Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is an associate professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and author of The Stronghold: How Republicans Captured Congress but Surrendered the White House.

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... I take an opportunity during one of the next tense exchanges and just say this: I'll respond in a second, but I want to pause a moment to say something about Sen. Clinton. She was not only one of the most influential and important women in American history last century, but with her Senate career has been and will be remembered as one of the most important women in American and world history in the 21st century. And yes, she's smart and dedicated and experience and loves her party and her country. I just think the politics of the moment call for something more. And I want to be the person who offers that something more. Gracious, thoughtful, true as hell ... and the final nail in the coffin. --Tom Schaller


It's now a tag-team WWF match: Change v. More of the Same Old Experience. Isn't it amazing that Obama and Edwards are using precisely the same slogan that the Bill Clinton "war room" used daily to pump itself up and enthrall the voters 16 years ago? The ironies abound. --Tom Schaller


Wow. Get your kids out and put them in front of the TV: The Clinton Era officially ended at 9:34 p.m. EST when Edwards paired with Obama to bury Hillary as a non-agent of change. Wow, again. -- Tom Schaller


Outside the Manchester Radisson I saw Duncan Hunter being trailed by a media contingent of … none. So I went outside to see if I could get him to say something about the John McCain comeback and whether nominating the Arizona senator might spell doom for a party because of what the xenophobic, close-the-border wing led by Hunter and Tom Tancredo might do if McCain wins this thing. Now, Hunter wasn’t going to let me get my question in until he shared some big, exciting news with me. As you may not have heard, there was a Wyoming Republican caucus today and, though Romney dominated it, Hunter, who was not invited to participate in tonight’s debate, won a lone delegate. “I won a delegate in Wyoming, so there’s only three of us on the scoreboard,” he said. “I think it’s a good reason for me to be in the debate tonight, which I’m being excluded from.” Finally, I did get him to answer the question of whether nominating a candidate who was not strong on border issues would be fatal for...

The Republicans' Accountability Moment

Huckabee's win is a clear signal to the Republican Party that their internal divisions are not going away.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, speaks at a victory party in Des Moines, Iowa, after being declared the winner of the Iowa Caucus. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
The Republican Party had an accountability moment last night in Iowa. Following two generations of ever-widening clout by Christian conservatives, last night's convincing victory by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee provided a warning to the establishment wing of the national Republican Party that it may no longer be able to pass off its preferred candidates to the party's most loyal supporters. In this largely-white, rural heartland state, where insurgent conservative candidates of the past have done well but usually finish second, Huckabee's evangelical-led, 34 percent to 25 percent Bible-thumping of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney sends to national party leaders a powerful signal that evangelical votes cannot be taken for granted. "I never thought I'd be able to say I love a state as much as I love my home state of Arkansas, but tonight I love Iowa," Huckabee told his cheering supporters at a victory celebration in a ballroom at the Embassy Suites in downtown Des Moines. "A...