Tag Archives: John Tierney

Stop or stomp? That’s not the story.

Did Congressman Tierney really call on his supporters to stomp a tracker? Pretty clear he didn’t and it’s also pretty clear he handled himself with calm in the face of being pursued by an opposition operative.

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Moulton versus Tierney in the sixth: some historical perspective

Referring to Seth Moulton’s challenge to Sixth District Rep. John Tierney, an anonymous quote from yesterday’s Boston Globe caught my attention.: “He [Moulton] doesn’t represent a threat to Tierney, who’s doing everything right to represent his district,” said one Washington-based Democratic strategist. “Someday, he’ll have a bright future.”

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A silver lining?

It’s hard to find a silver lining for the Massachusetts Republican party.  Not adopting the national GOP platform is certainly a start but when you miles behind, moving a few inches forward doesn’t make you competitive.  

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The pivotal week for Romney and Brown

Not all weeks are created equal in the presidential campaign.  This one is unusually significant for three reasons.

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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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Political Silly Season

In my last couple of posts I’ve been referencing political science research that discusses how campaigns matter in election outcomes and myths about campaign advertising. But it’s July, it’s hot, and it’s silly season in politics. I have two examples.

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What We All Know About Campaign Ads Is Wrong

Here at MPP we try to entertain and inform while grounding our opinions on social science research. One example is my post Do Political Campaigns Matter? I asked the question in the context of the Brown-Warren and Tierney-Tisei races and linked to some good political science research discussed at the Washington Post and themonkeycage.org. So here is praise to those two outlets for more informative discussion, this time exposing Five Myths About Campaign Ads.

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Do Political Campaigns Matter?

Recently the Washington Post published an article that exposed one of the ugly truths of presidential campaign politics, at least for reporters and the political junkies who avidly follow each twist and turn (and spin). Campaigns don’t matter that much – not Etch-A-Sketch, and not the president’s birth certificate. Political scientists have shown that the fundamentals – the economy, partisanship, and incumbency – matter far more in determining the outcome of a presidential election.  So will campaigning matter in Massachusetts, for Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown, Richard Tisei and John Tierney?

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The Moakley Model and the race for the 6th

On Monday I wondered if the race in the 6th congressional district this year might resemble the elections of 1992 when Democratic incumbents were toppled due in no small measure to issues of corruption and scandal.

Today I a look at another possible model for an upset win on the North Shore: 1972.

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Political history and the race in MA06

John Tierney faces his most credible challenge for reelection since he assumed office and history is not on Tierney’s side this season. The question is whether 2012 is more like 1992 or 1972. I will focus on the former for today and look at 1972 on Wednesday. The issue at the moment is an incumbent Democrat who should win handily but, through a scandal within his family, may help the GOP send one of their own to the House of Representatives.

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