As news of 's shocking loss sinks in, many Clinton supporters looking for someone to blame are pointing fingers at a familiar scapegoat: people who voted outside the two-party system.
Pundits are already trying to blame Libertarian Gary Johnson and me, the Green party candidate, for Trump's win. For example, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow concocted a scenario in which by taking every Stein vote and half of Johnson's votes, Clinton could have grabbed enough states from Trump to eke out an electoral college win, a story repeated by CNN. Unwilling to accept that Clinton didn't motivate enough voters to win the presidency, and explore the reasons why, many pundits are instead looking to put responsibility for the loss onto others.
First the facts: if every single Stein voter had voted for Clinton, Clinton still lost. read more
Jonathan Tasini, CNN: There is only one silver lining in yesterday's election results, which will allow a con man, a pathological liar, a bold racist and a sexual predator to succeed the first African-American president. We can now launch a difficult but urgent mission -- shaking the Democratic Party down to its foundation, ejecting the failed Bill/Hillary Clinton economic and global worldview and standing up for a set of populist, sound economic and foreign policy principles that could earn majority support. read more
As Nov. 8 draws nearer and the presidential between and reaches a fever pitch, undecided voters are feeling the pressure to make up their minds on who to support. The two major party candidates running for president have drawn both fierce defenders and vicious critics. Some are even saying that they would rather not vote than be forced to cast a vote for either Clinton or Trump. Well, listen up unenthused voters, Nevada has the answer for you.
In a peculiar turn of events, Nevada's ballots list "none of these candidates" as a voting option. It is the only state in the nation to provide this choice for its residents. read more
Canada made a rare appearance in a US presidential debate Sunday when accused of wanting to turn America's health system into a "catastrophic" single-payer one like Canada's.
"You've noticed," he said, "the Canadians, when they need a big operation, they come into the United States in many cases, because their system is so slow."
This idea is often floated by critics of universal health care on both sides of the border.
But the best-available research shows it's simply not true. Canadians are not fleeing en masse to the US seeking medical care.
Whatever arguments we've had about the polls this week will soon be swamped by the reaction to Monday's presidential debate. As a rough guide, I'd expect us to have some initial sense of how the debate has moved the numbers by Thursday or Friday based on quick-turnaround polls, and a clearer one by next Sunday or so, when an array of higher-quality polls will begin to report their post-debate results as well. But in the meantime, let's take one more step back and ask our usual collection of 10 questions about where the presidential race stands.