August 24, 2016


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On the last episode of Atheistically Speaking with Andrew Torrez (AS259), Andrew teased us with the promise that he’d be back to discuss what really happened back in the 2000 U.S. Presidential election (and promised that it might have something to do with our current Presidential election)! Well, Andrew’s back, and in Part 1, he and I discuss the politics, and history of the giant mess that was the 2000 election.

Show Notes & Links

  1. Pres. Bill Clinton’s approval ratings, 1999-2000.
  2. Voting history for West Virginia, once a reliable Democratic stronghold.
  3. A study on exit polling, with emphasis on the 2000 election.

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Content

  • [00:00:00] Intro
  • [00:02:35] (Deep dive) Historical Precedence for Third Party Election Influence
    • [00:03:30] Comments: Ralph Nader, Bernie Sanders
    • [00:03:56] Podcast Reference: Wayward Atheist
    • [00:05:35] Voter alignments/contradictions with their world views
    • [00:06:15] Far right conservative Bush treated by press as more centrist
    • [00:07:20] Liberal Hillary Clinton treated as a moderate centrist
    • [00:09:00] Time Travel to 2000 via 1999 "Y2K"
    • [00:10:10] Discussion: Thomas as Al Gore's campaign manager
    • [00:10:25] Major Decision #1 (Clinton Legacy Effect)
    • [00:11:10] Prioritization of qualitative research vs. quantitative ratings
    • [00:11:35] Analysis of Bill Clinton approval ratings
    • [00:12:40] Gore/Hillary choices vis-a-vis Bill Clinton legacy use
    • [00:13:30] Gore's Vice-Presidency advantages
    • [00:13:45] Obama's comparative approval ratings
    • [00:14:45] "Third Term Presidency" opportunity missed (Mistake #1)
    • [00:16:20] Major Decision #2 (Choice of VP running mate)
    • [00:17:30] Factor: Primary challenger (Bill Bradley)
    • [00:17:40] Comment: Gary Hart downfall
    • [00:18:15] Factor: Primary elections
    • [00:20:25] Democratic Leadership Council
    • [00:21:25] Capital Punishment/Michael Dukakis
    • [00:24:55] Factor: John Kerry
    • [00:25:50] Comment: "Flip Flop" knock on John Kerry
    • [00:26:35] Supposition: (What would have been) consequences of an Al Gore pick of John Kerry for VP running mate
  • [00:27:20] Outro

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