Keep Looking, Diogenes, That’s a Republican

Diogenes should keep looking

Regular readers already know that I am NOT a fan of fivethirtyeight. Nate is so enamored of data that he is often blind sided by human nature. That said when this article showed up in my RSS feed, I had to click on it:

More Than 1 In 2 Americans Will Have An Election Denier On The Ballot This Fall

From the Carolinas to California, Montana to Florida, election denialism has spread across the country. Candidates who support former President Donald Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was stolen will appear on ballots in nearly every state this fall. FiveThirtyEight drew on news reports, debate footage, campaign materials and social media and reached out to every single Republican nominee for the House, Senate, governor, secretary of state and attorney general to determine their position on the 2020 election.

There are a lot of election deniers on the ballot. Out of 529 total Republican nominees running for office, we found 195 who FULLY DENIED the legitimacy of the 2020 election. These candidates either clearly stated that the election was stolen from Trump or took legal action to overturn the results, such as voting not to certify election results or joining lawsuits that sought to overturn the election.

Moreover, an additional 61 candidates RAISED QUESTIONS around the results of the 2020 election. These candidates haven’t gone so far as to say explicitly that the election was stolen or take legal action to overturn it. However, they haven’t said the election was legitimate either. In fact, they have raised doubts about potential fraud.

There were 115 candidates whose position on the 2020 election we could not determine. They either had NO COMMENT on the 2020 election or AVOIDED ANSWERING when asked directly.

But not all Republicans running embrace Trump’s claims. A total of 71 have FULLY ACCEPTED the results of the 2020 election while another 87 have ACCEPTED WITH RESERVATIONS, meaning they think President Biden won, but still raised concerns about the integrity of the election.

Accepted with reservations means that they have not accepted, Nate. This is splitting hairs.

The take-away is that only 71/529 Republican candidates are not Big Liars if not insurrection supporters.

My suggestion is that instead of emulating Diogenes —trying to find One Honest Republican— vote them all out. Voting for any Republican at this point is anti-democracy and anti-American, and shows that voter to have a deep character flaw.

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5 Responses to Keep Looking, Diogenes, That’s a Republican

  1. Stony Pillow says:


    The Ds can pretty much run the table if they use this every day between now and November. Question is, how many Ds actually want to win?

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  2. Martin Pollard says:

    From what I’ve seen of Nate Silver on the Electrical Tweeting Machine, he’s gotten high on his own supply. He got lucky a few times with his data-driven prognostications, and it’s gone straight to his head. He needs to stick to his spreadsheets and stop being a political pundit, because he’s definitely no better than any of them (no matter what he thinks).

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    • tengrain says:

      Nate does not have any insights unless they are backed by data, and as we’ve seen the past few cycles, polls are all but worthless, not even good as the proverbial snapshot in time.

      Nate does not understand people, he just doesn’t.



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  3. Richard Portman says:

    Nice caption. Poor Diogenes, what happened? I’m gonna have to go look it up, again. He was a Cynic, probably they fed him to the dogs.


  4. pagan in repose says:

    “Voting for any Republican at this point is anti-democracy and anti-American…” Yes, this, every day into the foreseeable future.


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