Monthly Archives: January 2010

The Massachusetts Special Senate Election: Aftermath

It’s been a bit since the Massachusetts election, in which unknown Republican Scott Brown emerged to upset the favored Democrat Martha Coakley in one of union’s deepest-blue states. Since then, Democrats have been reeling and recalibrating their strategy. In a … Continue reading

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The Importance (Or Lack Thereof) of State of the Union Addresses

President Barack Obama gave a solid speech last night, carefully explaining his policies and proposing new plans for helping the middle class. The trouble is that nobody will remember it in a month. Presidential speeches come in two types: those … Continue reading

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Analyzing Swing States: Virginia, Part 2

This is the second part of a series of posts analyzing the swing state Virginia. It will focus on Republican Virginia. The third part can be found here. History After the Civil War, Virginia constituted a reliable Democratic stronghold. Conservative … Continue reading

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Two Interesting Differences from 1994

In light of the Massachusetts Senate elections, which Republican Scott Brown won by a narrow but clear margin, I have been comparing the 1994 congressional elections to those coming up this year. In particular, I have been conversing with some … Continue reading

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A Final Thought on Massachusetts

With results just about to come in, I’m going to offer one final thought. This is purely off my gut, but I think that Martha Coakley will overperform what the polls indicate. A striking number of similarities appear between this … Continue reading

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The Human Factor Behind Republican Opposition

As has been fairly widely noted, House Republicans have stubbornly resisted every aspect of the Democratic program. The stimulus package and financial reform failed to gain a single House Republican vote, while a grand total of one Republican voted for … Continue reading

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What to Look For in the Massachusetts Special Election

Results are soon pending in the special election to replace Senator Ted Kennedy. Once a guaranteed Democratic victory, the race has become surprisingly competitive due to a bad national environment and a lackluster campaign run by Democrat Martha Coakley. In … Continue reading

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