Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is an associate professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and author of Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South.

Recent Articles

HILLARY'S BLOWN OPPORTUNITY LAST NIGHT

Here’s the truly sad news about Hillary Clinton today. In a way, she blew a great opportunity during last night's debate to do something dramatic: To reverse her negatives, remove the doubts about her as a Democratic team player, punch the media bigwigs (including her hubby’s own former deputy!) square in the jaw, and score major points with Pennsylvania voters.

IF I WERE...I'D BE WORRIED ABOUT THIS.

If I were Howard Dean, I'd be worried about this.

If I were Howard Wolfson, I'd be worried about this.

And if I were Juwan Howard, I'd be worried about this. (Note the career stats v. this year.)

--Tom Schaller

ABC GETS AN "A" FROM BROOKS

David Brooks gave ABC News and moderators George “here’s another Xmas present fer ya, Hill” Stephanopolous and Charles “I’m allowed to make up facts about capital gains tax revenues” Gibson an “A” for their debate performance last night. Stunning.

"SCREW 'EM" WITNESS LIST GROWING.

In case you missed it, the number of witnesses (all professors, I should add; can you really trust those louts?) who say they distinctly remember Hillary Clinton, at a Camp David summit in 1995 after the Democrats lost control of both chambers of Congress, saying “screw ‘em” of Reagan Democrats and working-class southerners who had abandoned her husband and the party in the 1994 midterms, is up to three.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ELITISM AND ARROGANCE.

I’ve taken a couple of days to ruminate on Barack Obama’s “bitter” comment and the ensuing “elitist” controversy before offering comment. Obviously, in strictly electoral terms his remark was a stupid thing to say, whether true or not and whether he meant it or not. Obama has to learn to check his impulses; sometimes you get the sense that he has such an inner confidence that he simply doesn’t think he’s prone to error. He is.

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