The New York Times reports that Iowa (and presumably other) Democrats are worrying that even though they ‘love’ her, Warren is not as ‘electable’ as, say, Biden. I suspect there is a gender tax that female presidential candidates must pay of a few percent, so this is not a crazy thing to worry about. But Warren is a lot more ‘likeable’ and natural than Hilary Clinton, who had suffered the misfortune of living in a goldfish bowl for decades and had become too cautious in public. Warren (like, incidentally, Booker) comes off as genuine in a way that I think will sell.
Category Archives: 2020 Election
Master Florida psephologist Steve Schale does a deep dive as to why the road to winning Florida is the I-4 corridor (that’s the Orlando to Tampa link in the middle of the state). The rest of us, it seems, are fairly predictable. Another nugget: some of the swing vote in the I-4 area are transplantees from the mid-West. (Does that make it Biden country?)
News that (long-ago) former Senator Mike Gravel is joining the scrum that is the Democratic Presidential primary made me think not just of the GOP’s Harold Stassen, but also provides an occasion for me to re-run what just might be the all-time zaniest Presidential campaign video, from the Gravel campaign a dozen or so years ago:
Bonus fact: This time, Gravel’s, er, unorthodox campaign is run by an orthodox Jewish teenager.
Three things that caught my eye this morning:
- Elizabeth Warren took a DNA test, and is calling Donald Trump’s bluff to donate $1 million to the charity of her choice if it shows Native American ancestry. The test probably does, although the general unwillingness of Native American groups to be genotyped requires more interpolation than usual to reach that conclusion. (Here’s the text of the full report if you care.) Meanwhile, of course, Trump quickly denied ever making the promise.
- Someone posted a video of a Max Mandelbrot zoom to 10E+1116. (Via Boingboing)
- MIT announced it will create a new college for interdisciplinary AI studies. The impoverished institution will start with $1 billion to play with. For two decades I’ve said if MIT had a law school that would be my dream job. This would do nicely, however: How do I apply to teach in the Legal & Policy Dept?