Steffen W. Schmidt, University Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Iowa State University, WNYC blogger, and chief Political correspondent of Insider Iowa.
If the talks fail and we go off the cliff the million-dollar question becomes, "who will be blamed for the failure?"
The pledge is now 20 years old, and polls show that if anything, it is a burden on Republicans as the nation struggles to preserve popular programs such as Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid.
Instead I recommend that Iowa Democrats also hold a straw poll ever four years on exactly the same date so that we can have an event during the straw poll called "Dueling Polls."
The first headlines the GOP is making post-election are for going after Susan Rice, the current UN ambassador whom Obama wants to nominate as the Secretary of State. Not a smart move.
We know that Barack Obama won the 2012 election by a convincing margin of electoral votes and a healthy popular vote. But we should also acknowledge that Mitt Romney, whose Secret Service name was Javelin, lost the election. Why?
According to the Washington Post, "Romney told the donors he believed ...
Women gave Obama 55 percent to Romney’s 43 percent - a massive gender gap that has to be a huge alarm bell to Republicans.
My advice is to not look at individual polls when trying to predict the outcome of a presidential election. Instead, here are several indicators that have proven helpful — and more accurate.
From Donald Trump to Gloria Allred, there's been a lot of talk about "The October Surprise" as the election enters its final sprint. Well, there is an October surprise and it's about to hit the East Coast.
After the debate, Romney's spin masters, including former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman, had a very difficult time after the debate explaining how Romney's foreign policy would be different from Barack Obama's.
The second Presidential debate was a very animated event. The wireless mike walk around format allowed both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama to get close to voters as they asked questions and also got into each other’s space and face. Town Hall meetings are not supposed to be “mano a ...
By not changing the narrative of the attack against the US consulate in Benghazi the Democrats have shown remarkable political naïveté and disorganization.
Anyone who thought that debates were, well, boring was proven wrong. That’s good for civic engagement, for getting the next generation excited and involved in politics.
It’s daunting and depressing not to see more storytelling in this election campaign of the tragedies of not having robust and sufficient regulation of services and products
in the average election year, you can accurately predict where the race will stand after the debates by knowing the state of the race before the debates.
With polls closer than you think, Wednesday night's debate could be a game-changer. Here's what we're watching for.
I find it shocking that there isn’t more outrage at the profoundly undemocratic intentions behind both the lack of motivation to register the unregistered and deliberately making it more difficult for people to have access to the vote.
Serious questions remain as to whether, after the overthrow of dictatorships, the U.S. failed to aggressively follow-up to help in the building of civil, security, economic, and political institutions in these countries.
While 9/11 was off-limits for campaign politics, the murder of Americans in Libya was not.
Now that the conventions are over, both campaigns will pivot to the swing states where they still need to make the case to crucial undecided voters. In my home state of Iowa, the campaigns are turning up the heat over every eligible pocket of the state.
So you’re running a political convention. You want excitement. You want Kumbaya. You want above all unity. But on Wednesday night during the early part of the evening session, unity was about to go down the toilet!