Steffen W. Schmidt, University Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Iowa State University, WNYC blogger, and chief Political correspondent of Insider Iowa.
Steffen Schmidt appears in the following:
Friday, November 30, 2012
If the talks fail and we go off the cliff the million-dollar question becomes, "who will be blamed for the failure?"
Monday, November 26, 2012
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.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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."
Monday, November 19, 2012
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.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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 ...
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Women gave Obama 55 percent to Romney’s 43 percent - a massive gender gap that has to be a huge alarm bell to Republicans.
Monday, November 05, 2012
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.
Monday, October 29, 2012
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.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
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.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
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 ...
Monday, October 15, 2012
By not changing the narrative of the attack against the US consulate in Benghazi the Democrats have shown remarkable political naïveté and disorganization.
Friday, October 12, 2012
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.
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
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
Thursday, October 04, 2012
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.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
With polls closer than you think, Wednesday night's debate could be a game-changer. Here's what we're watching for.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
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.
Monday, September 17, 2012
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.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
While 9/11 was off-limits for campaign politics, the murder of Americans in Libya was not.
Monday, September 10, 2012
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.
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
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!