.
White House: West Wing Week.
Kimmel: Trump and Clinton puppets.
The Drumpfsputin Affair:
Seth Meyers with Lenny Kravits on the Clintons.
Young Turks: Voter ID laws struck down.
How did the U.S. end up with a 2-party system?
Young Turks: All cops walk in Freddie Gray case.
Lawrence O’Donnell: Capt. Khan’s parents remember their son
Last week’s Friday Night Multimedia Extravaganza can be found here.
Since the previous analysis, ten new polls have been released. Additionally, I fixed the Vermont poll that had Sec. Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s numbers reversed. As it happens a more current poll for Vermont was released.
Only a couple of the new polls were still in the field this week, but many of them were in the field last week, so lets call this the Post-RNC, Pre-DNC benchmark.
After 100,000 simulated elections, Clinton wins 97,843 times and Trump wins 2,157 times (including the 223 ties). Clinton received (on average) 312 to Trump’s 226 electoral votes. The results suggest that, in an election held now, Clinton would have a 97.8% probability of winning and Trump would have a 2.2% probability of winning.
Little has changed from the previous analysis. The most noticeable is Florida, which has decreased from a 56% chance for Clinton to a 37% chance. This reflects two older polls “aging out” and one new poll added. Trump leads in two of the three current polls. Here is the polling history, which makes Trump’s lead seem plausible:
The other noticeable change is New Hampshire’s shift from blue to red. An older ARG poll “aged out” and a new NH Journal poll has been added. The NH Journal poll has a surprisingly large +9.4% for Trump. The state has been close, but perhaps something about Trump has strongly resonated with NH voters. The polling history suggests this new poll is an outlier–Trump has not led in any of the previous 26 polls in NH, and suddenly he is up by nearly double digits.
Man, the last 2 days of the convention were also pretty great. Obama doing a greatest hits. Clinton doing a lot from her stump speech, but also some smart funny anti-Trump stuff. I thought listening to it that “No Donald, you don’t” was her in grandmother mode.
… I guess I should have checked the home page before I started writing the open thread. Oh well.
History will be made tonight, so talk about it….
6:02: Washington delegation has been raising hell all week
— Jim Brunner (@Jim_Brunner) July 29, 2016
Tell me again how we need to keep violent people out of the US https://t.co/NARjdXMQI1
— Lee Rosenberg (@Lee_Rosenberg) July 29, 2016
It seems like a good idea for Ds to welcome Rs and conservatives who are willing to step up and admit the GOP nominee is a madman.
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) July 29, 2016
Abdul-Jabbar: “I’m Michael Jordan and I’m with Hillary…I said that of course because I know Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference"
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) July 29, 2016
— POLITICO (@politico) July 29, 2016
Powerful speech by Captain Khan. Most scathing indictment of Trump.
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) July 29, 2016
Omigod, what a devastating critique of Trump from Khizr Khan, father of fallen Muslim veteran. #DemsInPhilly
— (((Goldy))) (@GoldyHA) July 29, 2016
6:28: Man…General Allen could be a voice-over actor for any general anywhere!
Comparing the two conventions, it's clear that Democrats are now the party of patriotic America, the future America, the real America
— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) July 29, 2016
7:30: Huh…Did you notice Hillary DIDN’T lightly grope her daughter?
7:39: “He has taken ” the GOP ” a long way, from ‘Morning in America’ to ‘Midnight in America’.”
She's never going to be as soaring an orator as BHO or as intimate as BC, but she's killing it, imo
— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) July 29, 2016
"I accept your nomination for president of the United States!” —Hillary https://t.co/3Ffpf7W4Vz
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 29, 2016
Clinton: "Donald Trump says he wants to make America great again – well, he could start by actually making things in America again."
— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) July 29, 2016
“Imagine him in the Oval Office…a man you can bait with a tweet is not a man you can trust with nuclear weapons."
— Mike Warren (@MichaelRWarren) July 29, 2016
Looks like admitted lair and alleged campaign fraudster Tim “Biggest Lie of My Life” Eyman is going to get a close-n-personal tour of our criminal justice system:
Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Wednesday asked a Snohomish County Superior Court judge to hold Tim Eyman and his political committees in contempt for failing to turn over documents in as part of an investigation into the initiative promoter’s campaign finance practices.
