Why is the press such a useful idiot when it comes to conservative lies, diversions, conspiracy theories, and other transparent manipulations? Prospect theory and loss aversion hold the answers, but it don’t make it no better. Can one of our pillars of democracy stand up and save our democracy? Please? Does it have to be We The People? I guess so.
With so much at stake — literally the survival of our democracy — in the 2020 election, who will be the Dem candidate? Who will be the best candidate? How will the debates affect the race? I go over the criteria I’ll use to evaluate the first debate winner in the run up to live-blogging the live-streaming of the debates.
How much does the “media narrative” affect the Democratic presidential primary? How do the things that the Ol’ Pussy Grabber saying about specific Democratic candidates, the candidates are saying about each other, or that the media is reporting about them? How can we resist these influences? Find out in this post.
We may not be able to predict who the Dem candidate for president will be, but can we predict the type of candidate? What does the danger and craziness of Trump do to the psyche of the electorate as we head into the 2020 election cycle?
Trump’s approval rating has been amazing consistent, low, but consistent. Is that the new normal? Is it due to partisan politics? Is it due to a cult of personality? Or could it be due to the peak-end heuristic?
A re-blogging of an interview of March Hetherington by Exra Klein on Vox.com. They discuss Hetherington and Weiler’s theory that the political divide between Repubes and Dems is based on how each side views the world. The Repubes view the world as fundamentally dangerous, the Dems as safer. I add that makes Repubes risk averse and Dems risk tolerant. Let me know what you think in the comments.