Victory in November?

Lately, I have read and watched a surprising number of Democratic elites – politicians, pollsters, pundits and media folk – confidently promise victory.       The narrative goes something like this.    November marks the end of Donald Trump’s four-year reign.  Joe Biden needs only to select a running mate, receive formal nomination, and run aContinue reading “Victory in November?”

Is There A Silent Majority?

In the late 1960s, President Nixon popularized the term silent majority.  Nixon defined the silent majority as mainstream Americans who did not join protests against the Vietnam War nor participate in public discourse.  Preoccupied with a vocal minority, the news media overlooked the silent majority.     President Trump believes there is a silent majority asContinue reading “Is There A Silent Majority?”

The Democrats are United

In the last post, analyses of presidential approval ratings revealed two Republican factions.  A large group that strongly approved of President Trump and a smaller group that offered moderate support.  What about the Democratic Party.  Are they united? Or, are there divisions that Republicans could exploit? Disapproval of Trump Recall the presidential approval question:  “DoContinue reading “The Democrats are United”

Republican Approval of Trump: Not as High as You Think

President Trump often celebrates extraordinary high approval ratings from Republicans.  Just this week, Trump wrote, “96% approval rating in the Republican Party.  Thank you!”  Political analysts attribute the high approval to Trump’s laser-like focus on the Republican base.  Over the past 3 and half years, Trump advanced business friendly deregulation policies, significant tax-cuts, appointment ofContinue reading “Republican Approval of Trump: Not as High as You Think”

George Floyd’s death – an isolated incident or sign of broader problems?

It happened yet again.  Captured on video, the killing of another African American man at the hands of police.  The fatal encounter sparked waves of protest and violence across American cities.  While a majority of Americans support on-going protests, partisan disagreement lingers over the extent of the problem.  Are deaths the result of isolated actionsContinue reading “George Floyd’s death – an isolated incident or sign of broader problems?”

A Delicate Balance – Individualism and Government Power – Part 2

At the start of the pandemic, the strong hand of government eliminated social and economic freedoms, striking a new balance between individualism and government power.     Today, as social and economic activity restarts, partisan tensions reappear and are growing.  This signals a return of individaulism.  Can the individualistic spirit thrive in this new enviornment?  Can itContinue reading “A Delicate Balance – Individualism and Government Power – Part 2”

The Pandemic is Now Political – Part 2

This work was written by Mark Joslyn and Louis Joslyn . Louis is a PhD candidate in computational medicine and bioinformatics at the University of Michigan. In Part 1, we introduced the case fatality rate, a measure used by health experts and elected officials to determine the severity of COVID19.  The proportion has become aContinue reading “The Pandemic is Now Political – Part 2”

The Pandemic is now political – Part 1

This work was written by Mark Joslyn and Louis Joslyn . Louis is a PhD candidate in computational medicine and bioinformatics at the University of Michigan. Over the past two months, Americans have relied on the recommendations of scientists and other respected professionals.  Public health officials recommended social distancing and government lockdowns as a meansContinue reading “The Pandemic is now political – Part 1”

From a “Do Nothing” to a “Can Do” Congress

Why does nothing happen in Congress?  With legitimate frustration, people regularly ask me this question.     It does seem we frequently have a “Do Nothing Congress”, a phrase made popular by Harry Truman during his successful 1948 campaign.   In fact, observers noted late last year the lapses of the current Congress, distinguishing itself as oneContinue reading “From a “Do Nothing” to a “Can Do” Congress”