The Duck of Minerva

The Duck Quacks at Twilight

Damn Yankees!

January 22, 2012

Wow. South Carolina took a cane to the “Mormon Massachusetts Moderate” last night. This moves Nate Silver to write a longish post comparing the conventional wisdom (now embodied by my colleague, Hans Noel, and his co-authors) with the “This time it’s different” crowd, in which Silver makes not a single, tiny, one-off mention of Citizens United. I’m not saying that it’s certain that Newt’s rich friends dumping millions of dollars through independent, pristine, non-corrupting, corporations-are-people-too UberPacs  into a relatively small media market might have impacted the race (we’ll wait for the capital-P, capital-S Political Scientists to prove it… or not)

Meanwhile, Romney has decided to heed campaign 101 and avoid the drip, drip, drip of TaxAvoidanceGate by releasing all of his returns his 2010 returns. Maybe Mitt can blow this, after all.
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Daniel H. Nexon is a Professor at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. His academic work focuses on international-relations theory, power politics, empires and hegemony, and international order. He has also written on the relationship between popular culture and world politics.