You know who’s really happy about the way Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is going? Political scientists.
[ Request to admins - please drop the "2008 from the category "filter the vote 2008" ]
This year, we’re seeing the end of a partisan realignment, and the beginning of a policy one — and U.S. politics is about to change big-time.
cc: filter the vote 2016
The Official Donald Drumpf website.

Republican Party leaders have dismissed Donald Trump as “just” a celebrity since last summer. Yet, as much as the Republican establishment might want to deny it, Trump’s improbable candidacy in the 2016 presidential election is actually a product of the GOP’s decision 60 years ago to elevate actors to the rank of politicians. And Trump’s loss in last night’s Iowa caucuses does nothing to change the pattern.


By Kathryn Cramer Brownell

"Consider that half of all the babies born last year in the United States were nonwhite. Not in Iowa, of course, one of the whitest states in the nation. On Monday, if the Republican caucus is anything like the 2012 turnout, 99 percent of the attendants will be white. That’s not even the United States of 1816, let alone this year.


Trump can call for a police state pogrom against 11 million people and be rewarded, because a majority of Republican caucusgoers are white, native-born and believe that electing a demagogue will make American white again."

Western Illinois University, the only entity that’s predicted every single presidential election with 100 percent accuracy since 1975, just announced that its mock election sent Sen. Sanders and Martin O’Malley (D-Md.) to the White House in 2016 as President and Vice President, respectively.

Jerry takes President Barack Obama for a spin in a 1963 Corvette Stingray Split Window Coupe but finds it hard to spirit the leader of the free world off the White House grounds.

The Rhode Island Name Change Amendment, also known as Question 1, will appear on the November 2, 2010 ballot in the state of Rhode Island as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would change the state's official name from "State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations" to "Rhode Island".  
 
(It didn't pass)
Denver voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a ballot measure that would have required the city to create the world's first government-sanctioned extraterrestrial-affairs commission.  
 
Initiative 300, as the proposal was labeled, went down in flames, according to incomplete vote tallies from the City Clerk's Office. More than 84 percent of voters rejected the idea.
The Democratic National Committee formally has asked the Pentagon for reams of correspondence between military agencies and nine potential Republican presidential candidates, a clear indication that Democrats are building opposition-research files on specific 2012 contenders even before the midterm elections.
If you happen to receive a call from someone who says they're phoning on behalf of Organizing for America (OFA)—the successor group to Barack Obama's campaign machine—don't be surprised if he or she implores you to vote for tea party favorites like Sharron Angle, Christine O'Donnell, or Rand Paul, or merely lambasts health care reform. The caller won't actually be a member of Obama's 13-million strong legion of campaign supporters, but rather a tea party prankster who has access to your personal information, thanks to OFA's privacy-challenged get-out-the-vote (GOTV) campaign.  
 
Ahead of the midterms, OFA, which was folded into the Democratic National Committee following Obama's election, has created an online "virtual" phone bank ostensibly for use by Democratic volunteers. As of Monday, the web page provided the names of Democrats who voted in 2008 but who aren't always regular voters, plus their phone numbers, ages, locations, and party affiliations.  
 
Anyone can access the information without so much as logging in.
Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards admits in a written statement to NBC's "Today" that he is the father of Frances Quinn Hunter, the 1-year-old daughter of his former mistress, Rielle Hunter.
You've probably heard by now that the House has passed the Democratic Party's version of healthcare reform legislation, thankfully including an amendment to specifically bar funding of abortion. You've also likely heard that one Republican voted for the Democrats' final version, HR 3962.  
 
It took no time at all for the cries of "Traitor!" and "RINO!" to emerge on my TweetDeck from the many patriots I follow on Twitter. These tweets emerged even before anyone had learned the name of the Republican responsible, Congressman Joseph Cao (pronounced "Gow") of Louisiana. It truly escaped me, personally, how any Republican could have voted for this legislation........until I heard the name "Joseph Cao". My own dismay then turned away from the heretofore unnamed Republican and toward those who were calling for his proverbial head. You see, I understand why he did it........and I respect him greatly for it.  
 
In order to understand why Cao voted for the bill, you have to know who Joseph Cao is and what his district is like. This story from USNEWS will provide some necessary background information. You can call for Joseph Cao's head all you like, but unless you live in his district, you cannot vote him out. Like it or not, Cao is from a liberal district........and he voted the way his constituents demanded. For this reason, my hat is off to him.
Rob Miller left the Marine Corps in 2008 to offer South Carolina fresh ideas and innovative solutions. His message was heard loud and clear: Joe Wilson got the race of his life. Rob got over 46% of the vote, with very little funds, and now he's running for Congress in 2010--and needs your help!  
 
It is time that South Carolina had new leadership in Washington that will cross party lines to serve the people of the 2nd Congressional District. It is time for a leader who will fight for our veterans, build our economy, and improve our education system.  
 
Together we can insure that Rob’s message of new leadership is heard throughout the district. We can begin the process of changing South Carolina and ushering in a new generation of leadership.
As newly anointed Minnesota Senator Al Franken prepares to take his seat in Washington, a new survey published today indicates that a majority of Minnesota voters can no longer remember whether or not they voted for him.