Lee Drutman (@leedrutman )

Lee Drutman

Bio Political scientist / Senior fellow @NewAmerica / Contributor @FiveThirtyEight / Lecturer @JHUGovStudies / Podcast - politicsinquestion.com
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Account created 10-08-2010 19:09:17
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Twitter Web App : So, this is from the new issue of Washingtonian Magazine, Top Washington Influencers special. They decided to add some think tankers to feature this year. Guess the pickings were slim. (I know, false modesty. Humble brag. But arent we all just acting a part here anyway?)

Twitter Web App : Last tweet in this thread: Via Lee Drutman, the Senate for many decades has overrepresented Republicans (& conservative Southern Dems before that). Senate GOP has rarely ever represented more people than Dems since 1980 but has won power many times since fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-s…

Twitter Web App : NEW: We calculated 3 decades of the Senate popular vote & how many people each party represented. The results are astonishing: The GOP hasnt won more votes or represented more people than Dems since the 1990s but has run the Senate > half the time since dailykos.com/stories/2021/2…

Twitter Web App : I think this thoughtful op-ed from Nick Troiano has a lot of smart stuff. But it’s very unsatisfying. I think this passage gets to the crux of the problem with so much of the way we think about party reform. 1/

thehill.com/opinion/campai…

Twitter Web App : "Obama asked Democrats to kill the filibuster and pass a voting rights bill because it was the right thing to do. But there’s a stronger argument"
As per usual, b-boy bouiebaisse nails it. nytimes.com/2021/02/23/opi…

Twitter Web App : If you're a Trump voter who doesn't want to have to caucus with all those RINOs like McConnell and Romney in the GOP today -- boy, have I got a bill for you! congress.gov/bill/116th-con… twitter.com/leedrutman/sta…

Twitter Web App : This is very good.
Really, something every journalist should be thinking and writing about. twitter.com/perrybaconjr/s…

Twitter Web App : No!
Embracing independence will lead to political chaos and demagoguery.
We need more political parties, not more independents.
Political parties are the essential institutions of modern mass democracy.
Democracy collapses without strong political parties. twitter.com/TheHillOpinion…

Twitter Web App : “Many Black Americans are hampered in saving for retirement by such factors as less intergenerational wealth, more college debt, lower incomes and lower homeownership rates than white Americans” AND less access to automatic workplace retirement plans. wsj.com/articles/u-s-r…

Twitter Web App : As a rough estimate of what the US would look like if we had a multiparty parliamentary system, ~22% seems about right: twitter.com/leedrutman/sta…

Twitter Web App : No matter how you cut the data, the same finding emerges, over and over: Populists outnumber woke capitalists.
And yet...
slowboring.com/p/race-blind-p…

Twitter Web App : So, 47% of voters chose Trump in the last election.
And 46% of Trump voters say they'd join a Trump party.
Which means a Trump party would have support from just ~22% of voters.
thehill.com/homenews/polit…

Twitter Web App : This is a SUPER-interesting paper on what the one-dimensional liberal-conservative dimension is missing, and what it *actually* measures. twitter.com/Jacob_Montg/st…

Twitter Web App : Democracy scholars overwhelmingly support a wide range of democracy reforms in the US.
Pass it on: We need major democracy reform, and we need it now.
From the latest Bright Line Watch brightlinewatch.org/american-democ…

Twitter Web App : Those states' recent changes aren't helping much at all with this, because they stayed within the single-seat district paradigm. You will need to break that to make room for multipartism.

(Of course, folks at FV knows this well. But still...) twitter.com/fairvote/statu…

Twitter Web App : Hey party politics folks! Interesting development here in AR this morning. A centrist-GOP State Sen. (who is the nephew of the the current Guv) left the GOP this morning. 1/n

Twitter Web App : Impressive consensus on electoral reforms!

Compulsory voting is the only one without a clear majority in favor. Is that because of the libertarian argument against making people do anything? And would these critics be satisfied by letting people cast blank (or spoiled) ballots? twitter.com/leedrutman/sta…