Who Will Be the Next Senate Pro Tem? (And Other Fun Senate Pro Tem Questions)

It took me two posts last week to make a Four Weeks Out prediction for who wins the Senate at next month's midterm elections. One may ask, "Who cares? Why does it matter who controls the Senate?" Well, with control of the Senate comes so much more -- the party of the Senate Majority Leader,… Continue reading Who Will Be the Next Senate Pro Tem? (And Other Fun Senate Pro Tem Questions)

How Our Parties Switched: Part VII (Conclusion)

Against all odds, you're back. Despite the last six parts of this series, you're here for the seventh. I'm humbled. As your reward, today I really will tell you How Our Parties Switched. For those that arrived here as a result of a googling accident, let's recap my last two posts. Parts I through III… Continue reading How Our Parties Switched: Part VII (Conclusion)

How Our Parties Switched, Parts IV-VI

Parts I through III of "How Our Parties Switched" was all about context. I unpacked the historical meanings of "liberal" and "conservative." We took a look at the political tendencies of the British-American colonists up through the American Revolution and Articles of Confederation period, each a victory for liberals who wanted to change traditional systems… Continue reading How Our Parties Switched, Parts IV-VI

How Our Parties Switched, Parts I-III

(It's a long one today. Perhaps you're prefer podcast form? Available at Apple and Spotify) I'd like to describe you the geographic base and general ideology of an American political party, and see if you can guess which one I'm talking about. This party is stronger in the north than in the south. It's more… Continue reading How Our Parties Switched, Parts I-III

The Presidential Line of Succession (2022)

(Quick note: on Friday, my podcast presented an April Fools Challenge. The answer to that challenge will be at the bottom of today's post. If you haven't listened to it yet, there's still time! Just click on that link.) Four years ago, I ran my original "The Presidential Line of Succession" post during the early… Continue reading The Presidential Line of Succession (2022)

Abortion, Part II: Abortion and the Law (the “right to privacy” & Roe v. Wade)

Remember, today's post will be reissued as an episode on PPFA's new podcast feed, available on Anchor, Spotify, and Apple. Go become a subscriber so you know when the episode drops! Now that we've considered some of the political and philosophical opinions on abortion, let's examine the legal ones. Today's post has three phases: A… Continue reading Abortion, Part II: Abortion and the Law (the “right to privacy” & Roe v. Wade)

The 2022 Midterms, Part I: History & the House

It's good to be back! This week on Presidential Politics for America: PPFA bragsPPFA charts the history of midterm electionsPPFA uses the history of midterm elections to make Democrats sadPPFA makes a Way Too Early prediction, a PPFA specialtyPPFA leaves you wanting more. Or less. First up... some bragging. I've been itching to get back… Continue reading The 2022 Midterms, Part I: History & the House

The Five Most Important General Election Runners Up

From the writer that brought you The Top Five Best Secretaries of State, Five Fascinating Lifespans, The (five) Most Successful Presidential Runs From House Members, and Five Interesting Things about the Declaration of Independence You Might Not Have Known But Now Will, here's another patented "PPFA Top Five." Since Novembers are the month of general elections, I… Continue reading The Five Most Important General Election Runners Up

Ranking Presidents By Length of Tenure

Today is a big day in the Trump Administration. For today, September 16, Donald Trump's presidency is 969 days long, moving him into the 38th longest presidency. But who did he pass? And who are the six men to rank lower than Trump's 2 years and 8 months? And who does he have to catch… Continue reading Ranking Presidents By Length of Tenure

Instructive March Polls for 2020: Day Five — Ageism?

Author's note: This will make more sense if you read Monday's post: Percentage completion of March: 90 Percent progress to February's Visitor number: 90!! This week I'm deploying a desperate attempt to reach February's Visitor count by doing one short (read: under 1000 words) post a day with a theme: some kernel of illuminating information… Continue reading Instructive March Polls for 2020: Day Five — Ageism?