The Future of Left Wing Populism

The Future of Left Wing Populism

No one can reminisce on the most recent Democratic presidential primary race without recalling Bernie Sanders’ repeated cries about the “millionaires and billionaires” who hold all the power and money in America – those who represent the economic inequality that Sanders and his loyalists detest. Yet, Bernie Sanders is only...

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US Elections: the Political Science Department’s Most Popular Class

US Elections: the Political Science Department’s Most Popular Class

By John Konicki, Izzy Ercan, and Mary Snover This fall, Vanderbilt’s Political Science Department once again offered its U.S. Elections class, taught by Professors John Geer, Bruce Oppenheimer, Josh Clinton, and Jon Meacham.  Offered only during the fall of a presidential election year, it is the department’s largest and most...

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A Statement from the Vanderbilt College Republicans

A Statement from the Vanderbilt College Republicans

Earlier this week, America spoke. Her voice resonated loudly and clearly that our next leader would not be a career politician who had built an empire of lies and left middle class Americans trodden underfoot. Our next President has promised to lead us toward the next age of American Exceptionalism...

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Raza: Donald Trump Will Not Define America

Raza: Donald Trump Will Not Define America

To begin, the options in this election were evil and even greater evil. Hillary Clinton has never been a friend to the Muslim community, supporting warrantless wiretapping at home and the slaughter of innocent civilians abroad, as exemplified in Clinton’s support for the war in Iraq and Israel’s bombing and...

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US Elections: Past and Present — Episode 2

US Elections: Past and Present — Episode 2

Editors from the Vanderbilt Political Review and Vanderbilt Historical Review discuss the history and politics of elections with Professor Thomas Alan Schwartz, a historian of the foreign relations of the United States. For part 1 of our series, click here.

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The Importance of the Jewish Vote

The Importance of the Jewish Vote

On May 10, 1960, John F. Kennedy, for the first time, faced serious opposition in a Democratic primary.  The race had turned to West Virginia, where the Kennedy campaign felt optimistic based on polling done months prior that showed him with a forty-point lead. However, polling a few weeks before...

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The State of the GOP, and Where It Goes From Here

The State of the GOP, and Where It Goes From Here

To the chagrin of many, what I am about to write about is not far from reality as of now, despite how early on in the campaign season we are. And it does not take a pundit to analyze the potential realities of the future Republican primary nomination and 2016...

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Why I Support Trump

Why I Support Trump

In the current election cycle, Donald Trump is poised to become the Republican Party presidential nominee, as he is the only candidate who can realistically secure the number of delegates required to avoid a contested convention in July. Even with Senator Cruz’s victory in Utah, the momentum is still clearly...

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The Democratic establishment owes Bernie Sanders a debt of gratitude

The Democratic establishment owes Bernie Sanders a debt of gratitude

Bernie Sanders’s campaign for the Democratic nomination has thrown a wrench into Hillary Clinton’s coronation. Several months ago, Sanders polled in the single digits and was widely panned as ‘your crazy socialist uncle.’ Recently, his polling numbers have pulled to within a few percentage points of Clinton’s. The RealClearPolitics polling...

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Kasich Can: New Hampshire and the Future of His Campaign

Kasich Can: New Hampshire and the Future of His Campaign

People around the country eagerly looked to New Hampshire this past Tuesday to watch the first-in-the-nation primary; as they did, they found themselves asking, “Who’s Kasich?” John Kasich is the governor of Ohio with an impressive resume which includes nine terms in the US House, eighteen years of the House...

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