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Fight Club Politics

0 Comments | Posted September 4, 2006 | 8:55 PM

I've always judged myself, to a great extent, on my ability to make others happy. It seems sensible, and I haven't gotten many complaints about it over the years from my family, friends, or colleagues. Part of this stems from my upbringing, and it helps meet a standard requirement for...

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Gas Prices

0 Comments | Posted April 27, 2006 | 10:44 PM

I'm surprised people haven't mentioned gas prices in all these posts. It's clear that American voters are best mobilized by pocketbook issues, and there's a reason why Senate Democrats held a press conference this week by a Capitol Hill gas station. Of course, I was pleased to see my colleague...

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HuffPost Readers: As Divided as the Democrats

0 Comments | Posted April 27, 2006 | 5:27 AM

This last set of comments helps explain why the Democratic Party is having such a tough time coming up with a unified platform for the fall elections. Some seem to think the way to win is by tacking to the center, others believe the party should shift to the left,...

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Why People Should Vote, and be the Deciders

0 Comments | Posted April 26, 2006 | 11:48 AM

There's clearly a lot of anger out there, and skepticism about whether people's votes actually count. I happen to be a big believer in voting, which is a trait I got from my grandmother. While she just died at 100 a month ago she didn't miss a single change to...

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Have We Reached a Tipping Point?

0 Comments | Posted April 25, 2006 | 6:46 PM

In response to the reader who asked whether we've gotten to the point of where people are going to address what's happening in our political system, I think we'll get our answer this fall. Either we'll witness a real voter rebellion, in which case lawmakers will have to respond, or...

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NJ Shout Out and a Few Other Comments

0 Comments | Posted April 25, 2006 | 2:08 PM

Rep. Mike Ferguson's (R-N.J.) district is exactly the kind of problem I write about in my book. He, along with Democrat Rush Holt, was in a swing district before the most recent round of redistricting. Then the two parties teamed up to protect all of their incumbents in 2002, even...

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Why Politicians Don't Think Long Term

0 Comments | Posted April 25, 2006 | 10:11 AM

One reader raised an interesting question: why voters tend to worry more about long-term issues, such as climate change, as opposed to their elected representatives. I think about this issue a lot, since I cover the environment, and Americans talk to me all the time about global warming yet there's...

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Arnold, New Jersey and Polarization

0 Comments | Posted April 24, 2006 | 6:03 PM

There are a lot of good comments here, so I'm just going to respond to a few of them right now. I didn't miss California's redistricting reform initiative (or Ohio's, for that matter) I wrote about them in my book and in the Post's Outlook section in November. Both...

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Fight Club Politics

0 Comments | Posted April 24, 2006 | 10:40 AM

Hey there, this week I'll be writing about my new book, "Fight Club Politics: How Partisanship is Poisoning the House of Representatives." In some ways I face a daunting task: I'm trying to get Americans to care about redistricting, a wonky topic that's not about to make it onto the...

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