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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