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Brett C. Di Resta

Entries by Brett C. Di Resta

What They Can't See

(15) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 5:49 PM

My oldest son is fascinated with with idea of driving. Occasionally, he'll sneak into the front seat and pretend to drive. He's got the movements down pat -- the hands at 10 and 2, even the ability to yell at other people while honking the horn. Basically, he gets what...

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Imaginary Enemy

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 3:22 PM

One of the many indelible images from the 2012 campaign was Clint Eastwood talking to an imaginary Obama. It became a flashpoint for late night comedians and Internet memes, but it actually was a perfect snapshot of the modern Republican Party.

The president has high approval ratings. His proposals...

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Tarnished Silver

(17) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 5:08 PM

It's pretty good to be Nate Silver right now. During the presidential campaign, he became a media sensation by taking on Joe Scarborough and the right-wing noise machine. He then correctly predicted every state in the presidential race. He was just named Out Magazine's person of the year....

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Governs Least

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 5:52 PM

It's been a good few weeks for Democrats. Obviously, the election has Democrats elated. But the recriminations that have followed the GOP shellacking have been just as much fun. Consultants are going after Congressional Republicans for being too extremist. Right wing "journalists" are attacking consultants. And...

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Confirmation Overload

(1) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 11:34 AM

When I approach a new research project, I try to do it with an open mind, eschewing strong opinions. It is, of course, easier said than done. As my columns indicate, and my family and friends can attest, strong opinions (along with withering sarcasm) are my stock in trade.


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On the Wrong Track

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 7:23 PM

It all started with that one word "Macaca."

That slur convinced every campaign in America that they needed a tracker, a person to document the public events of their opponents.

Oh sure, campaigns had used trackers before. When I started research, it was a rare thing to...

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How Frank Luntz Is Killing the GOP

(3) Comments | Posted April 9, 2012 | 4:02 PM

This post isn't what you expect. I'm not here to bury Frank Luntz, but to praise him. For those not familiar, Frank Luntz is a top Republican pollster and wordsmith. Luntz is best known for working with Republicans on language, making sure that Republican talking points are soothing to the...

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It's About That Time

(4) Comments | Posted April 1, 2012 | 9:19 PM

At least once a cycle, usually when there is a lull in the campaign frenzy, opposition researchers get re-introduced to the world in some breathless news report. Some common threads run through these stories. For instance, a furrowed brow reporter talking about these sly people who shower campaigns with mud,...

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