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

OBAMA-EDWARDS V. CLINTON-RICHARDSON.

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

R.I.P., THE CLINTON ERA, 9:34 P.M. EST.

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

SADDEST MOMENT OF PRIMARY 2008.

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.

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.

MORE ON DEAL-MAKING


As a follow-up to campaign deal-making, here’s a verbatim transcript of a quick one-on-one I had with Obama consultant David Axelrod:

DA: All I’ll tell you is that we’re after everybody…we want to be everybody’s choice. I don’t know anything about deals.

TS: Can you comment on whether you approached other candidates?

DA: I didn’t approach any candidates.

TS: Did David [Plouffe, campaign manager] or anyone else?

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