Monthly Archives: August 2012

Brown’s Predicament

The Republican National Convention this past week presented a two-fold problem for Senator Scott Brown. Politically, it made his effort to distance himself from his Republican Party and his positions on the most salient issues of the day more difficult. Substantively, it forced him to double-down on a line of argument that, frankly, is just stupid. Namely, that Warren’s effort to “nationalize” the race is somehow inappropriate or an attempt to distract voters from what really matters.

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Best of: Boston Globe Goes Pollyanna on Political culture

Boston Globe Goes Pollyanna on Political Culture

The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine ran a hopeful cover highlighting a Scott Helman story arguing that the legislature’s 2012 redistricting law shows a culture change on Beacon Hill. Perhaps. But one robin does not a spring make. Helman does see some additional robins and anoints some heroes but we may not be ready to throw off decades of political culture just yet.

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Professor U offers a comment on the Ryan address tonight

Professor Ubertaccio is live in Tampa for the RNC and met up with Alison King of NECN today to chat about the address Paul Ryan will give to the RNC tonight.

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The “Ground Game?”

According to a WashingtonPost.com piece posted this morning by Aaron Blake, “[d]emocrats are winning at least one key aspect of the 2012 campaign: voter contact.” Voter identification operations are the part of campaigns that very often make the difference between winning and losing, but that rarely get the attention- or their due- from the political media, who focus instead on the so-called “air war” and the latest public opnion polls.

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Best of: Democracy inaction

Democracy inaction

Peter did a post last week on the casino debate in the senate that made me think again about a question that occurs to me but which I don’t have the time to properly research: how democratic is Massachusetts government?

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ProfessorU: Our Man in Tampa

Professor Ubertaccio is live and on the scene in a very wet Tampa covering the Republican National Convention. You can follow him on Twitter at @ProfessorU and he’ll make occasional posts as the GOP nominates a candidate from Massachusetts for the first time since 1924.

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Latest Poll in Brown v. Warren Race

The latest poll in the Massachusetts US Senate race give Republican Scott Brown a 5 point lead over his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren. The poll was taken in mid-August and reflects the public’s perceptions of the two candidates as summer winds down.

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Best of: Scott Brown Strengths and Weaknesses

Announcement Day! Scott Brown Strengths and Weaknesses

It’s a big day for the Brown family of Wrentham – it’s the two years anniversary of the announcement that Ayla Brown is available. In tribute to that event Ayla’s dad, Senator Scott Brown, is about to make another announcement, that he is a candidate for reelection to the United States Senate.

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Best of: Elizabeth Warren Strengths and Weaknesses

For the last few dog days of summer I’ll be posting a few “Best of” posts that ahve run previously. Here’s the first:

Elizabeth Warren Strengths and Weaknesses

I’ve been a bit more skeptical of the prospects of Elizabeth Warren than some but now that she is a formally declared candidate it seems a good time to run through some strengths and weaknesses.

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Knocking on Dem Doors

The Globe had a story yesterday about a lawsuit filed against the chair of the Massachusetts Republican Party.  This is the latest in a series of problems hovering around the state’s nearly insignificant minority party.  

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