Polarization on Obama

January 27, 2012
Gallup reported this morning that Obama’s ratings are historically polarized. In the 60 years gallup has measured presidents’ approval and disapproval, Obama has received consistently higher approval… Read More

Congressional Salary = Congressional Disapproval?

December 28, 2011
Aaron Blake (aka The Fix) at Washington Post recently wrote about congressional disapproval with respect to member salaries. It’s an interesting take but I have a couple points to… Read More

Don’t Play With Your Food: Reconsidering The “Cracker Barrel v. Whole Foods” Meme

December 14, 2011
According to David Wasserman of the Washington Post, every presidential election has its cultural divisions: The 1896 presidential contest, for instance, is remembered as a battle between William Jennings… Read More

Sarah Palin Emails at an Eighth-Grade Level: Comparable to Obama’s First State of the Union

June 15, 2011
AOL Weird News conducted an analysis of Sarah Palin’s emails using the Flesch-Kincaid score.  The analysis revealed that Plain drafts emails at an eighth-grade level.  (The actual scores, according to… Read More

The Marginal Significance of NY-26

May 25, 2011
Much has been made of Kathy Hochul’s victory in New York’s 26th congressional district–a district that has elected a Republican since 1970.  Most observers have cited her victory as a… Read More

Where’s the Realignment?

May 24, 2011
It dawned on me today just how much America has gone through over the last decade. A major terrorist attack, systemic economic failure, credit freezes, massive failures in disaster response,… Read More

“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

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

America Still hates Congress…but not always.

April 25, 2011
Jonathan Bernstein and Ezra Klein have a couple posts on Congress’s terrible approval ratings. Both make good points. Klein points out: …the issue isn’t individuals so much as… Read More

Analyzing the Survival of Party Chairmen: “It’s Not You, It’s Us”

February 4, 2011
As you know, Michael Steele was deposed as chairman of the RNC a few short weeks ago in favor of the whimsically-named Reince Priebus.  In addition to his numerous public… Read More