2012 In Review: Political Junkies Anticipate Full Year Ahead

December 28, 2012
Congressman Ed Markey and U.S. Sen. Scott Brown may face each other in a special election to replace U.S. Sen. John Kerry (AP)

BOSTON — From a special election to fill U.S. Sen. John Kerry’s seat to a mayor’s race in Boston, 2013 is shaping up to be a busy year in Massachusetts politics.

Why Scott Brown Lost

November 09, 2012
Sen. Scott Brown, after his Election Night concession speech (Dominick Reuter for WBUR)

For the GOP to make a comeback in Massachusetts, WBUR’s Republican analyst says it needs to be a more inclusive, creative, reform party.

Random Thoughts On The Morning After

November 07, 2012
Voter Line

Massachusetts’ standing as a graveyard for presidential candidates remains intact, says WBUR’s analyst.

Analysis: Presidential Race, Gender Gap Affected Senate Outcome

November 07, 2012
U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren greets supporters Tuesday morning outside of the Graham and Parks School in Cambridge. (Dominick Reuter/WBUR)

BOSTON — WBUR’s political analysts take a final look at Warren’s U.S. Senate election.

Throwing The TV Out The Window: Obama Campaign's Secret Weapon

November 05, 2012
A"Vote Early" sign in displayed at an Obama campaign rally, Monday, Oct. 29 in Ohio. (Matt Rourke/AP)

This presidential election will test a modern twist on an old-school approach to campaigning: ground game.

Analysis: ‘Ticket-Splitters’ Critical For Brown Victory

November 05, 2012

BOSTON — WBUR’s political analysts take a final look at the race before Election Day.

Can Romney Lie His Way To The Presidency?

November 02, 2012
Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign event at Wisconsin Products Pavilion at State Fair Park, Friday, in West Allis, Wis. (David Goldman/AP)

WBUR’s analyst takes issue with 17 Mitt Romney claims.

Payne & Domke: Previewing Election Day

November 02, 2012

BOSTON — WBUR’s political analysts, Dan Payne and Todd Domke, discuss the upcoming Senate election.

What If Scott Brown Loses?

November 01, 2012
Surrounded by police officers, U.S. Sen. Scott Brown speaks during a campaign event in Milford on Thursday. (Steven Senne/AP)

WBUR’s political analyst tries out a few post-election scenarios.

Do Disasters Help Incumbents? Survey Says: Yes

October 31, 2012
President Obama meets with a local resident at the Brigantine Beach Community Center in Brigantine, N.J., Wednesday. Obama traveled to the Atlantic Coast to see firsthand the relief efforts after Superstorm Sandy. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

President Obama may benefit politically from Hurricane Sandy, provided his relief efforts are viewed as timely and well-managed.

Reputation Of Mass. In 2013: Most Liberal, Libertarian, Libertine State?

October 29, 2012
(AP File Photo)

WBUR’s political analyst cautions that in voting for this year’s ballot questions, we could unknowingly be determining the reputation of our state.

Scott Brown's In Trouble And Knows It

October 29, 2012
Sen. Scott Brown speaks with reporters at Mul's Diner in Boston in 2011. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

BOSTON — As the campaign enters its final week, Sen. Scott Brown appears to be falling behind Elizabeth Warren, writes our analyst.

John Tierney's Fatally Flawed Strategy

October 26, 2012
Democratic U.S. Rep. John Tierney talks with a reporter after his debate with Republican challenger Richard Tisei at WCVB-TV on Thursday. (Bill Greene/AP/The Boston Globe, Pool)

WBUR’s Democratic analyst says U.S. Rep. John Tierney has followed a reelection strategy that created a contest he could not win.

TV Ad War — Brown Vs. Warren

October 25, 2012

Our analyst says the TV ad war between the Senate candidates tells the tale of how the race evolved.

