This week I examined how Americans have prayed for elections, dug into the college majors of American presidents, and recorded a podcast about the future of sports at American colleges and universities. Elsewhere:
• My daughter had to do a unit on the Electoral College in social studies this week. She’s not the only one wondering why we don’t just let the popular vote decide our presidents.
• But while his popular and electoral vote win was not small, Joe Biden did not win in a landslide. Why not? “It’s the economy, stupid.”
• In any case, there was no massive election fraud.
• Really, the election was not stolen.
• And if you still think it was, perhaps you need to consider the possibility that you’re too susceptible to conspiracy theories.
(“The main reason that the Republican Party gets painted as a haven for conspiracy kooks,” acknowledged one conservative writer, ” is the fact that the Republican Party is a haven for conspiracy kooks.“)
• Kamala Harris is a trailblazing vice president in many ways. Let’s not forget that includes being a child of immigrants from different corners of the British Empire.
• It’s been too long since we’ve had a college professor in the White House.
• Perhaps the most complicated group in American politics right now: Hispanic voters.
• Finally, let the Trump post mortem begin.
And a few utterly non-election-related links to cleanse your reading palate:
• COVID cases are on the rise here in Minnesota. But I don’t think we’re quite to the level of what’s going on in North Dakota.
• One of the world’s best known rabbis died on Saturday.
• As a Sherlock Holmes buff, I liked but didn’t love the Enola Holmes movie. But I do appreciate “the way in which an old story can be told from an important new perspective….”