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The independent herd

The big news in this election cycle is the rise of the Tea Party. Fair enough. But passing under the radar is an accompanying development that could have even more far-reaching consequences — the rise of an emboldened third force in our politics.
Is the nation in the midst of an unheralded political realignment?
By STEVEN STARK  |  October 08, 2010

How Brown won

As the Massachusetts US Senate election unfolded yesterday, all that the pols and pundits wanted to talk about was how Martha Coakley managed to lose the race. And there is plenty there to dissect. But there is another part of the story, and that is how
While Massachusetts Democrats assess blame for who lost the Senate seat, the truth is that Scott Brown won it
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 22, 2010

Grumpy World

P&J were strangely drawn to the story by Linda Borg in the Sunday BeloJo on the exceptionally low marks the Biggest Little received in a happiness index conceived by what we suspect are a bunch of elite jickies from across the pond for the journal S
Happy? Not us! Plus, Pawtucket pride, saluting the navy, and a New Year’s toast.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 01, 2010

Arlen the Family

So, Arlen Specter is now a Democrat. That's old news.
Will Specter the Defector trigger a Democratic domination, or is his jump the sign of a growing moderate revolution?
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 08, 2009

Feeling Minnesota

The overall success of the event will largely come down to one question: how effective and memorable will Barack Obama’s acceptance speech prove to be?
If McCain wants to gain on Obama, he needs to achieve these four goals in St. Paul
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 27, 2008

Going both ways

Right now John McCain is doing better than he and the Republicans deserve.
Here’s a strategy sheet for McCain on how to defeat Obama.
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 28, 2008