Posts by Matthew Dickinson

 
 
 

No, That’s Not Why Cantor Lost, and That’s Not What It Signifies

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No, that’s probably not why Eric Cantor lost, and no, that’s not what we should conclude from his loss. To all of you who were lurking in the twitterverse last night, I apologize if I seemed to take a bit … Continue reading

The Bergdahl Dispute Is A Constitutional Issue More than A Partisan One

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The ongoing dispute regarding the Taliban-Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prisoner exchange is not only, or even primarily, a partisan fight. It is a constitutional argument, but one that will be decided (if at all!) not by a legal process, but by … Continue reading

The Boys of Pointe Du Hoc: What Obama Did Not Say In His D-Day Speech, and Why

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As I watched President Obama’s very fine speech yesterday commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, I couldn’t help but think back to what remains in my eyes the gold standard of D-Day remembrances: Ronald Reagan’s famous “Boys of … Continue reading

The Primary Lesson From California: It’s Not an Open and Shut Case

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A recent National Journal article (hat tip to Max Kagan) reprises a familiar journalistic lament: “[T]the existence of closed primaries in 12 states,” the article subheading proclaims, “keep[s] voters away from polls and polarize Congress.” (Full disclosure: the author, Kaveh … Continue reading

Why Presidents Negotiate With Terrorists

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Why do presidents negotiate with terrorists? In January, 1984, President Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of State George Schulz designated Iran a sponsor of international terrorism and, under a program called “Operation Staunch”, the U.S. began actively pressuring allies to enforce an … Continue reading

Why the VA Scandal Really Occurred and What Can Be Done About It

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The unfolding scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) agency is a reminder about some enduring truths about government bureaucracies. The most important is that an agency’s operators – those responsible for carrying out its core task – respond … Continue reading

In Defense of Nate Silver (Sort Of)

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Nate Silver’s new 538 website opened last week to generally lackluster reviews.  “It just isn’t working,” according to Tyler Cowens. Paul Krugman agrees: “I’m sorry to say that I had the same reaction. Here’s hoping that Nate Silver and company … Continue reading