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August 22, 2013 8:01 AM Why the Democratic Party Needs 'Very Serious People'

Ashok Rao writes: Paul Krugman’s pet insult – “Very Serious Person” – is more important to understanding America’s policy failures than most people realize, and goes well beyond economic illiteracy. More than anything, without understanding VSPness (henceforth “vispy”) – one...

By Andrew Gelman

August 06, 2013 12:40 PM Why Shouldn't Obama's Campaign Guru Help the Tories?

Lots of leftists are beating up on Jim Messina, a wizard of President Obama’s presidential campaigns, for taking a job advising the UK Tories of David Cameron. To some observers it looks like utter hypocrisy: In exchange for filthy lucre,...

By Keith Humphreys

July 25, 2013 10:37 AM The Colorado Governor: How a Moderate Starts Looking Like a Liberal

Lynn Bartels had the lead story in yesterday's Denver Post, noting that Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper's (D) longstanding and tightly-managed image as a moderate is crumbling, just as his reelection campaign is beginning in earnest. The piece has lots of...

By Seth Masket

July 22, 2013 8:34 AM Democrats and Republicans, the Record on Civil Rights

One of the standard glibertarian/Republican lies is that, in the Civil Rights struggles of the early 1960s, Republicans stood for equality and Democrats stood for racism. They’ve even managed to fool PolitiFact on the first half of the claim, ignoring...

By Mark Kleiman

July 09, 2013 8:00 AM Are the Democrats at a Disadvantage in Redistricting?

To what extent are Democrats inherently disadvantaged in congressional elections because of where they live?  This was a hot topic of conversation just after the 2012 congressional elections, when the Democrats won a majority of the popular vote but a...

By Eric McGhee