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You can tell politics is tribal by how it feels when your side suffers a setback. The sensation in your stomach when something doesn't go well for your candidate is the same one you feel when your favorite team loses. And rooting for a pro sports team is a purely tribal act – you’re a Cardinals fan because, for whatever reason, you've attached yourself to the team despite the fact that nothing beyond the name remains from when you started liking them. Politics is not entirely the same, but when your side comes up short you are not mourning lost...

October 04, 2012

Sometimes conventional wisdom forms because a quip, or a image, or a number is too good to resist. The other day, political commentator John Hlinko (@jhlinko) pointed out that it would be funny if Governor Romney ends up with 47% of the popular vote. Current polls show him favored by 45-47% of likely voters, and with the tendency of undecideds to lean towards the challenger, he might very well end up at high end of that range. It is also easy to imagine that, if it happens, the coincidence will lead to the lazy conclusion that Romney’s secretly...

October 03, 2012

At some point, a long time ago, the Romney campaign chose its logo. It was probably a quieter time, when the senior staff and the candidate had time to consider options, ask for changes, and make a considered decision. So how did they get it so wrong?

Even before criticisms about Bain Capital, or the arguments over withheld tax returns, the campaign must have known his wealth would be an issue. (See "For Romney, Wealth Means Both Freedom and a Trap" by Ann Gerhart and Philip Rucker in last Sunday's Washington Post). Questions like: Was he...

October 02, 2012

There’s been a lot of skewering of Republicans lately over their complaints about “skewed polls.” Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post, for instance, correctly points out that their objections are an attempt to “duck hard truths.” But another truth is that partisans on the short end of polling results always claim the surveys are wrong. The difference is now that, with unfiltered new media and Fox News, the complaints have a lot more volume behind them.

Any campaign I've ever been involved in, or watched unfold, managed the...

October 01, 2012

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