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The New White Primary

Day Eight, America Held Hostage. As Professor Ubertaccio has argued here and here, President Obama cannot and should not negotiate with minority Tea Party in the Republican House. There is a majority in the Senate and a majority in the House willing to vote for a clean Continuing Resolution to reopen the government. The ransom note is being held by the Tea Party. Presidents aren’t supposed to negotiate with hostage takers, right?

Yet Speaker John Boehner and sensible Republicans are being held in check by an institutional arrangement that reminds me a bit of the old white primary system.

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ProfessorU on the newest members of the Mass. congressional delegation

Professor Ubertaccio joined Fox25 this morning to talk about the two newest members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation.

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What experience counts?

In response to Professor Cunningham’s post yesterday, someone asked via tweet, “Didn’t Joe Kennedy III just prove that name and $$$ are more important than experience?”  Well it does rather depend on how one defines “experience” and that usually depends on where one stands politically.

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On Workhorses and Reelection

The last two times there was an open Senate race in Massachusetts, 1984 and 2010, a member of Congress jumped into the race.  Ditto the last time (1978!) the Democrats overtook a Republican Senate incumbent.  Not so in 2012.

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Want to buy a congressional committee?

Nobody knows more about the corrosive effect of money in politics than my UMB colleague Tom Ferguson. Here are some insights from Tom:

 “Uniquely among legislatures in the developed world, our Congressional parties now post prices for key slots on committees. You want it — you buy it, runs the challenge. They even sell on the installment plan: You want to chair an important committee? That’ll be $200,000 down and the same amount later, through fundraising.

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