Thomas F. Schaller is a professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and author of "Whistling Past Dixie." His column appears Wednesdays in The Sun.

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Thomas F. Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller

Conservatives better suited to Congress

Conservatives better suited to Congress

January 6, 2015

The conventional wisdom is that if national Republicans continue to promote policies and politics that appeal mostly to older, white, married and religious voters in a country that is becoming younger, more diverse, less married and more secular, the party is doomed — if not now, then surely in the longer term.

  • Nowhere to go but up for Southern Democrats

    December 9, 2014

    There have been five federal elections — three midterms and two presidential cycles — since the October 2006 publication of my book, "Whistling Past Dixie." In it I argued that, given the Democratic Party's declining southern fortunes, the party should develop a non-southern national electoral strategy.

  • Tom Schaller: The right systematically manufactures bogus news

    November 25, 2014

    If you haven't heard of Jonathan Gruber, an architect of the Affordable Care Act whose testimony about transparency in passing Obamacare has gone viral, expect a rash of new stories about him.

  • Race had a role in Hogan's win

    November 11, 2014

    Larry Hogan's 5-point defeat of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown last week in the Maryland governor's race was overshadowed by national electoral developments, notably the Republicans' recapture of the U.S. Senate majority they lost in 2006. But what a win.

  • Race, party favors and early voting key in Md. governor's battle

    October 28, 2014

    The Maryland gubernatorial race is closer than many pundits, myself included, had expected. Whoever wins Tuesday, we can take away at least five lessons from the contest between Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Republican businessman Larry Hogan.

  • The Connie Morella effect [Commentary]

    October 14, 2014

    The tighter the Maryland governor's race becomes, the more I think about Connie Morella.



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