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.

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I don’t know who is heckling John McCain during his economic speech this morning in Washington, but it really needs to stop. Every time the cameras and microphones pick up the sights or sounds of somebody shouting at McCain, followed reflexively by boos from the rest of the attendees, all it does is create sympathy for McCain.

Heckling at an event like this morning’s speech is not political action so much as it is muddleheaded vanity.

—Tom Schaller


Let's stipulate right off the bat that there were some unacceptably nasty comments, images and videos used to denigrate Hillary Clinton because she was a female candidate for president or just because she was a woman, period. But was sexism the reason for her failed campaign?

Did Road to Unity Begin in Virginia?

Before sneaking off to a secret meeting with Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama spoke kindly about Hillary Clinton at a rally in Virginia. His supporters weren't so nice.

A mixed-raced audience of amped-up supporters braved Northern Virginia's rush hour traffic and the oppressive humidity of the summer's first major heat wave yesterday to catch a glimpse of their newly-crowned Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. Barack Obama.

With a punctuality that would impress President Bush, the event at Bristol's Nissan Pavilion started promptly at 6 p.m. This seemed surprising at the time, but may have been because he was eager to be on time to his later personal meeting with Sen. Hillary Clinton in Washington.


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I should have gotten around to nakedly self-promoting this earlier in the week when it first posted, but I did one of those Salon “conversations” on the subject of race and the Democratic primary, along with Princeton’s Sean Wilentz and The Century Foundation’s Ruy Teixeira, hosted by Salon’s Mark Schone. You can read the transcript and/or listen to the audio here.