This post from James Kwak is old, but important given how the election panned out. The fact is that, in 2012, polls got the election results wrong, but did so in the direction that did not “matter”: Obama outperformed the polls by a few percents, especially in the Midwest. In 2016, the polls were off by a similar percentage, but the difference is that, this time, Trump outperformed the polls by a few percents, again, in the Midwest. This is the big deal. The vital center, the median voter, if you will, still resides in the Heartland. Most people may not be divided over the matters of economy, but the matters of “culture” and “society,” but elections still turn on the economy. The national median voter and the dominant legislative policy dimension have nothing to do with each other. Sadly, no dittohead rat choicer (or a wooly headed perestroikist) will even be able to wrap his head around that question. Where’s a rat choice perestroikist when we need one?