Kids at play

uscapitalHere they go with judicial nominations again. Not a single statesmen among the lot of them just a bunch of politicians doing what they do best in Washington DC.

As I posted earlier have 5 set days on which the nomination is brought to a confirmation vote; 20 days after, 40 days, 60 days, 90 days, and 120 days. It is automatically brought to a vote the first sitting of the Senate 60 days after the nomination. The Senate by 75 votes can bring it to a vote 20 days after the nomination, by 67 votes 40 days after, by 34 votes 90 days after, and by 50 votes delay the confirmation vote till 120 days after appointment. Super majorities can bring a nomination forward in time and minorities can delay the confirmation vote. Majorities can not suppress the minority and the minorities can not block the majority. The Senate has every right to confirm and every right to reject but no right to do this routine they do for everything now. Congress has become not just dysfunctional but almost inoperable.

I would change the vote needed to confirm judicial appointments. For the lower courts and appeal courts a 2/3 majority of those senators present and voting with at least 51 senators voting. For all Supreme court appointments an absolute 2/3 majority or 67 votes for confirmation.

GW Bush / Al Gore

bushgoreAn interesting question is do the Democrats have a built-in advantage in the electoral college? I came up with the idea to recalculate the last presidential elections so that the Republican and Democratic candidates got the same vote, an exact 50/50 popular vote split. So here’s the result for 2000. I calculated to the nearest thousand votes and to 4 decimal places.

GW Bush 50,456,000 votes / Gore 51,000,000 votes / Equal votes for each 50,728,000

Multiple Bush’s  vote by 1.0054 / Multiple Gore’s vote by 0.9947 / Do this for their vote in each state and the District of Columbia. What happens?

The electoral votes of the states of Wisconsin (11) and New Mexico (5) go from Al Gore to GW Bush. The change in electoral votes for the candidates?

GW Bush got 271 electoral votes (50.3%) with a 50/50 popular vote split it’s 287 electoral votes (53%).

Kerry got 267 electoral votes (49.7%) with a 50/50 popular vote split it’s 251 electoral votes (47%).

GW Bush / Kerry

bushkerryAn interesting question is do the Democrats have a built-in advantage in the electoral college? I came up with the idea to recalculate the last presidential elections so that the Republican and Democratic candidates got the same vote, an exact 50/50 popular vote split. So here’s the result for 2004. I calculated to the nearest thousand votes and to 4 decimal places.

GW Bush 62,040,000 votes / Kerry 59,028,000 votes / Equal votes for each 60,534,000

Multiple Bush’s  vote by 0.9757 / Multiple Kerry’s vote by 1.0255 / Do this for their vote in each state and the District of Columbia. What happens?

The electoral votes of the states of Ohio (20) and New Mexico (5) go from GW Bush to Kerry. The change in electoral votes for the candidates?

GW Bush got 286 electoral votes (53%) with a 50/50 popular vote split it’s 261 electoral votes (48.5%).

Kerry got 252 electoral votes (47%) with a 50/50 popular vote split it’s 277 electoral votes (51.5%).

Obama / McCain

obama-mccain-debateAn interesting question is do the Democrats have a built-in advantage in the electoral college? I came up with the idea to recalculate the last presidential elections so that the Republican and Democratic candidates got the same vote, an exact 50/50 popular vote split. So here’s the result for 2008. I calculated to the nearest thousand votes and to 4 decimal places.

Obama 69,498,000 votes / McCain 59,948,000 votes / Equal votes for each 64,723,000

Multiple Obama’s  vote by 0.9313 / Multiple McCain’s vote by 1.0797 / Do this for their vote in each state and the District of Columbia. What happens?

The electoral votes of the states of Florida (27), Indiana (11), North Carolina (15), Ohio (20), and Virginia (13) go from Obama to McCain. The change in electoral votes for the candidates?

Obama got 365 electoral votes (69%) with a 50/50 popular vote split it’s 279 electoral votes (52%).

McCain got 173 electoral votes (31%) with a 50/50 popular vote split it’s 259 electoral votes (48%).

50/50

image10An interesting question is do the Democrats have a built-in advantage in the electoral college? I came up with the idea to recalculate the last presidential elections so that the Republican and Democratic candidates got the same vote, an exact 50/50 popular vote split. So here’s the result for 2012. I calculated to the nearest thousand votes and to 4 decimal places.

Obama 65,916,000 votes / Romney 60,934,000 votes / Equal votes for each 63,425,000

Multiple Obama’s  vote by 0.9622 / Multiple Romney’s vote by 1.0409 / Do this for their vote in each state and the District of Columbia. What happens?

The electoral votes of the states of Florida (29) and Ohio (18) go from Obama to Romney. The change in electoral votes for the candidates?

Obama got 332 electoral votes (62%) with a 50/50 popular vote split it’s 285  electoral votes (53%).

Romney got 206 electoral votes (38%) with a 50/50 popular vote split it’s 253 electoral votes (47%).

Why Now?

trumpEverybody has it in bunches over the latest Donald “Mr.Mouth”Trump statement. A lot of people who said they support him or at least didn’t come out against him NOW are all a twitter and tweeting like never before. Really! all this is nothing new about Mr.Trump. In my opinion he has said a lot worse things during the primaries and since getting the nomination. That video should be no revelation to anybody, just a gross example and confirmation of who and what Mr.Trump is. So Why all the fuss now? I’m not surprised, it’s all in character, on the crude side, nothing new however, Why are some acting like they are just realizing what the GOP nominee is? Nothing new in that video, So Why now?