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It’s Smaller Government, Stupid.

August 22nd, 2012

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This piece was originally featured on the Huffington Post.

Smaller government. That’s the big theme Mitt Romney has chosen to run on. It’s why he chose Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his running mate. Ryan makes the strongest case for smaller government since Ronald Reagan. But will it sell?

Election campaigns are driven by market research. The party out of power has to figure out what voters want that they are not getting from the incumbent. If the opposition campaign gets it right, they win. Examples: “Order” in 1968 (LBJ couldn’t provide it, Richard Nixon ran on it). “Morality” in 1976 (Nixon couldn’t provide it, Carter ran on it). “Empathy” in 1992 (George H.W. Bush didn’t seem to have any, Bill Clinton felt your pain). Read the rest of this entry »

Crist, Rubio Target Disaffected Voters

May 8th, 2010

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This piece was originally published in National Journal.

Right now, there are two sources of discontent in the country. One is anti-government. The other is anti-politics. Both are on the Florida ballot this year.

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The Tea Party: Goldwater 2.0

April 24th, 2010

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This piece was originally published in National Journal.

If you are of a certain age, the “tea party” movement may evoke a distant memory, the takeover of the Republican Party by Barry Goldwater’s supporters in 1964. The two political movements share the same driving force — not personal discontent, but ideological outrage.

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California Heads Back To The Past?

March 15th, 2010

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This piece was originally published in The National Journal.

LOS ANGELES — California is looking backward these days. That sentence can be read two ways. Both are correct.

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