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« on: June 30, 2015, 11:37:02 AM »
Well, to an extent I agree with you. I'm sure that Hillary would rather that the debates focus on gay marriage and abortion rather than the crappy economy and ISIS.
BUT, nobody forced Ted Cruz to say stupid stuff about the Supreme Court, or forced Abbott to say that TX govt workers can ignore the Court's ruling, or million other goofy things that Republicans can't seem to stop themselves from blabbing.
Of course Jeb Bush (for example) is going to be asked about his views on contentious issues, that's to be expected. The problem I see is that the social conservatives in his own party are preventing him from giving an honest answer. My guess is that JB probably couldn't care less about gay marriage, and would rather talk about the economy. But, if he says that, he losses the Tea Party.
« on: June 29, 2015, 11:55:56 AM »
There is an element of the Republican party that would rather lose on principle than win on compromise. If they decide to make 2016 about gay marriage and abortion, they will lose.
The amazing thing is, I wonder if they even realize how successful they could be if they simply focused on economic issues? Even CA ousted a Dem governor in favor of a socially liberal/fiscally conservative Rep. The religious fundamentalists are determined to lose for some reason.
« on: June 28, 2015, 02:12:55 PM »
The fragmentation is within the Democratic Party and "dueling progressive agendas" and in the Republican Party between civil libertarianism and establishment conservatism.
I essentially agree about the basis of the Democratic split, but I think the Republican split I far more damaging to their overall chances.
The Republican split is at least a three way between establishments (Bush), libertarians (Paul), and religious conservatives (Huckabee, Santorum, etc).
I would argue that at this point the Republicans are in a real bind, a Catch-22. Candidates can't win the nomination or the general election without the evangelicals stepping up and voting, but they're doomed with independents if they appear too evangelical themselves.
The Republicans have allowed this far right element of the party to wield too much influence for too long, and now it's biting them on the a$$.
Even though I'm a Democrat, I hope they figure it out and find a way to be nationally competitive. I don't want there to be one party rule for the next few decades. Competition is good for political parties, it helps minimize corruption. California is a one party state, and look where it got us.
« on: June 25, 2015, 02:48:15 PM »
I'm fairly active in Democratic politics (worked on a few campaigns, etc), and I can honestly say that the prevailing attitude seems to be "Let's hold our nose and vote for Hillary." Not exactly a ringing endorsement.
She simply does not generate the kind of excitement that Obama did, and I suspect that will result in lower turnout.
« on: June 25, 2015, 02:44:24 PM »
That's a good point.
I went to law school at night with a family, and it was a HUGE strain on us even though my wife was very supportive. I was basically absent for four years. Every night was class from 6-10, every weekend was studying.
Law school is a million times more demanding of your time than undergrad, and your family has got to be on board in order for it to work.
« on: June 23, 2015, 05:43:10 PM »
I plan to take the October 2015 LSAT, when should I apply to law schools?
First off, I agree with Citylaw that there is no harm in applying early. In fact, you may even have a better shot at acceptance if the school reviews applications on a rolling basis. Each school will have it's own deadlines, however, so be sure to check with the individual schools.
Just remember that until you have an LSAT score to report they will not really consider your application. Personally, I am of the opinion that if you have limited study time (and with a family I assume you do!) you would be better off using that time to prepare for the LSAT rather than filling out applications. That can be done after the LSAT. Just my opinion.
Would there be any benefit in applying this early for schools that might have an accelerated or a weekend JD program?
Again, it depends on whether admissions are rolling. Maybe, so ask each school.
I'm only aware of one "accelerated" program (Southwestern), and I don't know of any ABA schools with weekend programs. There might be a few, but the vast majority of school will be traditional three year programs and maybe a four year part time option.
« on: June 23, 2015, 03:56:34 PM »
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that 2016 will be a little less predictable than 2008 or 2012. In 2008 the Republicans were doomed. Following the Iraq War and the economic collapse they were going to lose almost regardless of who the Democrats ran.
By 2012, some of Obama's lustre had worn off but he was still relatively popular. The combination of higher than usual minority/young turnout and Romney's general lack of appeal allowed him to squeak out a victory.
In 2016 the conventional wisdom is that demographic trends favor Hillary Clinton. I generally agree, but certain caveats apply.
First, minority and youth turnout will almost certainly be lower simply because Obama isn't running. This may be mitigated by higher than average female turnout, however.
Second, the last few years have not gone too well for Obama. This could result in a rejection of Democratic policies by swing voters. Registered Democrats and registered Republicans tend to vote along party lines no matter the candidate. But in states like Ohio, Colorado, Florida, etc., independent voters will make the decision. If the country is still puttering along economically, they will blame the Democrats.
Last, there is the issue of Hillary herself. She has any ardent supporters, but she also has many detractors. Among independent voters in swing states, she polls badly. Obama polled fairly well among these voters.
If the Republicans nominate a nut (Ted Cruz/Rand Paul, etc), or can't control the dumber members of the party who make racist/sexist/xenophobic comments, then they'll lose regardless. I have a feeling, however, that they've already begun to reign that stuff in. The about-face by the Republicans in SC over the Confederate flag may be a sign of this.
Clinton has an electoral vote edge going into the election, and will likely win. However, it will be closer (IMHO) than the last few elections.
« on: June 18, 2015, 06:05:16 PM »
I can't remember if the study questions were actual LSAT questions or not, but the practice exams were definitely released LSATs. They had the original exam's date of administration stamped on the cover.
« on: June 18, 2015, 05:05:08 PM »
I took Kaplan. It was fine and it definitely helped. I can't really compare it to any other program because it's the only course I took. What I liked was that they had a test center near my house, so I could take tons of practice tests in a fairly realistic timed setting, and then talk to an LSAT instructor afterwards.
I know a lot of people don't like Kaplan, and recommend other courses. I think it just depends on your personal preferences ad what you prioritize. Check out several before deciding.
« on: June 18, 2015, 12:17:49 AM »
I would take it now. That will give you time to take the course and take lots of practice exams. If there's time, some courses will let you repeat the program for extra practice.
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