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Jack Oct 17
I've been posted in America with for about 6 months now. 3 weeks out from the mid-terms, here are some thoughts from a European looking in. Thread 👇
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Jack Oct 17
Replying to @LahartJack
It appears that Americans are bitterly divided; in ideology, on women's rights, on race, on free trade, on immigration etc. etc. To me, that only seems partly true...
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Jack Oct 17
Replying to @LahartJack
There are chunks of the left and the right who hold immovable views on these issues. But there is an even greater middle that is not so steadfast. For exmpl, despite the rhetoric of the right, most Americans actually quite like free trade and immigration
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Jack Oct 17
Replying to @LahartJack
A lot of what we see to be division happens on Twitter, on Fox News or in the NYT (or *gasps* The Economist). But how many Americans are really paying attention? Probably many, but my bet is not most
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Jack Oct 17
Replying to @LahartJack
The mid-terms are unlikely to be won or lost over a debate about Elizabeth Warren's DNA, or Trump's response to a porn star on Twitter. What seems to hold more weight and sway are things like this
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Jack Oct 17
Replying to @LahartJack
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Jack Oct 17
Replying to @LahartJack
And the consequences of things like this
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Jack Oct 17
Replying to @LahartJack
But there are two other factors that I've really come to notice while watching this election cycle - these are 1) Money matters and 2) Gerrymandering matters
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Jack Oct 17
Replying to @LahartJack
On money, there is a STAGGERING amount of money sloshing around the US electoral system. I knew this before, but perhaps didn't truly appreciate its impact. This year, about $4bn will be spent on elections (which is more than what it cost to make the 19 Marvel movies)
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Jack Oct 17
Replying to @LahartJack
Money drives things like campaign leaflets, events and of course, political advertising, which this year seems more partisan and nasty than ever. That exacerbates the divides mentioned above and makes it harder for a candidate to see value in appealing to the middle
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Jack Oct 17
Replying to @LahartJack
Then there is gerrymandering. And holy moly America has a gerrymandering problem - just read this
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