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The Comeback Cardinal

Once upon a time the Catholic Church played a major role in Massachusetts politics, so big that as historian Thomas O’Connor remarked “When Cardinal O’Connell spoke, the State House shook.”  It’s been awhile; and the Church not only lost its grip on the legislature but upon the laity, Cardinal Sean O’Malley once remarking that the willingness of Catholics to vote for pro-choice Democrats “borders on scandal.”

There are signs of life though: a more sophisticated political approach, better relations with politicians, and Cardinal O’Malley’s leadership on social justice issues like poverty and immigration. Some but not all of this relates to the popularity of Pope Francis. As the Boston Globe’s John L. Allen, Jr. wrote Sunday, Cardinal O’Malley projects as the “American Francis.” Let’s take a closer look.

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Immigrants: The Stranger Who Resides with You

I suppose that the immigration issue will come up this year and as Prof. Duquette noted recently, the Boston Herald’s Joe Battenfeld has already encouraged the Republican Party to exploit the issue of driver’s licenses for unauthorized immigrants in Massachusetts. Prof. Duquette’s much wiser advice is to leave the issue alone. Some recent news from the Pew Center for Religion and Public Life supports my colleague’s counsel.

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Democrats Dilemma: Might Martha Coakley Faint During Debate?

victorian-lady-faintingCould Martha Coakley capture the Democratic gubernatorial election only to get the vapors while debating Charlie Baker and faint dead away like some delicate nineteenth century Victorian spinster?

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Lynch and the Anti-Obamacare Massachusetts Democrats

Congressman Stephen Lynch finds himself in some unusual company in having opposed Obamacare. Let’s not forget that Democratic Party 2010 senate nominee Attorney General Martha Coakley and her main primary opponent Congressman Michael Capuano both pledged to kill the Affordable Care Act.

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Known-Unknowns in the Special Senate Election

Recently I’ve enjoyed writing about known-knowns and unknown-unknowns as they might influence the coming special senate election for John Kerry’s seat. Today I’m thinking about known-unknowns – the things we know we don’t know. I don’t guarantee any of these speculations will actually happen either; I’m a political scientist, not Jean Dixon.

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Best of: Your Next Senator Will Be . . .

Unfortunately Prof. Cunningham is ill and will not be doing an original post today. He leaves us with this prior rumination on predicting who will succeed John Kerry. On Tuesday he will return to discuss the known-knowns, known-unknowns, and unknown-unknowns in the race to succeed Senator Kerry.

Your Next Senator Will Be . . .

Your next senator will surely be (your guess here) and that will set things up for (who knows?) to be your next governor. There is a lot of speculation about how the next two years of politics will play out and it is this sort of expert attention that boosted the successes of Governor Tom Reilly and Senator Martha Coakley, as well as the inevitable re-election of the unbeatable Senator Scott Brown.

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Algebra of “Your Next Senator Will Be …”

Last week I posted Your Next Senator Will Be … in which I noted that while speculating on the identity of our next US senator or governor is an entertaining pastime,   recent experience with Deval Patrick, Scott Brown, and Elizabeth Warren should caution all of us about our  capability with a crystal ball. Some comments and conversations about the topic got me thinking about what common factors might have contributed to each upset victory. So here is my mathematic-looking but unscientific thought on why Patrick, Brown, and Warren won: each ran from the outside and stood for something, and their opponents really didn’t.

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Your Next Senator Will Be . . .

Your next senator will surely be (your guess here) and that will set things up for (who knows?) to be your next governor. There is a lot of speculation about how the next two years of politics will play out and it is this sort of expert attention that boosted the successes of Governor Tom Reilly and Senator Martha Coakley, as well as the inevitable re-election of the unbeatable Senator Scott Brown.

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