Category: Politics

Vicente for Presidente

Most people (Donald Trump excluded), once they reach a certain level of respectability, try to behave, you know, respectably. Thank god Vicente Fox, president of Mexico until 2006, got sick of that and started speaking his true mind.

If you want to see him trying to make a reasoned argument you can, but this sampling of off the rail rants are fantastic…

A MESSAGE TO DONALD TRUMP:

VICENTE FOR PRESIDENTE:

Jimmy Carter, step down. Vicente Fox, you are now officially my favorite former world leader and you have my vote!

The Democratic field – where they’re from, by state

A simple visualization of what state these folks are from (and easy mapping is one of the few things that Google Sheets does that Excel doesn’t!).

Where the candidates are from, by state:

Key:

State Name(s)
CO Michael Bennet, John Hickenlooper
DE Joseph R. Biden Jr.
NJ Cory Booker
MT Steve Bullock
IN Pete Buttigieg
TX Julián Castro, Beto O’Rourke
MD John Delaney
NY Bill de Blasio, Kirsten Gillibrand, Andrew Yang
HI Tulsi Gabbard
CA Kamala Harris, Eric, Swalwell, Marianne Williamson
WA Jay Inslee
MN Amy Klobuchar
FL Wayne Messam
MA Seth Moulton, Elizabeth Warren
OH Tim Ryan
VT Bernie Sanders

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Democratic field, a visualization redux

It seems like the Democratic field is baked in and with the debates looming, figured I’d update this view from about 4 months back.

Democrats by age, redux

This is the same chart as I made yesterday except, in addition to the colored bars which represent the age when they become president (and shows the full 8 years of their term), I ALSO overlaid the average life expectancy* (yellow diamonds) for that candidate based on the year they were born (I couldn’t make Google sheets do it so had to use Excel instead).

Obviously as time goes on, life expectancies have been increasing so I find it encouraging that most of the oldies running here are much closer to their average life expectancies than Reagan was. As such, depending on the problems that Reagan did or didn’t have, it seems that this is a much smaller concern for us going forward with this lot (except for maybe Bernie who is only slightly below his average than Reagan was for his (24 years vs. 27 for Reagan)).

Democrats by age

Ok, here is a view by age. The bars represent their age when (if!) they become president and shows the full 8 years of their term.

There are basically 3 groups here – the first are the kids, in their late 30s/early 40s, they would be younger than JFK by 4-5 years if they win to become the youngest US president by far. The mid-tier, from their mid-50s to late 60s makes up the bulk of the bunch. Finally, the oldies will be in their late 70s or older when they start. Elizabeth Warren would be the oldest president ever if she went 2 terms and Bernie would be the oldest president ever on day 1!

Frankly, I didn’t realize that Trump was older when Reagan when they started, so if he serves 2 terms, he will be the oldest president we have ever had.

Democratic field, a visualization

I feel like I’m a little late in getting up to speed on the rolling circus that will be the Democratic field for president. Working on some interesting visualizations… here is a start looking at prior government experience…

Pop Quiz, they’re all children

Following are 2 conversations I have recently heard (one is loosely paraphrased)… one was had between 60 year olds and one was between 6 year olds. Your goal is to determine which is which…

Conversation #1:
“I want to play with blocks”
“No”
“Well, I’m going to take all my money and go home”
“Fine, go ahead”
“I’m all alone, poor me”
“Yeah? And you cant come to my birthday party”
“Oh yeah?? Well, you can’t play with my airplanes”

Conversation #2
“Alexa, play ‘life is fun'”
“I’m sorry, i don’t know ‘big white bun'”

Robert debates Rafael… I mean Beto O’Rourke debates Ted Cruz

Both Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke and Rafael Edward Cruz joined the federal legislature representing Texas in 2013 – Beto in the House and Cruz in the Senate. Both are now vying for the next term of Cruz’s job in the Senate and the fact that a Republican incumbent in Texas has agreed to debates show just how tight things have become.

Some thoughts on the first debate from September 21st… Continue reading

Priebus Zoo

In the new Bob Woodward book, Fear: Trump in the White House, he vividly quotes Reince Priebus on the chaos of the Trump White House’s decision making. “When you put a snake and a rat and a falcon and a rabbit and a shark and a seal in a zoo without walls, things start getting nasty and bloody. That’s what happens.”

Reince Priebus Zoo
Frankly doesn’t look so bad to me.