The Hidden Voices of Vanderbilt

The Hidden Voices of Vanderbilt

With the 2016 election finally behind us, some have hoped that the divisiveness that marked it would cease.  Unfortunately, as Donald Trump’s administration begins, we remain bitterly divided.  In the hopes of finding common ground between sides, I reached out to two members of the Vanderbilt community.  One is an...

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The Democratic establishment owes Bernie Sanders a debt of gratitude

The Democratic establishment owes Bernie Sanders a debt of gratitude

Bernie Sanders’s campaign for the Democratic nomination has thrown a wrench into Hillary Clinton’s coronation. Several months ago, Sanders polled in the single digits and was widely panned as ‘your crazy socialist uncle.’ Recently, his polling numbers have pulled to within a few percentage points of Clinton’s. The RealClearPolitics polling...

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What will it take to topple Trump?

When Donald trump first announced his candidacy, most observers had a good laugh. Political comedian John Stewart described it as “a gift from heaven,” sure to provide endless material for his last few episodes as host of The Daily Show. It was, in his words, a sort of “comedy hospice.”...

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The 2016 Nominations: Twilight of the Idols

As a freshman I took an intro political science course in which our instructor made the prediction that Hillary Clinton would become the next president. He presented Clinton as inevitable: “Hillary Clinton will be the next president.” When students brought up counter-points and questions about contingency: “Hillary Clinton will be...

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The Trouble With Elections

The Trouble With Elections

It’s easy to find institutions in politics that are broken. This column strives to do something more difficult: find ways to fix them. Each month, I will tackle a new issue, and in a series of columns, I will lay out possible solutions.” Welcome to the November edition of Mr....

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