This week’s lesson gave me more clarity on the-the Electoral College. It was confusing at first to hear that the popular vote does not win an election. Bush lost the popular votes, but won the electoral vote in 2000, cleared by the Supreme Court (POLS201). I think it is better for the candidate to worry about the crucial electoral votes than the popular votes. According to POL201 lesson book, former Senator John Kerry in 2004 and Al Gore 2000 had the victories in California, but Bush won both elections.
In the beginning of Truman’s first term, the Congress had gradually started to become more and more conservative due to the increased liberalism shown by Roosevelt during his term. This became a problem for Truman due to his belief in continuing Roosevelt’s work. During Truman’s second term election, there was division in the democratic party that made it difficult for him to get reelected. During his campaigning, Truman talked against the Republican controlled congress repeatedly. This strategy proved to be effective, considering that the Republicans lost nine Senate seats and seventy-three seats in the House, leading the next congress to be a majority democrat, the complete opposite of the previous congress.
Delayed and inexperienced decisions such as this can sway the opinion of one who should be voting for the best candidate. When President George W. Bush was reelected in 2004, the people who voted him thought that he would be able to stimulate the economy and create jobs. However, once the voters realized that he was unable to run the country as productively as they wanted him to do, his popularity faded. This resulted in Congress and President Bush popularity votes dropping to all-time lows of 38 percent and 28 percent respectively (Milakovich & Gordon, p.8). These numbers resulted in voters believing they should vote democratic as opposed to Republican, in which added to the victory of Barack Obamas election to the
To be clear, the two numbers do not necessarily indicate causation, and there could be several other factors attributed. However, what cannot be debated is the same Pew Research Center study found a majority (Both, Democrats and Republicans) believe money has a greater influence on politics today, and the high cost of presidential campaigns discourages good candidates. (Desilver & Van Kessel, 2015). The sentiment of voters is clear, big money has permeated campaigns to an unacceptable degree. To illustrate, Super PACs made $65 million in expenditures in 2010, $608 million in 2012, and $339 for the 2014 mid-term elections (Desilver & Van Kessel, 2015).
As an encouragement to vote most of us have probably been told, “every vote counts” at some point in our lives. In reality, this is not true in presidential elections due to the Electoral College and what it does. The Electoral College has flaws in it that can prohibit the outcome of the election from accurately reflecting whom a majority the people of the country cast their vote for. Not only will he abolishment of the electoral college change the outcome of elections, it can change the whole campaign process and the way some people in less represented states feel about voting increasing voter turnout. Every four years in early November we have the most important election that there is in this country, the presidential election.
It is responsible, along with Texas Senator Ted Cruz, for the debt ceiling crisis in 2011 and the government shutdown in 2012. Groups like the Freedom Caucus are in every corner of the Republican Party, and they drive Party divisions and infighting. As a result of that infighting, far-right groups have gained considerable power, and are now an important constituency in national elections. That important constituency, with its newfound voice, demands far-right candidates. And Donald Trump fits the bill
Collision 2012 Dan Balz’s Collision 2012 tracks the ebbs and flows of the 2012 presidential campaign, starting from the disastrous 2010 mid-terms for the Democratic Party, moving into the crazy ride that was the Republican primary, and finally ending with the tumultuous presidential battle. Through his tracking and research of the election, Balz finds that the 2012 election cycle was a stark departure from prior cycles, characterized by three major collisions which set the tone for the future of elections/campaigns and our country. One of these collisions was the clash between the America that elected Barack Obama in 2008 and the America that gave Democrats their biggest defeat since 1938 in 2010. The 2008 election led to Democrats gaining
Any individual who wants to be reelected wants to run just as great, or even greater of a campaign to win the election as they once did. However, Bulworth did not, he spoke about exactly what he wanted to talk about to whomever he wanted to talk to. A liberal who later is accused of being conservative politician, despises his life and job. He lost millions of dollars in the market and has no sense of hope for the future. He then signs a lucrative deal with a life insurance company which will give huge amounts of money to his daughter.
Political parties hold far too much power in today’s election process and need to be abolished. Parties were originally only intended to serve as temporary coalitions for specifically controversial elections, and yet every election since the late 1700’s has been won by a specific party. The existence of political parties has had quite a few negative effects on America including the division of people, a lack of communication, and violence between opposing sides (U.S. History.org). The idea that political parties are dangerous is not a new concept. George Washington discussed his view on the issue in his farewell address in 1796.
And although Democratic voters may be more affected by the laws, some Republican voters will be disenfranchised by them, too. The measure was part of a wave of new voting restrictions passed around the country, mostly by Republicans, after their sweeping victories in the 2010 elections. Supporters argue that such restrictions are necessary to prevent fraud.
A prominent pollster once said, “When does the pursuit of victory exact to a higher price? When does dishonesty distort democracy?” Politicians, political parties or media that fail to condemn these tactics — as well as broadcasters that air these ads and the consultants that make them — are all complicit in the Koch’s immorality. We as American’s should not stand idly by while the Kochs and their Republican henchman trash this country with their false and mislead- ing
Furthermore, one of the biggest problems faced now by Republicans is how to win the presidential election. The Republican Party has been worried about how to win the Latino votes since this very part of the population has become very important for the electorate. Republicans think that without that important part of the population, it is going to be very difficult for the Party to elect another president in the White House. That shows how impactful Trump 's stand can lead the Republican Party to a big loss because it gives a strong advantage to Democrats that tackle the same question in a very different way. Regarding what as been said, Trump 's stand does not fit the Republican 's strategy.
Assessing Presidential Polls and Who Will Win the Presidency What presidential polls tell us Americans about the race between the candidates. The polls give the people of United States a general idea of who may win the presidential election of that year. The history of political polling has not been the most accurate in the past because the margin of error was large. Past polls have represented the wrong candidate being elected into office, in the early 1900’s and before it was not as advanced as it is today. Since the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the polls have become more accurate.