Two Days In: Catching Up with the Election, Narratives, & PPFA’s Divinity

All right, ten straight days is probably all you're getting out of me. I have a real job and, though few believe it, a real wife and kids. Let's look at where things stand with Presidential Politics for America's "Five Headlines of the Day." Headline Number 1: PPFA's Presidential Prognostication is Perfect... Perhaps You'll recall… Continue reading Two Days In: Catching Up with the Election, Narratives, & PPFA’s Divinity

Zero Days Out: Final Predictions

I did it! After a long layoff, PPFA has delivered on its promise of one post per day for the last week of the election. I'm not sure whether to say "You're welcome" or "Sorry," so I'll just say: I'm so grateful to have you here. But enough about me. Let's talk about you. Let's… Continue reading Zero Days Out: Final Predictions

One Day Out: Your 2020 Election Viewing Guide

Tomorrow, it ends. Or, rather, tomorrow is the beginning of the end. Or maybe it's the end of the beginning? Who knows anymore. Though days of counting ballots will ensue, we hope that tomorrow, by the wee hours, we'll have enough hard data and projectable data to determine who will win the House, Senate, and… Continue reading One Day Out: Your 2020 Election Viewing Guide

Two Days Out: Presidential Politics for America Op-Ed

For a few years now, my "About the Writer" page labels me a "radical moderate." At first I thought it a cute, oxymoronic coupling of words, but I've since grown to proudly wear the label. I feel confident in few political positions; I neither watch cable news nor subscribe to slanted newsletters, so I haven't… Continue reading Two Days Out: Presidential Politics for America Op-Ed

Six Days Out: The Race for the Presidency

Yesterday, I determined that the safest bet of this election was that the House of Representatives stays in Democratic hands. In contrast, I wouldn't feel confident wagering on the the presidential and Senate results. Of the two, I feel more confident -- or, that is, less unconfident -- in the presidential race, so today it… Continue reading Six Days Out: The Race for the Presidency

Where Have You Gone, Ken Bone? (Our Nation Turns Its Nervous Eyes to You)

(Author’s note: You’ll be relieved to know PPFA’s frequent, turgid posts are not permanently back after a six-month hiatus. I found the time and motivation to make a single post with a take on where this election is headed. Just give me 20 minutes of your time, then I’ll leave you alone again.) It’s an… Continue reading Where Have You Gone, Ken Bone? (Our Nation Turns Its Nervous Eyes to You)

The Fortnight That Was: Debate Thresholds, Bernie’s Official, Amendment 25, and Bill Weld

Hello again, dear readers, and happy March. The political season has come into this month like a lion, but I very much doubt it will leave as a lamb. Over the last two weeks, PPFA stuck to history, including a Presidents' Day ranking and a bloated piece on Western history's ninth most influential figure, Karl… Continue reading The Fortnight That Was: Debate Thresholds, Bernie’s Official, Amendment 25, and Bill Weld

Halfway There: After a Midterm Loss, How Do Trump’s Re-Election Chances Compare to That of His Predecessors?

It's been two years since President Trump's inauguration -- and two months since the Democratic Party had its most successful House midterm since Watergate. Now that all the votes are finally counted, we know that the Democrats did better than we thought on midterm night. Their 40-to-41-seat gain outstripped even the Democratic wave election of… Continue reading Halfway There: After a Midterm Loss, How Do Trump’s Re-Election Chances Compare to That of His Predecessors?

Taking Stock of the Contenders for the Democratic Nomination

Yesterday I took my final look back on the 2018 midterms before pivoting to the next Biggest Election Ever: the 2020 presidential. Specifically, I previewed what will ultimately be a straight-forward Republican Primary -- or, at least as straight-forward as anything can be while still involving Donald Trump. Today we move over to the more… Continue reading Taking Stock of the Contenders for the Democratic Nomination

The Implications of Trump’s Rising Polls

One year ago, I wrote about President Trump's inevitable rise in the polls. I brought up how Democrats organized protests throughout President Nixon's first term before he earned his 49-state re-election. I noted President Reagan's early unpopularity -- even worse than Trump's right now -- before he, too, won 49 states.  And now, Gallup has given… Continue reading The Implications of Trump’s Rising Polls