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Take Two, Drew! Linzer Unveils His Senate Forecast Model

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Longtime readers will know that I was a big fan of Drew Linzer’s 2012 presidential forecast model contained at his Votamatic website, and not just because he was kind enough fly out here to give a talk to Middlebury students during the middle of the presidential campaign. Linzer’s model, you will recall, correctly predicted the […]

Klein, Kristof and the Most Advanced Field in the Study of Politics

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One of my lasting memories of graduate school is hearing Professor Mo Fiorina, tongue only partly in cheek, tell a gathering of first-year Government (political science to most of you) doctoral students that the study of American politics was the most scientifically advanced among the discipline’s four major subfields. At the time I thought Mo’s […]

Obama, FDR, and the Summer of Pundits’ Disconnect

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I rarely focus an entire post on a single piece of punditry, but Ron Fournier’s National Journal article today, under the title “The Summer of Obama’s Disconnect” exemplifies so many of the misunderstandings regarding presidential power that I thought it deserved my (and your) undivided attention. Fournier’s basic point – one that has become the […]

Middlebury Dorm Shop

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We have all your dorm supplies in our Dorm Shop at the College Bookstore in Lower Proctor.  The Dorm Shop will be open today until 1:00, Orientation Week- Monday – Friday  8:30-5:00 with weekend hours Saturday Noon-5:00, Sunday 11:00-5:00 and Monday, September 8th 8:30-5:00.  Get your dorm outfitted while supplies last!

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What?! No Strategy? The President Should Just Resign

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Typically my Saturday post centers on a trip back using the WayBack machine to revisit some presidential archive, but I confess I’m too distraught over the President’s monumental gaffe to even bother with my usual topic. You know the gaffe I mean – Obama admitted during his press confidence two days ago that he didn’t […]

Why “We Don’t Have A Strategy Yet” Is a Good Strategy For Now

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In my years of punditry sophisticated application of political science to presidential politics, it has been rare for a president to both confirm my take on his previous actions and to follow my advice on what to do next within hours of my post on the topic. (Please, hold the hate mail – I’m not […]

Why “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” Becomes An Organizing Principle

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With news reports suggesting the Obama administration is contemplating extending air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) into Syria, it is worth revisiting Hillary Clinton’s implicit criticism that Obama’s foreign policy lacks any underlying guiding principles. You will recall that in her interview with the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, Clinton opined that […]