Midterm elections and irrationality

An interesting thing that I think we learned last night is that if you ask people about things that affect them specifically, they will vote for things that they want. This includes things like a higher minimum wage and marijuana legalization.
And then those same people will vote for candidates…

—at year 6 of his presidency, Ronald Reagan was embroiled in the Iran-Contra scandal.
—at year 6 of his presidency, Bill Clinton was going through the Monica Lewinsky impeachment.
—at year 6 of his presidency, George W. Bush was watching Iraq (and his presidency) implode.
—at year 6 of his presidency, Barack Obama is facing … a Republican Congress.
I think we will survive.