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Is narcissism the independent candidate's major comparative advantage?

From TPM Reader EF ...

Josh, I think you're right that money was the main arbiter in deciding who would drop out of the Kansas Senate race, but I suspect that another factor was nearly as important, maybe even more important. Independent candidates tend to be more narcissistic than major party candidates.

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Democrats are going to fight to keep their former Kansas senate candidate, Chad Taylor, off the ballot (an odd turn of events to put it mildly). This comes after Kris Kobach, Secretary of State, announced that Taylor must stay on ballot. Kobach is intensely political and is likely the most successful and outspoken voter suppression advocate in the country today. Rick Hasen says the law is not dispositive. But life's hard. Kobach's the Secretary State. He gets to make the decision, or at least he gets the first pass at it. A Court will likely have the final say over whether he gets his way.

But here's the thing: I don't think it matters that much.

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I'm still waiting to hear whether the law is on his side. But hard not to notice that the nation's top voter suppression advocate, Kris Kobach, is the guy who just got to decide that the dropped out Democrat's name must stay on the ballot in Kansas.

In the seventeen years between 1992 and 2009, the Russian population declined by almost seven million people, or nearly 5 percent—a rate of loss unheard of in Europe since World War II. Moreover, much of this appears to be caused by rising mortality. By the mid-1990s, the average St. Petersburg man lived for seven fewer years than he did at the end of the Communist period; in Moscow, the dip was even greater, with death coming nearly eight years sooner.

This is one paragraph from Masha Gessen's story in The New York Review of Books on 'The Dying Russians'. I knew that in the bleak years just after the collapse of the Soviet Union that Russian mortality rates had spiked dramatically - a mix of profound economic dislocation, hopelessness about the future, poor health both driving and being driven by these factors. What I did realize is that this pattern has continued unabated ever since.

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Fox Panelist: Rape victims need to take more "personal responsibility" to prevent rape. Watch.