Hans Noel

Asking the Right Questions About the Polls

Everyone knows the polls are wrong. We just don’t all agree on why. I don’t know anyone who thinks Donald Trump is going to be the Republican nominee for president, any more than Kang or Kodos were going to be. National parties don’t nominate cartoon characters for president. So what are we to make of… Read more »

This is How the Party Decides

According to Politico, Donald Trump has lost the Koch Brothers primary. The Kochs have declined to let Trump buy into their campaign dataset and have kept him off the agenda of campaign gatherings they host. They don’t like him, and it matters. And it can’t just be that they have money. Even if Trump is… Read more »

Netroots Nation: Ideology is a Coalition

AFGE/Flickr On Saturday, at a Netroots Nation town hall, two elements of the ideological left got into a fight. While Democratic presidential candidates Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders attended the town hall, angling for the support of the ideological progressive elements of the Democratic Party, protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement took over the… Read more »

Interdisciplinary Podcast on the 2016 Election

I’ve just learned about a new interdisciplinary podcast on the 2016 U.S. presidential election (mostly because they’ve asked me to participate). Campaign Context is sponsored the John Morton Center for North American Studies at the University of Turku in Finland, and hosted by Ph.D. candidate Oscar Winberg. The podcast is interesting to me for two… Read more »

For Fear of an Unguarded Comment, All Comments Will Be Guarded

There’s a chance this post is just an excuse to show a cute picture of a meerkat. My news feed is breathlessly telling me about Meerkat, the new social media platform touted at SXSW that makes it really easy to livestream video from your phone to Twitter. I’m told it’s a game changer, which is… Read more »