Ferguson said he was also seeking a similar ruling from a Thurston County judge against signature gathering firm Citizen Solutions, saying that both Eyman and his committees have failed to meet a court-ordered deadline for disclosing the documents.
“Despite a subpoena and a court order, Tim Eyman continues to impede this investigation,” Ferguson said. “That’s unacceptable.”
Or…at least be fined $2000/day for every day he doesn’t turn over the subpoenaed documents.
I don’t know about you, but I’d settle for knocking a week or two off his sentence if he agreed to be frogmarched in his Darth Vader getup.
Have you been enjoying the Democratic convention? I think it has been pretty good. I’ve never been a big Bill Clinton fan, but you have to say when his speech was the most boring, it’s been a good couple nights.
Even in a couple days of stand outs, Michelle Obama’s speech was probably the best. I was only half listening to it while doing other things, but when she talked about waking up in a house built by slaves, my spine stood bolt up. I can’t imagine the feeling for decedents of slaves listening to it. I’m very proud to be a Democrat, and to keep pushing forward.
The previous analysis consisted of almost entirely pre-RNC polls, and the Monte Carlo analysis, based only on polls, suggested that Donald Trump would have no chance of winning an election held then. We now have a half dozen new post-RNC polls, including polls in NC, OH, and NV. As you might expect, the post-RNC polls show Trump, now the G.O.P. nominee, doing better against the likely Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.
A change in this analysis is that I’ve tightened the “current poll” window from polls taken in the past three months to polls taken within the past month. This has two possible effects for each state. First, it makes the polling data more current, which is particularly important for an accurate portrayal of Trump’s performance. His image among Republicans has dramatically changed over the past 6 months, and we can expect he will start polling better now that he is the nominee. Additionally, the smaller “current poll” window will increase the uncertainty for many states just because there are fewer polled individuals included. Thus, we see some states turn from solid in the previous analysis to strong in this analysis.
Now, after 100,000 simulated elections, Clinton wins 97,074 times and Trump wins 2,926 times (including the 205 ties). Clinton received (on average) 314 to Trump’s 224 electoral votes. In an election held now, Clinton would have a 97.1% probability of winning and Trump would have a 2.9% probability of winning.
Update: Yes…Vermont is the wrong color on account of a data entry error for one VT poll. This has been corrected for the next analysis.
Did Trump get a convention bump? It appears so.
A week ago during a convention’s prime-time broadcast we heard from the Duck Dynasty guy and Scott Baio. At a different convention a week later, we heard from Michelle Obama and Elizabeth Warren. One of the conventions seems serious. Please join us tonight for an evening of political pontification and convention chatter at the Seattle Chapter of Drinking liberally.
Can’t make it to Seattle tonight? Check out one of the other DL meetings this week. Tonight, the Tri-Cities chapter meets. On Wednesday, the Burien and the North Spokane chapters meet. The Kent and Woodinville chapters meet on Thursday. And next Monday, the Yakima and South Bellevue chapters meet.
There are 184 chapters of Living Liberally, including nineteen in Washington state, three in Oregon and one in Idaho. Find, or go out and start, a chapter near you.
This is going to be pretty specific, and even if it’s not, it’s about a comic that ended its run in 2008, so feel free to just ignore me here, and jump right into calling each other names in the comments, or whatever goes on there.
I just finished Y The Last Man. It was so good, although I didn’t love the denouement. It was well plotted, and I kept being like I’ll just read one more chapter. Oh, just one more. Until, I finished all of the books as quickly as being a library user can. I mentioned a while ago that I’m still pretty new to comics, but that was by far the best I’ve read since starting up again.
|11.4% probability of a majority
|88.6% probability of a majority
|Mean of 48 seats
|Mean of 52 seats
Control of the Senate is up for grabs this fall. My previous analysis showed Democrats with a average of 49 seats and Republicans with 51 seats, putting the Democrats in range to flip the Senate. That was over a half year ago, so it is time to update the analysis using a plethora of new polls released since then.
