Posts by Matthew Dickinson

 
 
 

Why Obama’s Approval Ratings Languish

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I don’t normally focus too much attention on one survey, but when it helps illuminate a broader (and not uncontroversial) argument I’ve made it becomes too good to pass up. Readers will recall that in yesterday’s post I noted that … Continue reading

Why Obama’s Approval Is Bush League, Take Two

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Why are President Obama’s approval ratings so low? The latest aggregate polling at Pollster.com shows Obama’s approval rating at only 43% which, as the Pollster.com graph indicates, is pretty much right where it has been all this year. At RealClearPolitics, … Continue reading

ISIS, Noah, Watergate and Woodchucks

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This week’s Sunday Shorts: President Obama’s decision to engage in an open-ended air campaign designed to prevent the militant group Islamic State from expanding its territorial hold in Iraq has, predictably, been lambasted by critics on the Left and the … Continue reading

A Switch in Time: How Nixon Might Have Survived Watergate

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On Jan. 27, 1969, less than a week into the Nixon presidency, Nixon’s chief of staff H. R. Haldeman relayed the following request from President Nixon to White House aide and former Time magazine executive editor James Keogh: “The President … Continue reading

The Real Lesson of Watergate

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Beginning today, I’ll be posting at U.S. News & World Report’s online site once a week (typically on Friday) under the editorial direction of my former Middlebury student Rob Schlesinger and his team.  Since they prefer that I not crosspost … Continue reading

Why Political “Corruption” Is Good

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In his column in today’s New York Times, Thomas Edsall makes the case for what he calls “good corruption.” His essential point is that effective government is often weakened by reforms that make it harder for politicians to make the … Continue reading

Why Brennan Stays

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Finally, there is something liberals and conservatives can agree on: CIA director John Brennan must go. So why is he still in office? Even more puzzling – why did the President go out of his way during last Friday’s press … Continue reading