Zach Wamp, Former Congressman, on the Fundraising Problem

March 22, 2017
Source: Wikipedia Conservative Zach Wamp (R-TN, 1995-2011) writes: “The ugliest truth is that our ‘representatives’ of the people spend as much as half their time raising money. Members of Congress owe… Read More

Quantifying the Value of Nikki Haley’s Endorsement

February 17, 2016
It was leaked this afternoon that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will endorse U.S. Senator Marco Rubio.  Questions about Haley’s endorsement have persisted for months.  Until today, the only… Read More

Is Nikki Haley a Strong Vice Presidential Candidate? Evidence from Research on the “Veepstakes”

January 13, 2016
After seven years in office, last night President Obama gave his final State of the Union address.  Immediately following Obama’s speech, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley delivered the GOP’s primetime… Read More

Why the House is to blame for the Senate’s polarization

September 14, 2015
In the American political lexicon, the Senate is said to possess “coolness” and “wisdom.”  Words like “decorum,” “comity,” and “respect” are frequently used to describe the institution as well.  In… Read More

Left or Right? Who’s further from the middle?

May 28, 2015
Polarization is commonplace in American politics. Both parties are moving away from the middle. The debate often boils down to who is polarizing the most/fastest. New York Times opinion writer Peter… Read More

Political parties are often too convenient an explanation

April 28, 2015
Teagan Goddard asked the question, can politics be “unbundled” from political parties? In other words, if there is a market where we can unbundle phone and internet service, why… Read More

With Ted Cruz’s announcement, the 2016 campaign is starting late, but more intense than ever

March 24, 2015
Like a bugle at the start of a horse race, Ted Cruz’s announcement yesterday signals the beginning of the 2016 presidential election. Indeed, in the American political lexicon the… Read More

Obama wants filibuster reform. Would it help polarization?

February 9, 2015
Obama had some interesting things to say about polarization and the filibuster in his interview with Vox. When the question of if government can work in the midst of polarization… Read More

Can the midterm outcome “solve” Washington’s problems? No. But it can make things worse.

November 4, 2014
An old adage is that lawmakers win reelection by “running against Washington.”  According to a recent Gallup poll, just 14% of Americans approve of Congress’s job performance. So while… Read More

Food Fight! Can Food Brands Predict Elections?

October 8, 2014
A few weeks ago on Meet the Press, Chuck Todd proposed that the fate of the Senate could come down to the distribution of Starbucks coffee shops (an elitist,… Read More