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…

What’s Left For the Democratic Party

The world’s oldest active political party now faces a historic identity crisis after Donald Trump’s upset victory over Hillary Clinton two weeks ago. In hindsight, this ideological void should not have been completely unexpected given Bernie Sanders’ strong challenge against Clinton for the party’s nomination during the primaries. But it was the general consensus among party leaders that any healing of wounds inflicted as a result of party infighting would be tempered by the fact that one of their own would be stewarding the ship of state while the kinks…

Hillary’s October Surprise

For an historically calamitous presidential election cycle, Hillary Clinton’s campaign was handed a deafening blow just a week out from Election Day. In an October that broke historically low ground for scandal and controversy, mudslinging, and inflammatory remarks, it is altogether fitting that the month culminated with what has been the crème de la crème of controversies this election cycle: Clinton’s emails. FBI Director James Comey’s ostensibly impromptu decision to reopen the probe on Clinton’s emails after discovery of new revelations linked to the server of vilified former congressman Anthony…

Don’t be fooled. Trump loves the media

As the Trump campaign continues to face roadblocks that would normally encumber a presidential nominee’s road to the White House, the business-mogul-turned-politician has accused the media of conspiring against him to deny him the seat in the Oval Office. His crusade against the media, and the democratic institution itself, climaxed in the third debate when he told the nation that he might be unwilling to accept the terms of the election granted a Clinton victory. Since then, Trump’s attacks on the media have run unabated. But does the Republican nominee…

Clinton WikiLeaks Allude to Slippery Strategizing

Over the past week, WikiLeaks has been releasing fractions of the reportedly 50,000 emails the organization has hacked from John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman. The Clinton campaign has postulated insidious motives behind this email release, accusing WikiLeaks of playing into the hands of the Russian government and trying to tamper with election results, but it has not denied the veracity of the leaked information. Of particular interest are email threads in which top campaign advisors flagged excerpts of Clinton speeches that are potentially damaging to her presidential run. These…

More WikiLeaks on Hillary Clinton

As part of a continuation of hacks targeting the Clinton campaign throughout this election cycle, last Friday’s revelations forced her campaign onto the defensive, as the leaks framed her as someone with uncomfortably close ties to Wall Street. In these leaked excerpts of speeches to major financial institutions, Clinton spoke of reforming Wall Street “from [within] the industry itself,” which might draw the ire of disenchanted supporters of Bernie Sanders, who repeatedly throughout his campaign urged the former secretary of state to release the transcripts of speeches she had made…

The Making of a Failed State: Lessons from the “Humanitarian” Bombing Campaign in Libya

Libya once stood as the triumphant case study of Western intervention in the Middle East. In the immediate wake of the military victory, war advocates pointed to the ousting of Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi as proof that their war was a success. Intervention opponents were mocked as the New York Times declared that Libya should be seen as a model of success for other Arab revolutions. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron were applauded as benevolent visionaries for intervening on a “purely humanitarian basis” as they…

Are Superdelegates Super Bad?

Both the Republican and Democratic Parties are dealing with a voting base divided between establishment and anti-establishment supporters. The Democrats’ problems, though, are more systematic. Specifically, their superdelegate system is seen as a threat to Bernie Sanders’s supporters. In turn, Hillary Clinton’s supporters face the threat that if their candidate is the nominee, the Sanders supporters won’t vote for her, handing the election over to the Republican nominee. If this set up is causing such a problem for the party, should the Democrats just do away with the superdelegate system?…