Democrats, Embrace Morality

For many Democrats, election night marked the execution of Order 66. And no, Order 66 is not a referendum on California’s ballot. It was a command given to the clone troopers by Chancellor Palpatine to kill the Jedi, effectively sealing the fate of the Republic and beginning the transition into the malevolent Empire in the Star Wars universe. That scene from “Revenge of the Sith” is significant for depicting how virtually half the country felt on Nov. 8th — ambushed. Polls, statistics, and models were wrong — even Nate Silver…

The Electoral College after 2016

A divided nation produced an astonishingly divided result in the presidential election on Nov. 8. While Donald Trump, the billionaire business magnate, captured enough Electoral College votes to secure the presidency, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earned more popular votes. Currently, she stands over two million votes ahead of the president-elect. This occurrence illustrates a divide between urban and rural America, which received little focus leading up to the general election. The Electoral College, as defined by the National Archives, was established by the founding fathers “as a compromise…

The Fall of the Southern Democrats

The 2014 midterm elections — the nation’s largest midterm landslide in nearly a century — marked a political watershed for the Southern states in particular. Only four years ago, at the 2010 midterms, Democratic congressmen remained cautiously hopeful that their party could hold its ground — what remained of it — in the South. Arkansas congressman Vic Snyder even went on record saying he felt there would be many moderate Democrats in the South come next election cycle. However, even as analysts warned against writing off the Southern Democrats prematurely,…

FPR Interviews – Kim Strassel

Kim Strassel is a member of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, and the author of the newspaper’s weekly “Potomac Watch” column. She was a guest of the Fordham University College Republicans on Monday, October 6th to speak in Keating 3rd Auditorium on the consequences of the 2014 midterm elections. College Republicans President Benjamin Shull, who is also Editor-in-Chief of the Fordham Political Review, sat down with her after her lecture. In your recent column in the Wall Street Journal “Why Nancy Pelosi Is Smiling” (op-ed, Sept. 25), you note…

Political Pragmatism in California’s 52nd Congressional District

It’s October 2014 and it is all about the Senate. Although our biennial midterm elections include the House the Representatives as well, coverage of the lower chamber has been minimal this cycle. All eyes are on the U.S. Senate and whether Harry Reid’s Democratic Party will cling to its slim majority or if the GOP will win the net six seats needed to flip control of the upper chamber. Polls certainly point to the latter case being more likely, but with a month to go until Election Day, both possibilities remain…

Race for the Senate 2014: A Cheat Sheet

With the current situation in the Senate, the Republican Party would need a net gain of six seats in order to take back control from the Democrats. Of the ten closest elections listed below, Democrats hold eight of the seats and the Republicans hold two. Already, three races (West Virginia, Montana, and South Dakota) are solid Republican pick-ups from the Democrats. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) have decided to retire from politics in these two red states. Former Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) was selected earlier in…