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Longevity in politics rarely an issue in Massachusetts

Speaker John McCormack

It has been a very long time.

As has now been repeated ad nauseum, Congressman Ed Markey has represented his district in Washington for 37 years.

His Republican challenger repeatedly claims it has been 37 years of failure.  Gabriel Gomez goes on to say that he only needs 17 months to make a difference and stand again before the voters for judgment.

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Why is tonight’s debate crucial for Gomez?

Q. Why is a good debate tonight important for Gabriel Gomez?

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Is Gomez Anti-Science or Just Anti-Political Science?

In Tuesday’s US Senate debate Gabriel Gomez tried to separate himself from his party by assuring viewers that, unlike some Republicans, he is not anti-science. I’m not so sure that is true. Sure, he “believes in” climate change, but based on his campaign strategy it seems to me that he might not “believe in” political science.

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ProfessorU on NECN discussing the latest in the special election

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“Cooked” election calls and bad advice

Boston Herald columnist and “Republican Strategist” Holly Robichaud has some advice for Gabriel Gomez. Unfortunately for Gomez, her advice is comically stupid.

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Polarization and Identity Politics

Hypothesis: as polarization increases the utility of identity politics for candidates decreases. If this is true, then it should be good news for Ed Markey.

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Ed and Cooter: Just a couple of “Good Ole Boys.”

When your opponent’s only hope involves distracting voters from real issues, it’s best not to give him ammunition. That’s what has led Ed Markey to “disinvite” his old friend and House colleague, Ben Jones, from a fundraiser where Jones was the scheduled entertainer.

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How will Obama’s “scandals” impact the MA Senate race?

While others speculate about the impact of the recent spate of “scandals” bedeviling the Obama Administration on the 2014 midterm elections, we get to talk about some much more immediate potential electoral fallout. With a Special US Senate race just 43 days away in Massachusetts, how will these “scandals” impact the Markey-Gomez race? The imminence of Election Day in the Bay State also insulates us (a bit) from the righteous indignation of those who see political speculation as particularly offensive at this time when we should be focused on “substantive” issues of governance.

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What to make of the Lynch/Gomez Voter?

The logic of voting “the person, not the party” in federal elections has never been very strong, but in our present highly polarized national politics it is down right stupid. Paul Krugman’s recent praise of the South Carolina voters who just elected Mark Sanford to Congress makes this point quite concisely.

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“Coattails” Confusion in The Markey-Gomez Race

The latest poll in the Markey-Gomez US Senate race has surely dampened some the enthusiasm of Massachusetts Republicans, but one comment by the pollster, David Paleologos of Suffolk University, may have created some unnecessary confusion. He was quoted in the Boston Globe story about the poll as saying, “[t]he coattail effect will be beneficial to Markey, and that’s a problem for Gomez,”

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