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Entries by Brendan Nyhan from 07/2011

Who Would Be Blamed For a Debt Default?

| Posted 07.15.2011 | Politics

Over the years, people have come up with lots of stories about why the president won't get credit for a good economy or why the opposition will be blamed for a bad economy, but things rarely work out that way.

Obama Advisers Looking for Wrong Lessons

| Posted 07.21.2011 | Politics

Eisenhower, Nixon, and Bush 43 all produced at least moderate income growth during their first four years in office; Obama so far has not. Unless the state of the economy improves, it's not likely to matter who he models his 2012 campaign after.

Why are GOP Governors Unpopular?

| Posted 07.22.2011 | Politics

Nate Silver suggests that Republican governors are unpopular due to their conservatism: [J]ust a year ago, there were plenty of moderate Republican ...

Third Party Hype: Thomas Friedman Redux

| Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics

Yesterday Thomas Friedman proclaimed that a viable third party presidential candidate will emerge in 2012. Friedman has made similar proclamations several times before.

Judis Wrong on Reagan, Bush Popularity

| Posted 07.30.2011 | Politics

John Judis writes in The New Republic that Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush "enjoyed great popularity even though polls showed that the public dislike...