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The verdict on class and voting

Michael Hout, professor emeritus of sociology and demography | November 13, 2012

Class issues stood out more in the 2012 presidential election than in previous ones, even more than in 2008. The campaigns invoked, as always, issues of all sorts, but seldom in American politics are the issues of class so prominent as they were this year. Governor Romney’s personal wealth and how he accumulated it were … Continue reading »

From green governor to conservative candidate: The amazing transformation of Mitt Romney

Dan Farber, professor of law | October 30, 2012

“EPA New England applauds Governor Romney for his strong environmental leadership.” That quote from EPA’s regional director in 2004 shows the extent of Romney’s transformation in the past eight years. It’s no secret that Mitt Romney’s current views on many issues differ from his actions as Governor of Massachusetts.  Still, it’s a bit shocking to … Continue reading »

Neoncons and the foreign-policy presidential debate: The ism that dare not speak its name

Lawrence Rosenthal, executive director, Center for Right-Wing Studies | October 23, 2012

In Monday’s final presidential debate, President Barack Obama came full circle and more from his conflict-averse showing in the first debate. Obama not only attacked his opponent, but, in the absence of much challenge from Mitt Romney, took it upon himself to raise the very points required to mount his attacks. For the most part, … Continue reading »

Was debate #1 a Pyrrhic victory?

Robin Lakoff, professor emerita of linguistics | October 4, 2012

Debate 1 is over, and the pundits have declared Mitt Romney the victor. The only remaining question is: was his victory overwhelming, or did Romney only win because Obama didn’t? That is today’s story. But will it be the way we tell it after November 7? On the surface it seems set in stone: Romney … Continue reading »

A side-by-side comparison of Romney and Obama on energy and environment

Dan Farber, professor of law | April 23, 2012

I’ve put together a table of language from the issues sections of the official campaign websites dealing with energy and environment. I decided to use the candidate’s own language to avoid interposing my own views on the issues. Please keep in mind that the table uses their language, not mine. Not surprisingly, the candidates frame … Continue reading »