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(Un)Conventional Wisdom focuses on American politics, offering observations on current issues and presenting original research. The blog covers politics at all levels, as well as issues that challenge left-and-right stereotypes. (Un)Conventional Wisdom aims to find new ways to spark ongoing conversations about American politics, without being gratuitously provocative or disrespectful toward alternative views.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Don’t mention the wheelchair
Oct 14 2014 - 10:05am
Robert David Sullivan
Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor of Texas, released a commercial last weekend reminding voters that her opponent is confined to a wheelchair.
Voter ID laws and political legitimacy
Oct 10 2014 - 12:08pm
Robert David Sullivan
On Thursday, a federal judge struck down Texas’s voter ID law, which requires citizens to produce photo identification in order to cast ballots in federal and state elections. (The law does not make the same demands of those mailing in absentee ballots.)
The myth of flip-flops
Oct 9 2014 - 9:58am

Robert David Sullivan
Who do voters hate more, “the extremist or the flip-flopper?” Seth Masket poses the question at the Mischiefs of Faction blog, and the answer may surprise you only if you’re a political journalist.
SCOTUS keeps gay marriage out of the streets
Oct 8 2014 - 2:34am

Robert David Sullivan
Americans don’t like protest marches. The American political establishment hates protest marches. So there’s much relief over the Supreme Court’s (in)action on same-sex marriage earlier this week. People may be writing passionate tweets and Facebook updates, but they’re not hurling bottles at anyone.
Five October surprises and booby traps
Oct 2 2014 - 2:28am

Robert David Sullivan
We’re just over a month away from the 2014 midterm elections, and trailing candidates have to start letting go of the hope that they can still catch up when voters start to pay attention. The feud between election prognosticators Nate Silver and Sam Wang is becoming irrelevant as both now agree that a Republican takeover of the Senate is probable, thanks to a batch of bad polls for Democrats.
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