Monthly Archives: April 2009

The Future of Presidential Politics: More Democrats? More Polarization?

  The United States Census Bureau has evidently released the raw data from its November, 2008 voting and registration survey (I say evidently because I can’t find the actual results on their website – you can see for yourself!), and … Continue reading

Assessing Obama’s Coattails, Part II: A Presidential Mandate?

In an earlier post (see here) I tried to assess media claims that Obama’s election signified a “mandate” from voters for change. One way to measure that mandate is to estimate Obama’s “coattails”, that is, the degree to which members … Continue reading

Be Careful What You Wish For: Obama and Responsible Party Government

In 1950 a special committee appointed by the American Political Science Association released a landmark report entitled “Toward a More Responsible Two-Party System.”  As the name suggests, committee members sought to encourage the development of two ideologically distinct, internally cohesive … Continue reading

Those Were The Good Old Days…

I will be off line for the next several days, doing the college tours, but wanted to briefly follow up on several emails I’ve received regarding polarization in Congress.  Some of you have asked if things really are more polarized … Continue reading