Staying Informed for the 2012 Presidential Election
Politics is a rapidly changing game. Talking points from Monday are forgotten by Wednesday and Wednesday’s are forgotten by Friday. The result is that a casual consumer of political news doesn’t have a clue about what will happen when one or another candidate wins the presidency. Therefore, dear readers, the DD is presenting to you a list of the nine websites that any informed man should follow to truly understand the 2012 U.S. election.
These blogs range from sites that measure political opinions of Middle America to the most inside of D.C. insiders, from a historical and statistical point of view and represent both liberal and conservative viewpoints. Read these sites, and you’ll know everything you need to know (and then some) about the 2012 presidential election.
This website tracks all major national and local polls administered around the country and displays a state-by-state analysis of the current … state … of the election.
This site creates real-time political “markets” in which people can bet and earn/lose money based on their predictions of major events, particularly politics. These predictors are generally very accurate and a good gauge to test the overall mood of the country when it comes to expected political outcomes.
FiveThirtyEight was acquired by the New York Times and so some might consider it to have a liberal bias. Nevertheless, it’s a pretty clear non-partisan blog with unbelievable insight into trends that will help shape a pending election. Written by Nate Silver, this blog uses stats to identify patterns in previous elections which help inform the present election;
This is a “main stream” news site that focuses on politics. It’s important for a few reasons: 1) Some of its writers are the definitive beltway insiders; 2) It’s the future of journalism — media outlets which are focused on specific topics rather than general interest;
This site is one of the most reliable fact checking outlets covering the day-to-day discourse of a political cycle. This site has become so famous for its “pants on fire” ratings given out to indicate when a candidate lies, that the majority of major media cite it as a source for repudiating false statements;
This site occasionally features original reporting, and while that’s a good thing, this site made this list for its aggregate of news stories around the web on key political stories;
Andrew Sullivan’s The Daily Dish blog is sometimes conservative, sometimes liberal, and gives a perspective of politics from someone who has been a D.C.-insider for quite some time;
Unabashedly liberal, this site will give you a temperature of liberal’s key talking points.
The flipside of that coin is Town Hall, a conservative blog that will fill you in on what the Repubs will be talking about for the next few months.