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Will Boehner control Congress

An excellent piece in the current edition of the New Yorker examining whether or not Boehner will be able to control the Tea party faction within the Republican party. This is obviously excellent for the Unit 4 work on Congress that we will do after January but it is also good in terms of divisions … Continue reading

Ethnic Minority Voters 2012

The outcome of the 2012 election could be determined by the electoral preferences of minority groups. The African American population in America has supported the Democrat Party since they became partr of the New Deal Coalition in the 1930s. In 2012 it is not whether or not African Americans will vote for Obama but whether … Continue reading

Obama= Reagan

This is quite a long article but it is definitely worth reading. This piece from Newsweek is comparing Reagan and Obama. Although this superficially seems to be a futile exercise the notion that Reagan is a seminal President for the Republicans and that Obama could become one for the Demcorats is significant. This piece has … Continue reading

A divided nation?

We keep telling you this but the single most important narrative in American politics is the process of partisan polarisation. This trend influences almost every aspect of American politics and was clearly evident at the Party Conferences. This piece from today’s Guardian suggests that the two conventions showcased two very different parties: one, the Democrats driven … Continue reading

Negative Campaigning

Negative campaigning is the process of discrediting your opponent rather than focusing on your own attributes. It has been on the rise in American poltics for a while and is closely linked to the process of political polarisation. Negative campaigning has long been associated with disillusionment and political apathy and the continued rise of negative … Continue reading

The changing ideology (?) of US political parties

The Washington Post has an interesting piece about the changing nature of the policy platforms put forward by American political parties. In the terminology of a Unit 1 UK politics question we would be discussing this in terms of ‘ideologies’ however as American politics has historically been ‘ideological- lite’ the notion of an evolving platform is perhaps … Continue reading

Newsweek on Obama

There are two excellent pieces available on the Newsweek website. The first is written by the British historian Niall Fergusson (who has Republican sympathies) examine why Obama deserves to be defeated in November. There are lots of examples of what Fergusson refers to as broken promises. http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/08/19/niall-ferguson-on-why-barack-obama-needs-to-go.html The inability of Obama to deliver what he … Continue reading

Duverger’s Law

Duverger’s Law is a classic piece of political science. Maurice Duverger writing in the 1950s stated that plurality electoral systems led to 2 party party systems. This post from Patrick Dunleavy on the LSE politics blog suggests that outside of the USA Duverger’s Law is a dead parrot. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/2012/06/18/duvergers-law-dead-parrot-dunleavy/#more-24544 This post is packed with excellent … Continue reading

Obama and Gay Marriage

Obama’s decision to say he supports Gay Marriage is a high risk strategy. While it will appeal to his core vote and particularly his donors. It will however potentially alienate Republicans and socially conservative African Americans- this could be risky in especially in some swing states. This piece from the Washington post examines how the issue … Continue reading

Polarisation of US Politics- Republican Divisions

The Economist carries an article this week that examines the Tea Party challenges in the Republican Senatorial contests. A key target for the Tea Party is Richard Lugar (Sen for Indiana)- a moderate, long serving Republican. Another long serving Republican Senator being targetted is Orrin Hatch, who in a great turn of phrase is described as … Continue reading

When Obama met Rolling Stone

Mr Bird has asked me to post this piece from Rolling Stone magazine, although the interview is quite long it is an interesting read. It has some nice bits on Democrat/ Republican divisions and ideologies which is what you are doing at the moment. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/ready-for-the-fight-rolling-stone-interview-with-barack-obama-20120425?print=true

Blue Dog Democrats

The Huffington Post reports the continued decline of the Blue Dog Democrats. After serious losses in 2010 two of the sitting Blue Dogs have lost their primaries in Pennsylvania. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/24/pennsylvania-primary-blue-dog-democrats_n_1450926.html

Veep Choices

The GOP have virtually picked their candidate- all that remains to happen is for Romney to pick his running mate. Sabato looks at the potential candidates with Rob Portman and Marco Rubio emerging as early front runners. There is even a video clip for your entertainment. http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/

A Quantum Theory of Mitt Romney

I am afraid the blog has been a little neglected over Easter but over the next few days, I will post the plethora of articles I have spotted over the last few weeks. I thought however I would start with this amusing piece (courtesy of Mr Mitchell) http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/opinion/sunday/a-quantum-theory-of-mitt-romney.html Aside from the fact its quite amusing the … Continue reading

Differences between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats

The Lib- Dem spring conferecne in Gateshead has prompted a flurry of comments about the nautre of Lib Dem policy and particularly how they develop a clear, separate identity to the Conservatives prior to the 2015 election, without breaking the coalition or undermining notions of CMR in the interim. With polling data showing a collapse … Continue reading