F all 2012
In just a few short days, the entire nation will pause and elect the leader of the free world. Tuesday night, as the results slowly flow in – vote by vote, swing-state by swing-state – we will sit glued to our television screens, refreshing our Twitter feeds and political blogs.
Only once in an undergraduate career does a Yale student have the opportunity to experience a presidential election in these hallowed halls. In this special, presidential issue of the publication, The Politic is proud to contribute to the political discourse that captivates the nation and our campus in particular.
We hope you’ll hold the contents of this issue in the back of your minds as the events of November 6 unravel. We are confident this edition will go beyond the snap polls and political predictions that consume the national media. In addition to broad election analysis, we delve specifically into the Yale electorate to understand what issues influences Yalies at the voting booths. We hope our thoughts raise points worthy of discussion over coffee tables and in dorm rooms.
In this presidential issue, The Politic sits down with today’s foremost political experts, including former Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis and current U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman.
If you are looking for a break from election coverage, then you can escape American politics with our international section. There you’ll find a fascinating article on charter cities and a harrowing account of the Rohingya peoples’ struggle in Burma. Or, if you want to escape this world entirely, we encourage you to read about the future of NASA’s exploration of Mars.
As you enter the polls, please remember one of the remarkable things about America: every four years we have the opportunity to hold our government accountable. We hope you take this responsibility seriously.
Faithfully,Josef Goodman Noah Remnick
Editors-in-Chief, The Politic