Power in (Small) Numbers


Elias Isquith

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  1. Avatar Tod Kelly says:

    Great post, and a fascinating study I had not heard of till now.  It will be interesting to see at what point the TP ceiling hits, in terms os election & policy outcome.  I suspect that if the economy is lousy and Obama still wins next year (both likely outcomes, I think) that the TP becomes less influential within the GOP.Report

  2. Avatar trizzlor says:

    Republican candidates in districts with more Tea Party activists performed better in the 2010 general election relative to other Republicans

    I’ve only read the Conclusions but I don’t see how they show causality. Is it not just as likely that solid GOP districts are more likely to have Tea Party leaning republicans? In other words, that Tea Party activism is an effect of the district rep being a performer rather than a cause?Report

    • Avatar trizzlor says:

      Spoke too soon, they seem to address this with the placebo tests, which show some of the effect I’m talking about but not as much.Report

  3. Avatar Koz says:

    I haven’t been following much if any of the payroll tax business, and I’m at kind of a loss to understand why it’s been such a big deal.

    For me, the thing is that in contrast to the other partisan foodfights, this issue doesn’t have to be resolved. Either the payroll tax will go down by 2% for two months, or not, or be extended for a whole year. I’ll stipulate that the Republicans are being obstructionist or unreasonable or whatever, but why do we care?Report