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What Earthquakes Can Teach Us About Elections

What Earthquakes Can Teach Us About ElectionsPolitical historian Allan Lichtman says he sees elections the way geophysicists see earthquakes — as events fundamentally driven by structural factors deep beneath the surface, rather than by superficial events at the surface.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

5 Foul-Ups In The Romney Campaign

5 Foul-Ups In The Romney Campaign"No campaign is perfect," Mitt Romney said on Election Day. "Like any campaign, people can point to mistakes." And so here we are, as the election dust settles, asking seasoned political observers to do just that — point out a handful of foul-ups, fallacies and false steps in Romney's run.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

Republican Response Likely To Be Tactical, Not Transformative

Republican Response Likely To Be Tactical, Not TransformativeInitial indications from within the GOP were that Mitt Romney's defeat wasn't seen as a rejection of the Republican platform as much as a failure of its standard-bearer to run a competent enough campaign to defeat a vulnerable incumbent.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

In Iowa, The Physics Of Politics

In Iowa, The Physics Of PoliticsBoth campaigns want to claim momentum heading into the final days of the campaign. This is especially true in battleground states like Iowa, where enthusiasm and voter turnout can make all the difference. Momentum is a common political metaphor, but what does it really tell us?» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

59.2 Million Tuned Into Monday’s Debate, Smallest Of The Audiences

59.2 Million Tuned Into Monday’s Debate, Smallest Of The AudiencesThere were 67.2 million viewers for the candidates' Oct. 3 faceoff and 65.6 for the debate on Oct. 16. One reason for the decline on Monday: Major League Baseball and the National Football League were also on the air Monday night.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

During Debates, Silence On Some Issues Was Deafening

During Debates, Silence On Some Issues Was DeafeningAmid all the talk of the economy and the Middle East, topics such as climate change, gay rights, campaign finance and the Supreme Court were completely ignored during the three presidential debates.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

Both Obama, Romney On Track To Spend $1 Billion By Election Day

President Obama and the Democratic Party's grand total is just north of $900 million dollars for the current cycle, while Mitt Romney and the Republicans topped $800 million.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

Media Circus: Candidates Brawl, Pundits Reverse Course Yet Again

Media Circus: Candidates Brawl, Pundits Reverse Course Yet AgainPundits fretted that the town hall format for Tuesday's presidential exchange would yield tepid results: undecided voters posing questions with little more than a passing touch from the moderator. The media's storyline quickly shifted, however, from the pressure facing the president after the previous debate to his more energetic performance.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us