Susan Milligan


October 2010


Why Negative Ads Backfire

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To listen to the barrage of political ads in the last week of the campaign, one would think that Satan is running for office--many offices, in fact, across the country.

Liars, incompetents, lunatics, worshippers of false Gods--these, according to the industry that creates political ads, are our ...

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TAGS:
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Democratic Party
Conway, Jack
Paul, Rand
Kirk, Mark
Blumenthal, Richard
Republican Party
Delahunt, Bill

A GOP Sweep Would Be the Best Thing to Happen to Democrats

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Things are looking awfully dismal for the Democrats, who--despite an uptick in some polls and fundraising--appear poised to lose control of the House. If there is an enormous wave and low Democratic turnout, it’s conceivable the GOP will take back the Senate, too. But as dispiriting as that may be ...

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Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Republican Party
Democratic Party
health care reform
health care
Obama, Barack
taxes

The Tea Party's 'Real America' Is a Fantasy

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“Real America” is back. And it’s more disingenuous than ever.

The Tea Party movement, we are told by followers and academics studying the phenomenon, is a backlash against the so-called “New Elite,” those who went to prestigious schools, married others who (surprise!) went to prestigious schools,

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TAGS:
tea party
economy
unemployment
manufacturing
car manufacturers
deficit and national debt
Congress
Obama, Barack
Pelosi, Nancy
Frank, Barney

GOP Mud-Slinging in Massachusetts May Alienate Women Voters

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There’s a very dangerous game being played in the campaign for Massachusetts’s 10th District congressional seat (from which Democratic Rep. Bill Delahunt is retiring). And the results could have implications for candidates for higher office as female voters assess GOP candidates’ reactions to ...

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TAGS:
2010 Congressional elections
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Romney, Mitt
tea party
Congress
Massachusetts
National Republican Congressional Committee
Brown, Scott
Delahunt, Bill

The 2010 Elections' Shocking Numbers: Spending Up, Turnout Down

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The sad state of American politics is easily summed up in the alarming comparison of two sets of numbers: one, by the Center for Responsive Politics, and the other, by the Center for the Study of the American Electorate at American University.

Let’s start with the excellent work done by the Center ...

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Congress
Democratic Party
economy
unemployment
2010 Congressional elections
deficit and national debt
campaigns
politics

Sharron Angle Insults Women in Debate With Harry Reid

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The record number of Republican women running for statewide offices this year was an encouraging historical development, marking an important diversification in politics. The Democratic party had long driven the growth of females in elected office, and an influx of GOP women—particularly ...

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Angle, Sharron
Reid, Harry
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Snowe, Olympia
Pelosi, Nancy
Clinton, Hillary
social security
working women

Christine O'Donnell Must Drive Serious Republicans Crazy

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Chris Coons had the best question for GOP opponent Christine O’Donnell in Wednesday night’s Delaware Senate debate: “what is she talking about?”

But if Coons, the Democratic nominee, was frustrated or baffled at O’Connell’s uninformed answers, or just non-answers, one can only imagine how it must ...

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TAGS:
social security
Medicaid
Medicare
deficit and national debt
unemployment
economic stimulus
Delaware
Supreme Court
Ryan, Paul
Lugar, Richard
Sununu, John
Kerry, John
Castle, Mike
Coons, Chris
O'Donnell, Christine
Democratic Party
Republican Party
2010 Congressional elections
Congress

Peter Diamond Fed Hold Shows the Senate's an Embarrassment

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As consolation prizes go, it doesn’t get much better than the one awarded to the long-respected, now officially brilliant Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist Peter Diamond. Diamond, lauded for his research on the dynamics of the labor market, was given the Nobel Prize in economics for ...

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Shelby, Richard
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Republican Party
health care
health care reform
Nobel Prize
Federal Reserve
Obama, Barack
unemployment

Candidates Compete to Show They're Not Special

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The race to the bottom has become so heated in congressional campaigns that a U.S. Senate candidate is touting her suitability for elected office by saying “I didn’t go to Yale.”

Unless one is at a Harvard alumni reception, it’s hard to see why this is something GOP candidate Christine O’Donnell ...

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TAGS:
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
O'Donnell, Christine
Yale University
Republican Party
Hodes, Paul
Democratic Party
Ayotte, Kelly

Dumping Biden for Clinton Won't Help Obama in 2012

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If the Sharks hate the Jets and the Jets hate the Sharks, why would anyone assume that starting a new West Side gang with members of each side as leaders would somehow unite the factions in a peaceful new Story?

Yet that is the logic behind purveyors of the rumor that President Obama will dump Vice ...

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TAGS:
unemployment
national security terrorism and the military
terrorism
politics
Obama, Barack
Clinton, Hillary
Biden, Joe
Democratic Party
Republican Party
2012 presidential election

Republican Overreach Fueling Democrats' Comeback

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Are things actually looking up for the distressed Democrats?

Left for dead by a parade of pundits, the Democrats seem to be perking up. Tens of thousands showed up in Washington over the weekend for a progressive rally meant to counter the “Restoring Honor” march and rally conservative commentator ...

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TAGS:
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Republican Party
Democratic Party
2008 presidential election
Beck, Glenn
Barbour, Haley
Obama, Barack
O'Donnell, Christine
tea party

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