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A small victory in a small campaign

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Barack Obama has returned to the White House following one of the most acrimonious, negative and ideas-free campaigns in living memory. Read my spiked article in full here.

The Democrats’ “New Clerisy”

Joel Kotkin has a very perceptive article in The Daily Beast on the new Democratic Party coalition formed under President Barack Obama. I’ve often struggled with coming up with a term that summarizes the variety of interest groups that comprise this coalition and their outlook, and Kotkin has come up with one that may be […]

This week’s articles of note

“It’s global warming, stupid,” Bloomberg Businesweek, by Paul M. Barrett “Of Sandy, ducks, and climate change,” National Review, by Charles C.W. Cooke “Still waiting for the Narrator in Chief,” New York Times Magazine, by Matt Bai “Clarity needed on Benghazi,” Washington Post, by David Ignatius “New details on Benghazi,” The Daily Beast, by Eli Lake […]

Hurricane Sandy: a political storm

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Pundits’ exploitation of Sandy to big up Barack Obama shows how desperate they have become. Read my spiked article in full here.

Never mind Big Bird. Where are the Big Ideas?

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After expending all his energies demonising his opponent, Obama lost the TV debate because the truth emerged: Romney is not actually evil. Read my spiked article in full here.

Why the presidential election is volatile

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Before the first Obama-Romney debate on 3 October, the consensus among pundits was that it was very unlikely to impact the election contest much. Historically, they noted, debates just do not move the needle much. And yet, it appears that the first debate indeed has shifted the momentum of this year’s race significantly. Before the […]

Obama and the end of great expectations

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In 2008, Obama won by exciting and raising people’s expectations. In 2012, he hopes to win by lowering them. Read my spiked article in full here.

This week’s articles of note

 ”Struggling to advance,” National Journal, by Ron Brownstein “Why big money can’t buy an election after all,” The Fiscal Times, by Bruce Bartlett “Why I refuse to vote for Barack Obama,” The Atlantic, by Conor Friedersdorf “The myth of male decline,” The New York Times, by Stephanie Coontz “Stealth war to redefine science,” USA Today, […]

Obama and the end of great expectations

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Four years ago the American presidential race excited people as no election in recent memory had.  Not only would the election of Barack Obama mark the symbolic achievement of the first black president. Obama the candidate ran on an uplifting campaign promising “hope” and “change”. He would be a “transformative” president. His message energized many. […]

This week’s articles of note

“Obama’s shaky Libya narrative,” The Daily Beast, by Eli Lake “America’s last politically contested territory: the suburbs,” The Daily Beast, by Joel Kotkin “The next panic: Europe’s crisis will be followed by a more devastating one, likely beginning in Japan,” The Atlantic, by Peter Boone and Simon Johnson “How the Justice Department transformed an Amish […]

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