New Zealand confirms commitment to competence and compassion

New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party appears to have won a landslide election, leading the National Party by a 49% to 27% margin. The result would mean that Labour can form a government by itself, as they will have won a majority of the seats in the New Zealand Parliament. This would be the first time that’s happened since the country switched to proportional voting in 1996.

In short, it’s a resounding vote of confidence in the 40-year-old Ardern, who became prime minister in 2017 in a coalition government with two other parties. What is it about Ardern that New Zealand’s voters connected with?


Slowly boiling frogs

I asked this question on Monday:

The question, then, is what are Democrats willing to do if they find themselves in control of the House, the Senate, and the presidency in January (and assuming that the current administration is willing to leave peacefully). It’s not certain, of course, but it’s possible. If that happens, are they willing to govern in the same manner, or will they be constrained by “fairness?”