Groupthink and the 2016 election

Groupthink is a communication theory that takes a fascinating look at the dysfunction that can happen in groups where members of the group “invest too much energy in maintaining goodwill” within the group, forming the quintessential echo chamber. Additionally, the group is subject to outside forces such as lack of inadequate counsel, poor decision-making procedures, close-mindedness or a “provocative situation causing much stress in the group.” The symptoms described by Irving Janis, the researcher who came up with the groupthink theory also describe, I believe, what we see in today’s political…

The real work of #NeverTrump begins on November 9

As a loud and proud early member of #NeverTrump, I have focused very heavily on the obvious outcome of proto-fascist Donald Trump staying as far away from political power as possible. Once Trump loses the election (and there is no serious projection that shows otherwise), that means the work is over, right? Wrong. If nothing else, Trump has exposed that there are a lot of people who are furious about a ton of things and are willing to follow along with the first guy who promises to do anything about…

I’m treating McMullin with caution. You should, too.

Utah has basically lost its mind for Evan McMullin, the come-from-nowhere presidential candidate that seems to surprisingly have a decent shot at the state’s electoral votes. I know a lot of people who are either enthusiastic supporters or strongly considering a ballot cast for him. Unfortunately, I see a lot of things that make me extremely skeptical of this man, his background, and his intentions and far too much starry-eyed fangirling over what I can only describe as the “perfect Utah candidate”. Here are some reasons why we should be…

No, we shouldn’t be treating Evan McMullin as a serious candidate

“It’s never too late to do the right thing.” So says long-shot independent candidate Evan McMullin on his campaign website. Yet it’s pretty obvious that sometimes it is too late. He announced a bid for president on August 8 after missing the filing deadline for ballot access in 21 states and having less than a month in 18 more. To date, the only states where he has ballot access are Utah, Colorado, and Minnesota. There’s no huge financial backer funding a media blitz to make up for lost time or provide any…

The Republican Fight-or-Flight Moment

Donald Trump has managed to perform one of the most successful hostile takeovers ever, that of the entire Republican Party. Despite the convention just getting started in Cleveland, he’s made it abundantly clear that dissenters will not be tolerated, his surrogates going so far as to physically threaten multiple opponents. Trump’s vision appears to be crystal clear: he intends to make the Republican Party the Trump Party. The question now for every member of the party who disapproves of this fascistic change is if they plan to stay to fight…

Why #NeverTrump and #NeverHillary are the only sane choices

Fellow Republicans, you know that Trump is an unmoored and unhinged authoritarian. He is a racist and a bigot, two words I rarely use to describe anyone. He thrives on his ignorance and crass machismo that appeals to the basest elements of society. Trump is the ultimate dudebro candidate, bragging about his sexual prowess, conspicuous consumption, and ability to get supporters to beat up opponents as if this would qualify him for anything other than a season or two of Jersey Shore and a few felony assault convictions. This is a…

#NeverTrump silver linings

For those of us in the Never Trump wing of the GOP, Tuesday night was a living nightmare. From day one, we never thought this day would actually come, even though our sense of dread grew with each Trump victory. By the time Tuesday night’s call in Indiana came, I had already consigned myself to it. I think I went through the five stages of grief this last week, knowing what was coming. I’ve now come to acceptance. The GOP nominee is someone I, and many others, can’t support. We…

74 Things I Learned from the GOP Fox News Debate

That Fox News debate may have been the lowest in American history. But I’m getting ahead of myself. On the morning of March 3, 2016, Mitt Romney gave a speech. He said the Republican nominee should be either Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, or John Kasich. He gave the speech that Jeb Bush should have given at any point over the past six months. He spoke about the problems of the future but also of the bright potential we have as a nation. But really, it boiled down to this: Donald…