Thomas Schaller

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

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 8:53am
Ron Paul Disavows…Ron Paul?
To look at him, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul seems harmless. He's cute and contrarian. He wears poorly fitting suits. He's decidedly un-slick. You almost want to pat him on the head. So we're not supposed to criticize Dr. Paul as a nutjob who subscribes to some rather wacky ideas. And subscribe is the operative word here, folks: The newsletters Dr. Paul published for nearly two decades during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s are chock full of racist, homophobic and anti-new world order rants.
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 9:31am
Violence on the Right: More Evidence
In my previous column I argued that radical, even violent rhetoric coming from the political right is more incendiary and aggressive than that coming from the left. I received a lot of angry e-mails claiming both sides deserved equal scorn.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 11:19am
Saving the Wealthy With Socialism, Conservative-Style
Like it or not, we're all socialists now. You can thank those free-market conservatives and their deregulatory idol, George W. Bush, for that. Conservatives love to wield the word socialism like some all-purpose, liberal-slaying sword. Redistribution to the poor, the right to unionize and affirmative action are decried as anti-market, unfair advantages for filthy socialists who can't compete and fail to appreciate the almighty, equalizing power of self-determination and an unfettered market.
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Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 3:23pm
Running in Reverse: From the Middle to the Right
John McCain is running for president backward.Last week, the lucky-in-his-enemies Arizona senator locked up the Republican nomination, ending a battle of partisan attrition. Mr. McCain won in part because conservatives could never find a worthy alternative to rally behind to defeat him. The standard operating procedure at this point would be for Senator McCain to pivot toward the political center to position himself for the general election. Instead, Mr. McCain finds himself having to tack rightward to satisfy a disgruntled, skeptical conservative base.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 3:32pm
Clinton Squanders Support With Inept, Unseemly Campaign
The big-state primaries in Ohio and Texas are less than a week away, yet Sen. Hillary Clinton has already forfeited. Oh, she's still running against fellow Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination - harder and nastier than ever, in fact. But through a long and growing list of blunders, slights and nefarious maneuvers, Mrs. Clinton has forfeited her right to any remaining benefit of the doubt from Democratic voters.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 3:11pm
Super Dilemma
Friends and relatives keep asking me lately: Can you please explain what the heck a superdelegate is? It's time for a primer.
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Wednesday, January 9, 2008 - 4:10pm
Rise of Obama Jolts Democrats - and GOP
For the better part of a year, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was expected to be the Democrats' 2008 presidential nominee. Polls showed her leading nationally and in key primary states. Bettors favored her in online political futures markets. The candidate herself was happy to perpetuate the notion that her nomination was inevitable. So pervasive was this inevitability meme that former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani began depicting himself as the GOP entrant best able to beat Mrs. Clinton in November.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2007 - 2:37pm
Facing the Reality of America's Lost War (No, Not That One)
If we have not already lost this war, surely we are barreling headlong toward defeat. Americans, of course, would have preferred that things turned out differently. We supported the invasion because something needed to be done. Initially, President Bush's decision to send in our troops was very popular. And, as is his wont, Mr. Bush continues to avoid any defeatist talk, reinforcing his belief that anything other than unvarnished optimism wouldn't be presidential.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 2:40pm
Microphone Marines
Oh, this is rich: Radio blowhard Rush Limbaugh, a man who cheerily accepted a military deferment because he had a cyst on his rear, has appointed himself the arbiter of which American soldiers are "phony" and which are real.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2007 - 12:13pm
Fight For Gay Rights Fits Into Long History of Progressive Struggles
Three years ago my wife and I attended our first - but, I suspect, not last - gay wedding. Two of our women friends exchanged vows in a most ironic location: a church directly behind the U.S. Supreme Court building. When I consider that Justice Antonin Scalia might have been working that Saturday - his car in the court's underground garage closer to the chapel than the curbside spot three blocks away where we parked - I relax, knowing that gay marriage in some form is here to stay.
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