Left or Right? Who’s further from the middle?
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
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
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?
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.
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?
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
Quantifying Bill’s Value to Hillary’s Campaign (Part 2)
In a recent post, I explored whether it’s possible to quantify Bill’s value to Hillary Clinton’s campaign (see here). In other words: Do voters reward (and punish) Hillary… Read More
Yes, Democrats can win the House (Though Probably not This Year)
Chris Cillizza wrote a piece titled, “Why it’s going to be hard for Democrats to win back the House this decade.” He makes the argument that with a declining share… Read More
Seven Numbers to Remember About the VA Compromise
According to multiple sources, Representative Jeff Miller (R-FL) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) have reached a tentative agreement on a bill to overhaul the Veterans Affairs health care… Read More
An Ideological Mapping of South Carolina’s Senate Candidates
When it comes to politics, South Carolina is full of intrigue. From Lee Atwater’s Southern Strategy and the 2000 Republican primary to Joe Wilson’s “You Lie!” and Stephen Colbert’s… Read More