Stealing Elections, Media Madness, Democrats and White Voters, A New Political Party(?)

10 days after the 2020 presidential election, Mike urges calm and makes a case for why nobody is going to steal this election. He argues that not only is President Trump well within his rights to challenge results in key states, but it might actually be the right thing to do. That said, he also thinks that there’s an important difference between supporting President Trump’s right to launch legal battles and supporting his extraordinary claims absent sufficient evidence.

After that, Mike takes a look at the White vote and wonders why it is that a Democratic presidential candidate hasn’t been the choice of a majority of White voters in over half a century. He thinks that a political party based on economic populism and without the baggage of the left or the right would have widespread appeal, and is even working to set up a party like that and possibly even run for office himself. (Yes, he knows how outlandish that sounds. Then again, if someone had told him as late as 2014 that Donald Trump would be the next President of The United States…)

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4 replies on “Stealing Elections, Media Madness, Democrats and White Voters, A New Political Party(?)”

It’s very hard to navigate information while knowing I’m in an echo chamber.

I try to keep that in mind when listening to this GS like this.

In my own echo chamber, which is fairly left leaning, I have not seen one article or hot take asking what Republicans can do to appeal to non-white voters.

All I’ve seen are an echo of all I saw in 2016, which are thinkpieces reflecting on what Democrats can do to appeal to white voters.

Can anyone point me to an example of the former? Where is this discourse regarding Republicans and non-white voters taking place?

Hi Lorenzo – thanks for commenting. While a news search on the GOP and non-white voters won’t turn up much right now, that’s because Donald Trump seems to have done slightly better with non-White voters in 2020 than he did in 2016. But there’s been a bunch of analyses of the GOP and non-White voters over the past few decades. If you’d like to check out some of those analyses, probably the best search would be ‘GOP demographics future’ (not in quotes), which, for me, yielded plenty of material. Hope this helps! – Mike

Enjoyed your podcast.
I really like your discussion of a “center” or “moderate” party (forget what you called it), and look forward to seeing what you come up with re: platform proposal.
I agree with John Kasich, who recently said most Americans want to live in the middle. The far left almost lost Biden the election this time (or very much hurt what should have been a much stronger showing for him) by not squashing notions of socialism and defunding police. I think many on the “left” don’t want to be so extreme, and many right leaning republicans want nothing to do with Trumpism. With such allegiances to partisanship in this country, perhaps these people need a new party to support.

It seems like the strength of the party would come from its ability to take from the D or R party to form its ranks, and even during “execution”.
There’s always a moderate take on issues, that likely even makes more sense to the pragmatic among us.
The party would always have the flexibility to join forces with D or R parties (gaining quick strength in numbers) in the event either of those parties put up an acceptably moderate candidate during elections, or took a more moderate stance on an issue or bill.

Thanks! I’m working on that platform as well as an overarching philosophy, which I believe will be based on the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. I’ll definitely be giving everyone updates on the podcast. – Mike

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