Posts by Matthew Dickinson

 
 
 

The Malaysian Shootdown: What Would Reagan Have Done?

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Last Thursday’s apparently deliberate shoot down of a Malaysian civilian airliner by Ukrainian separatists using Russian weaponry inevitably brought back memories of the Soviet’s shooting down of Korean Airlines 007 in August, 1983. And, not surprisingly, conservative and liberal pundits … Continue reading

Sunday Shorts: Burns and Garner, Orszag and Fiorina

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A mixed bag in today’s Sunday Shorts – we mourn the passing of two public figures, and note their presidential ties. And we (gently) take issue with a recent column by Peter Orszag who waded publicly into the political polarization … Continue reading

The President Is Dead. Long Live the President.

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It’s Saturday – time for another trip to the presidential archives.  To understand the significance of today’s archival document, you need first to look at the document’s date: November 23, 1963. It is, of course, the day after President Kennedy … Continue reading

Who Will Win The Senate? A Primer on Midterm Forecasts

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With the nominating phase of the congressional campaign just about over and the midterm elections less than four months away, you are going to see an increasing number of predictions, prognostications and more than a few statistically-driven forecast models purporting … Continue reading

How Do Americans Like Their Policies? In Moderation, Please.

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In Monday’s post I took issue with Vox founder Ezra Klein’s claim that, in his words “the idea of the moderate middle is bullsh*t.”  You will recall that Ezra argues that indexes purporting to show the existence of a moderate … Continue reading

Why It’s Always Morning in America: The Legacy of Carter’s Malaise Speech

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Thirty five years ago this evening, President Jimmy Carter went on nationwide television to give his infamous “malaise” speech. You can watch the speech in its entirety here. If you listen carefully, you’ll notice that he never actually uses the … Continue reading

The Myth of the Myth of the Moderate Middle

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Vox founder Ezra Klein posted this diatribe last week explaining why he believes “moderate voters are a myth” that was extreme even by Ezra’s standards. Drawing on this draft paper by Douglas Ahler and David Broockman, Klein argues that the … Continue reading