“Cognitive Madisonians” and Congressional Approval

May 12, 2011
Declining approval of Congress is a popular topic these days (note: low Congressional approval is always popular, just more so recently).  The importance of this issue was aptly described in 1974… Read More

A Shameless Plug: Shirking the Initiative?

April 28, 2011
Maybe shameless is a bit strong; disseminating your research is important in academia after all.  But Josh and I (along with our colleague at Florida, Dan Smith), have a paper that was… Read More

Obama’s Birth Certificate: Diminishing Marginal Utility and Finite Agenda Space

April 27, 2011
I posted this on Seth Masket’s facebook page a moment ago (see his blog here).  Seth asked why Obama released his birth certificate now when there is presumably an electoral incentive to… Read More

“Washington is broken.” Good point. Why is nobody trying to repair it?

April 20, 2011
Since bipartisan “hope” in Obama’s first campaign has worn off, we are back to accepting the Washington’s “broken” politics.  Of course, by “Washington” people mean “Congress.” However, when it comes… Read More

Shutdown Roundtable: Lessons from 1994?

April 6, 2011
Here at Rule22, we decided to try something new: we’re each going to weigh in on the looming government shutdown.  Josh’s excellent post, if you haven’t read it, suggests… Read More

Shutdown Roundtable: Bargaining Strategies

April 6, 2011
One thing is certain: Republicans’ bargaining strategy is a winner. Over the past couple years Republicans won major legislative concessions while still winning the message battle. It’s an impressive feat… Read More

Belatedly Breaking Silence on Filibuster Reform

March 18, 2011
Before I move on to the point of this post, let’s raise our glasses to the lack of filibuster reform. Without the McConnell and Reed deal, we might have changed… Read More

John Boehner: Legislative Innovator

February 27, 2011
Late Friday, a 19-page resolution was introduced in the House of Representatives that would fund the federal government for two weeks beyond the current shutdown deadline (see a Politico article… Read More

The Amendments are Coming!

February 20, 2011
After several weeks of relatively little legislative activity, we got a great look at the voting procedure for the US House this week.  In just five days, members of the… Read More

Can Incivility help Congress?

January 28, 2011
In the wake of Tucson, political rhetoric and incivility has taken on a new focus. John Sides at the Monkey Cage has a great post on the effect of… Read More