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Entries by Brendan Nyhan from 07/2010

When qualitative punditry adds value

| Posted 07.01.2010 | Politics

Sean Trende at Real Clear Politics objects to my post on Peggy Noonan's mystical interpretations of presidential popularity and mounts a defense of no...

The political version of Green Lanternism

| Posted 07.07.2010 | Politics

Jon Chait debunks a second species of presidential Green Lanternism at his TNR blog. Rather than asserting that the president's failure to achieve a p...

The economy versus events in Obama approval

| Posted 07.14.2010 | Politics

Sean Trende at Real Clear Politics has written an ambitious new post arguing that the state of the economy is not necessarily "principally responsible...

The bogus presidential "salesman" narrative

| Posted 07.15.2010 | Politics

Back in January, I predicted that the likely decline in President Obama's political standing due to the state of the economy and an unfavorable politi...

Cornyn's imaginary Bush renaissance

| Posted 07.19.2010 | Politics

During a C-SPAN interview taped Friday, National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman John Cornyn claimed "a lot of people are looking back with m...

More storytelling about Obama's political standing

| Posted 07.22.2010 | Politics

Writing in the New York Times, Matt Bai downplays the role of the economy in President Obama's current political struggles, arguing that "[i]t's just ...

Why Hillary Clinton should be Sarah Palin's role model

| Posted 07.26.2010 | Politics

Is Sarah Palin too polarizing to be elected president? This has become a central question in political commentary on the former Alaska governor and GO...

The persistence of the death panels myth

| Posted 07.29.2010 | Politics

The Washington Post reports on a new Kaiser poll showing that the "death panel" myth that plagued debate (PDF) over health care reform is still a sign...