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Population Shifts and the Nationalization of Politics

Ashley Parker and Jonathan Martin’s A-1 story in the New York Times today makes an interesting argument about the nationalization of politics and its role in explaining Eric Cantor’s primary loss and Thad Cochran’s forced runoff. For all the talk about how partisan polarization is overwhelming Washington, there is another powerful, overlapping force at play: Voters … Continue reading

On Roger Ailes and Party Control of American Government

I much enjoyed Harvard historian Jill Lepore’s essay in the New Yorker on the parallels between William Randolph Hearst and Roger Ailes, but her sweeping conclusion that Ailes is less “kingmaker” than “entertainer” and “boogeyman” rests on rather shaky ground, empirically speaking. Lepore notes: Hearst died in 1951. Between 1952 and 1988, an era marked … Continue reading

Wall Street got the Wall Street-style campaign they deserved

It’s fitting that, if CBS’s reporting is to be believed, Romney’s own advisers actually bought into the “unskewed polls” nonsense and were thoroughly unprepared for the devastating loss on Tuesday night. They were “shellshocked,” having never questioned their own overly optimistic assumptions about turnout and demographics. If true, this is serious, serious political malpractice. This isn’t just hubris—although … Continue reading

Why Mitt May Be More Rudy than McCain in 2012

There’s a weird rerun quality to this season’s “invisible primary” battle for the Republican nomination. It’s not just that plenty of the headliners are the same: Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, for instance, with Michele Bachmann standing in for Sarah Palin. But the farce with Chris Christie today comes after the last round of spectacular will-he-or-won’t-he … Continue reading

How Did Mitch McConnell Make So Much Cash During the Crash?

Last week, members of Congress filed new financial disclosure forms. The Hill newspaper reported that Mitch McConnell (and, incidentally, Harry Reid) saw a nearly 30 percent increase in his wealth in 2010. They attribute the windfall to McConnell having “made some smart plays in the stock market with his wife, former Bush Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.” … Continue reading

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