Acting as if his party – not the GOP – won by a landslide a couple of months ago, the president continued his resurgent, aggressive strategy by delivering a confident, at times even boastful, State of the Union address.
John Sivolella is a political commentator and attorney who has advised governors, senate candidates and the Massachusetts Republican Party. He earned a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.
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Gov.-elect Charlie Baker has a real-time opportunity to demonstrate that his administration will not represent business-as-usual at the State House.
The absence of Congress in critical policy making can be dangerous, and its consequences may become evident soon.
The electorate demonstrated its capacity to discern between individual candidates and partisanship.
The Coakley campaign betrayed its anxiety in recent days when it resorted to blaming pollsters and the media for survey results that don’t support its narrative.
Baker’s camp has dared the other side to engage in debate and to get specific. The electorate will soon find out if the Coakley campaign accepts the challenge.
It’s unwise to sell the Commonwealth’s voters short. They have 56 days to demand specific answers from their candidates on critical issues, and they are smart enough to change the channel on attack ads.
Some said they wouldn’t be ready, but Brazil has presented one of the best World Cups in the tournament’s 84-year history.
The House majority leader was felled in his Republican primary this week. And the Grand Old Party sees more clouds ahead.
Recent polls have President Obama’s approval ratings hovering around 40 percent — a new low. What does it mean for Democrats in November’s midterm elections?
The president doubling down on the Affordable Care Act as a mid-term strategy makes sense for his legacy, but expecting the rest of his party to follow suit is a risky move.
Congressional Republicans managed to avoid the threat of default, while most of its members were still able to vote against raising the debt ceiling.
Over the course of four decades, former defense secretary Robert Gates had an enormous impact on U.S. national security. Based on a close reading of his new memoir, it appears he might not be finished.
What doesn’t kill Gov. Christie’s GOP primary campaign might just make it stronger.
Midterm elections, NSA surveillance, Scott Brown in New Hampshire and other stories John Sivolella says could define the political landscape.
The New Jersey governor has already been anointed the 2016 GOP presidential frontrunner.
*At least not entirely, says John Sivolella.
That, and 5 other key takeaways from the U.S. Special Senate Election.
The first U.S. Senate debate between Gabriel Gomez and Ed Markey was largely lacking in zingers and, well, in unscripted passion.
The president won’t be able to simply sidestep this issue by claiming ignorance.
Republican Gabriel Gomez is waging a steep uphill battle against veteran Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey. However, many voters consider Gomez’s newcomer status a “a breath of fresh air” in a polluted political climate.
The pledge is an obvious tactic by the Democratic machine to put the Republican campaigns back on their heels early in the abbreviated campaign.
President Barack Obama threw down the gauntlet — putting forth a comprehensive plan for defining his legacy. But is it sustainable? How will the GOP respond?
The critically important task of curbing of gun violence has thus far been reduced to political theater and unilateral executive actions that lack staying power.
If the GOP majority in the House is blamed for failing to reach agreement, it will descend into minority status for a decade or more — as will, perhaps, the party itself.
Straying very little from his 2008 strategy, Obama pulls off a well-oiled re-election campaign. But the nation remains divided and the Republicans are still left pondering an uncertain future.
In their final meeting before the Nov. 6 election, President Obama and Mitt Romney debate foreign policy — and present stark differences in method and persona.
The debate was not a good harbinger for those who yearn to raise the level of political discourse in our nation, says John Sivolella.
A competitive, substantive election is what the American public deserves – and it finally looks like we’re going to get it.
As election season enters its post-convention phase, the underlying reasons for Elizabeth Warren’s inertia have begun to emerge. John Sivolella says the bad news for Warren is that they’re not easy to correct.