After 100,000 simulated elections, Democrats have a Senate majority 1,914 times, (and there were 9,521 ties), and Republicans control the Senate 88,565 times. If the election was now, Democrats would have an 11.4% probability of controlling the Senate and Republicans an 88.6% probability of controlling the Senate. Of course, if Republicans end up in the White House, the ties would go to them.
Here is the distribution of Senate seats from the simulations:*
The most likely outcome is a 52 to 48 split with Republicans in charge. Here are some state-by-state comments.
Florida: Without question, the return of Marco Rubio to the Senate race has changed the likely outcome. Democrat Patrick Murphy has a fight on his hands. Polls occasionally favor Murphy, but the most likely outcome is a victory for Rubio (assuming they both come out on top in the August 30 primary).
Political conventions are stupid.
Mental Floss: 26 Things that Inspired Movies.
James Corden with Michelle Obama: Carpool Karaoke:
Young Turks: Koch brothers cut funding of disobedient Republicans.
Farron Cousins: Rep. Steve King goes full “Grand Wizard” on MSNBC.
Sam Waterson: Important convention history
The 2016 Drumpf Shit Show:
Jimmy Dore: Political jokes of the week.
Farron Cousins: Right wing voting laws getting killed in the courts.
Minute physics: Hitting the sun is hard.
White House: West Wing Week.
The party of Jebus meets a Muslim.
Young Turks: The Post-Alex debriefing.
Climate Change: 2016 is hottest year on record.
Blue on Black Violence:
Young Turks: KKKer David “Douchebag” Duke to run for Senate.
Stephen Colbert with Lewis Black.
The climate change ad that FAUX News didn’t want viewers to see.
John Oliver with some Endorsements.
Last week’s Friday Night Multimedia Extravaganza can be found here.
We seem to be a lot better at making rail tunnels than car ones. So I say we should just make a commitment now to put rail in there. Then things will start to go swimmingly. It can be like the Gerorge Benson Streetcar, but without the view or most of the stops.
The day of Donald Trump’s acceptance speech is a good time for another poll analysis, I figure. There are 121 new polls added since the previous analysis. A handful of them are newly-discovered older polls, but the majority are newly-released polls. Fifty one of the polls come from a 50-state + D.C. Morning Consult series that was conducted over the preceding three months. The data are newly released, but are not necessarily the most current.
I should mention that only a few polls include surveys conducted this week, and none of them fully cover the G.O.P. convention. So think of this as the pre-conventions baseline analysis. Subsequent analyses will gradually include polls taken after the Republican National Convention. Of course, the same thing will happen following the Democratic National Convention early next month.
As with the previous analysis, a batch of 100,000 simulated elections has Clinton winning 100,000 times and Trump winning 0 times. Clinton received (on average) 338 to Trump’s 200 electoral votes. In an election held now, Clinton would have a 100.0% probability of winning.
Notice, however, that Clinton’s average electoral vote total has dropped a bit from a mean of 354. We should expect at least some improvement for Trump as Republican voters accept and, in many cases, embrace him as the G.O.P. nominee.
There are two striking things about this analysis compared to the previous. First, many of the “outlier” states have “fallen in line” with expectations from recent elections: Nevada has gone from Red to Blue, Arizona from Blue to Red, Colorado from Red to Blue, Kansas from Blue to Red, Missouri from Blue to Red, Mississippi from Blue to Red and Kansas from Blue to red.
The second thing is that many states have become more polarized in the direction expected. You can look at the current map and the previous map to see this easily. For instance, many traditionally blue states have become “bluer”: e.g. OR, WA, MN, WI, MA and NJ. And many traditionally red states have gotten redder: TX, AR, LA, GA, UT, and ND are examples.
In other words, the states are falling into line as we would expect from previous elections. This suggests to me that this will be a conventional election with the battlelines coming down to the battleground states of recent elections. For the moment, Clinton leads in most of those battleground states in the East (PA, VA, NC, FL), Midwest (IA, WI, MI, OH), and West (CO, NM, NV). Of these, IA is very close, but trending toward Trump in the most recent polls, and Florida shows a slight trend in Trump’s direction.