Ted Cruz is not smart, but he’s the right combination of condescending and dickish that everyone assumes he’s smart because nothing else makes sense.
Everyone talks about how Cruz is great at debates, but his main tool in debates is the Gish gallop; which is where a person tells so many lies during their time to speak their opponent doesn’t have time to respond to them all.
The only thing Cruz added to the Gish Gallop is when it is his turn to rebuttal he says “you’ll notice my opponent didn’t address X, because he knows it is true.” Ignoring the fact that he just got called out on several lies, mind you. That’s his great debate strategy.

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10 Jan
Something that is not lost on me but I forgot to mention is that the runoff system in Georgia was created explicitly to keep men like Raphael Warnock from taking office.
This seems like time for a mini-thread, as multiple people have already asked me to explain why.

So here we go:

The racist origins on Georgia’s runoff elections.
Before 1962 Georgia’s elections operated under a county-unit system where counties were individually given a vote and a candidate had to earn the majority of the units. Ostensibly to mirror the electoral college, instead what it did was eliminate the power of urban counties.
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12 Nov 20
Maybe it’s time to talk about what happened in Georgia in 2018 and why it is completely different than what is happening now, since this seems to be making the rounds of conservative talking points. since she was a Black woman no one actually paid attention to her complaints.
First off Brian Kemp, who was running against Abrams, was Secretary of State at the time and he purged 340,000 voters from the state’s voter registration, disproportionally targeting Black voters. theguardian.com/us-news/2018/o…
Kemp also put over 53,000 voter registrations on hold due to extremely minor discrepancies, again targeting Black voters. vox.com/policy-and-pol…
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9 Nov 20
The first example of a concession is said to be John Adams private congratulations to Jefferson after the latter’s victory in 1800. While concession speeches did not become a thing until the 1920s when radio became a popular medium. Still concessions by telegram were common.
But the election I want to focus on here is the Election of 1916.

Democrat Woodrow Wilson was running for re-election against Charles Evans Hughes, who had resigned from the Supreme Court in order to run for President. Hughes was a compromise candidate for the GOP.
1912 had famously split the party between Taft and Roosevelt, which allowed Wilson to coast to victory. 1916 was different, especially among the early returns. The race was close but early returns were pointing to a Hughes victory. Indeed crowds began to gather in Times Square...
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8 Nov 20
Some people seem to think “back to normal” means that we will revert to where we were. That is impossible. Too much has been lost, and I’m not even talking about the 238,000 who died of COVID-19.

What returning to normal means is the ship has been turned in the right direction.
“Back to normal” has little to do with policy, which will in all likelihood be hindered by an obstructionist Republican Senate led by Mitch McConnell.

It instead has to do with tone, decency and values, which transcend politics in ways that aren’t always exactly clear.
Joe Biden cannot fix all of our problems just by becoming President. Our disagreements are too entrenched, our opinions too hardened by algorithms that are designed not to challenge those beliefs, but to reinforce them, no matter how detached from reality they may be.
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7 Nov 20
CNN has projected that Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States.
ABC joins
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3 Nov 20
As we head into an election night that has more uncertainty than anyone would like, I think it is a good time to take stock of what we know and what we don't know, and how to be good consumers and conveyors of information at a time where America is on edge and simmering.
Here's what we know: There will be massive numbers of early voters, but some states have not yet begun to count those votes. As such, we will have large vote totals for some states early, and other states will take much longer to count the votes.
WE KNOW: that the demographic for absentee ballots, early voting and day of voting are different, politically.
WE DON'T KNOW: Exactly what those numbers are and how they will be reported state-by-state.
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