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The Scott Brown-Barack Obama Correlation

Is there anyone whose political fortunes are more tied to President Barack Obama than Scott Brown? According to Joshua Miller in the Boston Globe today, Scott Brown riding an anti-Obama wave in N.H.  Obama played a large role in electing Brown in Massachusetts in 2010, Obama atop the ballot helped usher out the Scott Brown Era in Massachusetts in 2012 (and Brown himself out of Massachusetts), and Obama’s unpopularity may help usher Brown into yet another Senate seat in 2014.

Before we get back to New Hampshire though, le me return again to what really mattered in 2010. No, it wasn’t Martha Coakley’s supposed gaffes.

My University of Massachusetts at Boston colleagues Tom Ferguson and Jie Chen produced a working paper for the Roosevelt Institute, 1,2,3, Many Tea Parties that offered a much more likely explanation for the Democrats’ demise in 2010 than Coakley taking the days around Christmas off: the failure of Obama and the Democrats to address the economic devastation being felt by American working and middle-class families.

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Sue the President!

David Rivkin and Elizabeth Price Foley have tried to mask their attack on the White House with the glow of constitutional cover. But their language betrays them. Their advocacy for giving the one House of Congress standing to sue the President is really nothing more than another chapter in the ideological combat that passes for discourse in today’s Washington.

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Charlie, I Have Good News and Bad News

Things should be looking up for Charlie Baker. He heads into the Republican convention this Saturday with only a Tea Party opponent.  As the five Democratic candidates scramble toward their own convention, one thing is sure: none of them can match the charismatic appeal of Deval Patrick. But then the master of political poetry has endured multiple calamities attending the prose of governing: the Department of Children and Families, the medical marijuana licensing controversy, and now the news that the state is firing CGI, the contractor that bungled the state’s health care connector system. It’s an ill wind that blows no one any good and managerial wizard Baker is poised to take advantage of Governor Patrick’s administrative woes.

Unless it doesn’t matter; and it may not due to the increasing electoral polarization of the country that has resulted in gubernatorial results closely tracking presidential outcomes in each state. That is the case made by Prof. Dan Hopkins of Georgetown University in a fivethirtyeightpolitics.com post, All Politics is Presidential.

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POTUS between two ferns

I can’t add much to the debate swirling around the decision of the White House to have the President sit down with Zach Galifianakis.  Mostly because I’m a big fan of the latter’s type of humor.

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Another political spectacle come and gone

What does it say about our modern politicians when the most (only?) memorable part of the annual State of the Union address is the introduction of a certifiable hero siting in the gallery?

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Can’t Anyone Here Play this Game?

Back on November 17 my colleague Professor Ubertaccio wrote in The President’s Neustadtian Nightmare that President Obama’s “legacy on the issue of health care reform will not be made, or saved, by a series of stump speeches.  It will be secured by a much more sober, mundane reality: a website that works and an administrative state that matches presidential promises.” The post was insightful and accurate.

So my attention was recently caught by a similar argument made by political scientist Professor William Galston in the Wall Street Journal, An Executive Without Energy. There has been some comparison made between the rollout of Obamacare and the Bush administration’s botched response to Hurricane Katrina. Professor Galston compares the ACA debacle with the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger. Ouch.

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The President’s Neustadtian Nightmare

The President is caught in a Neustadtian reality.

Or perhaps a Neustadtian nightmare.

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The President should continue to say no

The President should continue to say no to any continuing resolution that seeks to change the Affordable Care Act.  He should also continue to refuse to accept anything other than a clean debt ceiling vote.   Future presidents, Republican and Democrat, will thank him.  So will history.

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The president speaks

On a day to day basis, a President has two strengths: his use of his calendar—how he uses his time—and his choice of words.

Yesterday, President Obama made good use of both.

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Markey generates excitement by proxy while Gomez gets little help from his friends.

Ed Markey has never been known as a charismatic, smooth talking, crowd pleaser. In his ongoing campaign for the US Senate, he has made no effort to persuade voters that he is.

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