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Rich Rubino is the author of two books The Political Bible of Little Known Facts in American Politics and Make Every Vote Equal: What a Novel Idea. He blogs for The Huffington Post, and is a panelist on the weekly Internet broadcast Politics is Sexy. In addition, Rich manages the political blog www.Politi-Geek.com. Rich holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Communications from Assumption College, and a Master’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College. He has worked as a Social Media Coordinator for Support Popular Vote, a group working to change the way electoral votes are allocated within the Electoral College. He has appeared on MSNBC, FOX News, Al-Jazeera and many other media outlets.

Entries by Rich Rubino

Will the Carpetbagger Card be Effective Against Scott Brown in the New Hampshire U.S. Senate Race?

(5) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 4:10 PM

Former U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) has packed his truck and moved full-time to his former vacation home in Rye, New Hampshire. He is running for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in November. With Brown the putative favorite for the nomination, the general election will...

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Political Insults: Cheap Shots or Do They Play an Important Role in American Politics?

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 11:50 AM

U.S. House Majority Leader Tip O'Neill (D-Mass.) had no problem publicly belittling Republican President and friend Gerald R. Ford. He said Ford was "worse than [Warren G.] Harding and [Herbert] Hoover put together." Yet O'Neill and Ford had a friendly personal relationship. They often golfed together. Ford took O'Neill's criticisms...

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John Boehner Is Not the First GOP House Leader to Experience Dissention Within His Own Party

(1) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 4:31 PM

John Boehner is experiencing a difficult tenure as U.S. house speaker. Boehner was re-elected to the post by his Republican colleagues with just 220 votes in 2013, just six more votes than the 214 necessary to be re-elected. Twelve members of Boehner's party did not vote for him. The conservative...

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Worst Case Scenario for Hillary

(3) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 1:47 PM

California Governor Jerry Brown said he will not seek the Democratic nomination for President in 2016. Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean has endorsed Hillary Clinton. Other potential Democratic Presidential aspirants are not likely to seek the nomination should Hillary enter the race. On the surface, this may seem auspicious for...

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Charlie Crist Is Not the First Politician to Ideologically Reinvent Himself

(2) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 4:44 PM

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen (R-IL 1959-1969) observed "I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times." In American politics, it is not uncommon for politicians to shift their positions to align with the polls, and some undergo...

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The Proliferating Role of Populism in American Politics

(10) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 11:19 AM

Populism (the doctrine that pits the people against established elites) might be at its high watermark in American politics. On both the right and the left, there is a proliferating challenge from a populist ideological bloodline whose adherents style themselves as being at war with the establishment elite of their...

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The Art of Political Pandering

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 7:50 AM

Voters often lament that presidential candidates deliberately communicate to the electorate what the electorate wants to hear. Voters complain that candidates are simply weathervanes, afraid to speak their minds and hesitant to let voters know their true feelings for fear of electoral recrimination. They bemoan the propensity for candidates to...

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Could 2016 Be Rand Paul's Moment?

(9) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 2:13 PM

This is perhaps the most hospitable political climate for a presidential run by U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). There is a resurgence of the Libertarian bloodline within the Republican Party. The Libertarian ideological trilogy of non-intervention abroad, free markets at home, and support for civil liberties was once a dominant...

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How a U.S. Senator Can Avoid "The Senate Curse" and Get Elected to the Presidency

(3) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 7:16 PM

Between 1960 and 2008, 50 U.S. Senators sought the Presidency and lost. U.S. Senator Barack Obama broke the nearly half-century "Senate Curse" in 2008 by wining the Presidency.

The Senate is an interesting place in that so many members try to use it as a launching pad to run...

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The Electoral Purge: The Gravitational Pull That Pries Disaffected Voters Away From Electoral Alternatives and Back to the Two Major Political Parties

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 4:04 PM

The current popularity of the Democrat and Republican Parties is well below 50 percent, and plunging. A recent Gallup Poll found that only 26 percent of Americans are satisfied with the two-party political system and that 60 percent of Americans believe a third political party is needed. Gridlock...

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Why Do 'Congressional Truants' Still Get Paid While Openly Seeking Other Jobs?

(2) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 3:02 PM

The partial federal government shutdown and debt ceiling controversy spotlight the partisan wrangling in the U.S. Congress. Republicans and Democrats fear working with members of the opposing party on major legislation. They fear electoral reprisals from their party base. Yet there are areas where both sides seem to agree. One...

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In Politics, Loyalty to Your Boss May Be Hazardous to Your Political Career

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 2:15 PM

This year marks the 45th anniversary of Vice President Hubert Humphrey's historic speech in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he broke with President Lyndon B. Johnson over U.S. policy in Vietnam. Humphrey was the Democratic Party's Presidential nominee. This was a rare moment when a Vice President benefited from breaking...

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Political Family Feuds: The Good, the Bad, and the Really Ugly

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 7:15 PM

The 2012 presidential election was the first since 1976 where a member of the Bush or Clinton families was not a presidential or a vice presidential candidate. However, the 2012 election may be an aberration in that former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush...

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Can Hillary Clinton Break the 'Presidential Cabinet Curse'?

(5) Comments | Posted September 2, 2013 | 11:07 PM

Less than a year after the 2012 presidential election, supporters of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are busy laying the groundwork for a possible presidential campaign for 2016. Currently, Hillary is the preponderant frontrunner to secure the Democratic presidential nomination. Many are interested to see if she can...

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The Establishment is Not Quite as Established as One Might Think

(8) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 4:51 PM

There is no greater term of derision in American politics than to be called an "establishmentarian." No one wants to be portrayed as a tribune of the status quo, especially at a time when politicians are held in such low esteem. There is no shortage of candidates who characterize themselves...

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A New Bipartisanship

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 6:17 PM

It has become conventional thinking that bipartisanship is moribund in American politics. Recent elections of Tea Party Republicans have cemented this mindset. Ironically, the increasing partisan polarity may actually have the unintended result of effectuating a new bipartisanship. Politics is not a continuum but a circle. We are now witnessing...

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Unexpected Presidencies

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 6:38 PM

A presidential campaign is a tedious and protracted process where strategies are developed, employed, and usually changed, and where operational tactics are formulated and brainstormed for every possible situation the campaign finds itself in. However, sometimes a president assumes office by mere serendipity. One odd or unusual event can lead...

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If Hillary Were a Republican She Would Have a Better Chance at Winning Her Party's Presidential Nomination

(6) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 1:06 PM

If Hillary Clinton chooses to seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, she will be in the catbird seat, at least on paper. Hillary presently holds a commanding lead over all other prospective Democratic presidential candidates. Although it might appear likely that she will be coroneted by the Democratic Party...

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Barack Obama Is Not the First President to Receive Heat From His Base

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 3:26 PM

Barack Obama has spent an inordinate amount of time during his second term in office fending off attacks. These attacks are not exclusively coming from conservatives: Many are coming from the progressive base of the Democratic Party.

A large portion of progressives held their noses and supported the president...

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Democratic and Republican Ideologies Undergo Dramatic Role Reversal

(2) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 9:24 AM

The Democratic and Republican Parties have undergone a long transition from their founding ideological principles. The Democrats started out as the conservative party but are now the liberal party, and the Republicans were once the liberal party but are now the conservative party.

The Democratic Party we know today...

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