Random sampler

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/08/opinion/waiting-for-a-landslide.html – Russ Douthat from the New York Times uses political science literature to make a persuasive argument for the importance of political compromise. He also, I think correctly, notes that “the next Republican president might find himself as hemmed in and frustrated as President Obama has become.” The president can only do such much, the context (partisan make-up of Congress and the electorate, other players, etc.) matters very much.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-masketnoel-indies-20110810,0,128833.story – Why a successful third-party or Independent presidential candidate might not solve all our political problems.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/what-do-the-political-science-models-tell-us-about-2012/2011/08/09/gIQADk3e4I_blog.html#pagebreak – What political science forecasting models can help us predict about the 2012 election… at this point.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thomas-m-holbrook/elections-2012-prediction_b_920618.html – Same as above. It’s too early to make any safe bets about the outcome of the 2012 election.

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