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

THE INTRACTABILITY OF BUSHISM.

Near the top of the list of intractable problems the Bush Administration has created, Iraq most notably among them, is Guantanamo. Jeffrey Toobin has a great piece in the New Yorker about the situation down in Cuba. It’s easy to call for the base to be shut down which, as Toobin notes, all three remaining presidential candidates have. But how to do it?

PUNDIT CARPENTRY

Steve Benen hammers Joe Liebermantwice, actually.

Michael Scherer nails the state of the Democratic race.

And Josh Marshall saws Hillary Clinton in half.

--Tom Schaller

HILLARY FOR GUV: A TIP SHEET

Dana’s article about the possibility of a former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton angling to be future New York Gov. Hillary Clinton isn't that far-fetched of a scenario. Personally, I think Clinton is a skilled senator, which is not a veiled suggestion that she is incapable of being a chief executive but merely an observation that she is a natural legislator.

ROTHENBERG'S OPEN DOZEN


Electoral forecaster Stu Rothenberg recently updated his “dozen most vulnerable open House seats,” including the first three he deems “likely to go Democratic and…in a class of their own.” Of the remaining nine, all but two are Republican open seats.You can read the whole column, which originally appeared in Roll Call, here, but the following are all 12 seats with some of Rothenberg's descriptions:

SOUTHERN SPECIALS.

Contra my predicted-the-2006-midterms-pretty-damn-well book, might there just be a 2008 resurgence for Democrats in southern House seats? I’m not convinced yet. But two recent polls of upcoming special election races, both by Anzalone Liszt Research, suggest even in the Republicans’ strongest strongholds may be weakening.

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