Analyst: Warren’s Lead In WBUR Poll Not A Safe One

October 24, 2012

BOSTON — WBUR’s political analyst give their take on the latest WBUR poll numbers, which puts Warren ahead of Brown, 48 to 43 percent.

Obama Wins And Loses Debate By Being Prosecutorial

October 23, 2012

Our analyst writes: Obama’s strategy was to be prosecutorial, and he succeeded. Romney’s strategy was to be reassuringly presidential, and he too succeeded.

Romney’s Stuck In The 1950s, As He Goes In For Tie With Obama

October 23, 2012

It may well be that the Romney strategy was to play for a tie on foreign policy, our analyst writes, because his team felt he has an edge on the domestic economy.

Can A Third Debate Change Anything?

October 21, 2012
President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, greet each other at the second presidential debate, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

WBUR’s Democratic analyst points out that recent history tells us that the only debate that can affect the presidential race is the first one.

Romney Didn't Build That: His Olympics Were Bailed Out By Taxpayers

October 19, 2012
Mitt Romney holds the Olympic torch during a news conference in Salt Lake City in 2001. (Douglas C. Pizac/AP)

WBUR’s Democratic analyst says the man opposed to an auto industry bailout got a fat federal bailout for the Olympic Games he ran.

Analysis: Closely Contested Congressional Races In Mass.

October 19, 2012

BOSTON — WBUR’s political analysts discuss the state’s closely contested congressional races in the 4th, 6th and 9th districts.

New Congressman Likely For Mass.: Tisei Expected To Beat Tierney

October 19, 2012

Few candidates enjoy the kind of “perfect storm” that enabled Sen. Brown to win his seat. But Richard Tisei, a moderate Republican, is riding a similar wave.

Debate Didn't Change The Dynamic; Obama More Aggressive, But Not More Persuasive

October 17, 2012
President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney participate in the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. on Tuesday. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

WBUR’s Republican analyst examines two post-debate polls and says the debate was combative, but not conclusive.

Romney Kept Goin' Home To Massachusetts; Obama Wanted To Send Him Home

October 17, 2012
President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speak during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on Tuesday, October 16, 2012. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

WBUR’s Democratic analyst says Romney can’t quite get the word “Massachusetts” out of his mouth, but President Obama is going to clobber him in that state on Election Day.

Mr. President, Don't Be Yourself

October 15, 2012
President Obama greets people outside a campaign field office Sunday in Williamsburg, Va. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

WBUR’s analyst urges the president to be the person the audience wants him to be in Tuesday night’s debate.

2nd Presidential Debate Seems Pivotal But Unpredictable

October 14, 2012
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney  and President Barack Obama  shake hands before the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Denver. (Charlie Neibergall/AP)

WBUR’s analyst tries to anticipate what will happen Tuesday night.

Biden Upstages Biden In Debate; Ryan Wins By Default

October 12, 2012
Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan shake hands after the vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. on Thursday. (Michael Reynolds/AP)

Last night’s debate raised expectations and pressures for Obama and Romney. You can bet that both will be aware at the next debate that they’re being viewed in split screen.

Biden The Old-School Caring Pol Vs. Ryan The Modern Policy Wonk

October 12, 2012
Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan oshake hands before the vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky on Thursday. (Michael Reynolds/AP-Pool)

Each side should feel good about their standard bearer, says WBUR’s analyst.

Analysis: Brown, Warren Face Off In 3rd Debate

October 11, 2012

BOSTON — WBUR’s political analysts take a look at Wednesday’s U.S. Senate debate and ahead to Thursday’s vice presidential debate.

Brown Nervous And Snarky; Warren Confident And Tough

October 11, 2012

With a modest audience, WBUR’s Democratic analyst says it’s unlikely the debate moved the needle on the polling scale.

Brown Does Slightly Better Than Warren In Debate, But Not Enough To Change The Race

October 10, 2012

WBUR’s analyst scores the latest U.S. Senate debate on his new DIY scorecard.


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