Strange Bedfellows: Why Jonathan Chait Should Root for Ohio State this Saturday
Jonathan Chait graduated from the University of Michigan in 1994. If you follow him on Twitter or read his columns at The New Republic, you know that, in… Read More
Quick Response on Polarization
Voteview has a very interesting look into my last post. I highly recommend it for those interested in the problem. They run an experiment by eliminating all the close… Read More
The Polarization Culprits
Jennifer Victor and Seth Masket recently posted a couple very good posts over at the Mischeifs of Faction on polarization in Congress. If you aren’t already reading… Read More
The Ratings War: Does It Matter?
Nothing epitomizes the horse race nature of presidential politics quite like the conventions ratings war. For example, Matt Drudge and Rush Limbaugh were quick to dismiss the DNC’s higher… Read More
Google Politics: “Register to Vote”
This from Google Politics today on the Twitters: Here are some additional data from Google Trends for you to chew on. Thoughts on the relevance or irrelevance of these data are… Read More
Paul Ryan “Worked With Democrats as Often as Any Republican.”
The effort to define Paul Ryan is in full swing. While most political observers are well aware of Ryan’s record, prior to his VP selection fully 43% of Americans… Read More
The Veepstakes: What’s the Electoral Value of a Vice President?
A few hours ago, Mitt Romney announced Wisconsin representative Paul Ryan as his running mate. It seems obvious that in picking Ryan, Romney is trying to solidify his position with fiscal conservatives… Read More
Some Thoughts on Americans Elect, Polarization and Gridlock
In January I was invited to speak at a roundtable hosted by Americans Elect–a nonpartisan presidential nominating organization. As you may know, Americans Elect (AE) has garnered quite a bit of… Read More
Reforming Polarization and Gridlock: Series on Congressional Reform
For someone who studies congressional development, the past couple years have been frustrating. Many people with noble intentions proposed reforms to remedy our dysfunctional Congress. However, these discussions have almost universally… Read More
Institutional Advancement: Do Dan Boren’s Claims Add Up?
Politico published an insightful article yesterday provocatively titled “Members of Congress: This Job Sucks.” Much of the article centers on and interview with Oklahoma Representative Dan Boren (D). Boren is retiring… Read More