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

WHAT, IF ANYTHING, KEYSTONE VOTER REG DATA TELLS US

A few weeks ago, NBC/National Journal’s Matthew Berger reported that there were 101,499 new Democratic applications and 132,688 others who switched to the Democratic Party in Pennsylvania since January 1, compared to just 32,191 new Republican registrants and 13,937 switchers. Overall, these increases boosted the Democrats to a 900,000-voter registration advantage (4.1 million v.

SOMEBODY GET MARKETING ON THE PHONE.

Pharmaceutical companies spend millions market-testing the retail names for their prescription drug products (they’ve got the dough), and apparently names that include z’s and x’s for some reason create a soothing effect: Xanax, Zoloft, etc.

FEAR AND HATE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL.

Though the Hillary ad I mentioned below is not, in my view, offsides in its invocation of terrorism, this repellent and highly misleading ad produced by a conservative 527 group is clearly out of bounds.

CONTROVERSY OVER HILLARY'S NEW AD

I really don’t see what the fuss is about Hillary Clinton’s new ad that features—very briefly and as part of a larger montage of images—a brief shot of Osama bin Laden. So what? It’s not like the guy who masterminded the September 11 attacks and is still at-large is not an issue. He is. We should be trying to capture or kill him.

SIGNED STATEMENT DEPLORING ABC'S CONDUCT.

Several dozen journalists, columnists, authors, bloggers, policy wonks and other thinkers signed their names to a statement deploring the conduct of ABC News, and moderators George Stephanopolous and Charles Gibson, during Wednesday night’s Democratic debate.

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