August 8 2013 Politics Round-Up

Clarence Thomas

This would be an odd political film: Paul Schraeder wants to work with Spike Lee on a Clarence Thomas biopic.

Dan McLaughlin of Red State offers mostly sensible rules for any Republican who wants to run for president.

James Joyner rebuts Byron York’s assertion that Rick Santorum has a shot at the Republican nomination in 2016. Jonathan Bernstein considers it, figuring that Santorum’s strong showing in 2012 shows him to have conventional qualifications.

However, it has to count for something that he ran for president in 2012 and won several primaries and caucuses, including Iowa. I spent 2011-2012 saying that Santorum was close to the line for conventional qualifications…I think I’d have to say that his 2012 wins mean he has somewhat stronger qualifications this time around. I guess. Sort of. So he passes that test, albeit not by much.

What’s less clear, however, is whether Santorum is within the party mainstream on public policy — that is, on economic policy. I don’t think I know the answer to that, but we do know that he was utterly incapable of attracting significant party support last time around, and I strongly suspect it was for policy reasons. And from this interview, it sounds as if he’s moving farther from party orthodoxy, not embracing it.

I guess that sort of leaves him right on the edge of viability, pending more information.

Good write-up of the Washington Post sale at the Atlantic. On a related topic, Slate’s Moneybox looks at the effect the decline of print advertising has had on the journalism industry.

Nate Silver suggests the 2014 midterms will be kinda dull, since Democrats are guaranteed to keep the White House and Republicans are pretty much guaranteed to keep the House.

The CNN President’s 15 year old son has left the board of an internet start-up Cory Booker is affiliated with.

Ed Rollins referred to Mitt Romney as the Republican Dukakis. I’d take this with a grain of salt. Romney didn’t do that badly, and Rollins backed Michelle Bachmann.

White voters are becoming more conservative.


An obvious study that partisan news sources are more likely to cover the other side’s scandals.

An illuminating study on how interest groups can be influential.

In a new article in Interest Groups and Advocacy (currently ungated), Michael Heaney and Geoffrey Lorenz argue that a group becomes influential not because of its work in a single coalition, but rather because of its larger portfolio of work in various coalitions on a range of policy issues. However, groups can’t always develop such a portfolio by their own choices; the broader alliance-forming patterns of other interest groups will influence the path they take.

Joseph Bruno, the 84 year old former New York Senate majority leader faces another trial.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hasn’t spent a night outside the state since his inauguration.

About Thomas Mets

I’m a comic book fan, wannabe writer, politics buff and New Yorker. I don’t actually follow baseball. In the Estonian language, “Mets” simply means forest, or lousy sports team. You can email me at
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