Politics in the Blogosphere

Some good links to topics of interest in the political world:

Bluemassgroup’s David Kravitz has a reality based post The grassroots are withering on the problems at the Republican State Committee. You would have to say that after Kirsten Hughes won election to the GOP’s chair on Thursday evening thanks to Scott Brown’s intervention that his Friday announcement made Ms. Hughes first day on the job a memorable one indeed.  It may be hard to believe that the GOP could sink lower than Bob (Mr. Magoo) Maginn left it, but Mr. Kravitz explains how that is possible.

The Boston Globe’s Stephanie Ebbert did a bio of the multi-talented Ms. Hughes on Saturday; Hughes takes her stage presence to Mass. GOP stage.

Themonkeycage’s Prof. John Sides says that Gerrymandering is not what’s wrong with American politics in a post at the Washington Post’s Wonkblog. So don’t blame gerrymandering for polarization.

Prof. Seth Masket at MischiefsofFaction continues to study the relationship of field organization to partisan success in The Ground Game in 2012. Prof. Masket argues that field organization was not as productive in the 2012 presidential race as it had been in 2008, possibly due to incumbency effects. On the other hand, organization probably put Florida in the win column for President Obama.

About Maurice T. Cunningham

Maurice T. Cunningham is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He teaches courses in American government including Massachusetts Politics, The American Presidency, Catholics in Political Life, The Political Thought of Abraham Lincoln, American Political Thought, and Public Policy. His book Maximization, Whatever the Cost: Race, Redistricting and the Department of Justice examines the role of the DOJ in requiring states to maximize minority voting districts in the Nineties. He has published articles dealing with the role of the Catholic Church in Massachusetts politics and on party politics in the state. His research interests focus upon the changing political culture of Massachusetts.
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