Matt's Five Points

By Matt Glassman

A weekly newsletter at the intersection of politics and political science. I migrated to this platform in Fall 2018.

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Matt's Five Points, November 2: Elecshun Dae 2020

1. Do not—under any circumstances—turn on a TV prior to 6pm EST.This isn’t specific to the morning, but it has to be first, because it’s absolutely crucial. The only thing worse than the election night coverage on the cable news networks is the election day c…

 
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Matt's Five Points, July 30: Fine, I'll Talk About Impeachment

Politicians aren't light switches. Politics isn't just position-taking.One thing you can't escape in Washington right now is the impeachment whip count in the Democratic party. That is, how many House Democrats have come out in favor of either opening an impe…

 
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Matt's Five Points, June 12: The Second Face of Power

Agenda setting is the most powerful hidden force in politics.One key to understanding legislative politics is the concept of agenda-setting. That is, legislative outcomes hinge not just on how people vote, but also on what questions are taken up for a vote. M…

 
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Matt's Five Points, May 24: Justin Amash is Not a Template Easily Copied

And pleading that members 'do the right thing' is usually worthless.Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) made waves last weekend when he came out strongly against President Trump, tweeting that Trump had committed impeachable offenses and offering a scathing asses…

 
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Matt's Five Points, May 17: Let's Get Ready To Rumble

Separation of powers requires that you accept confrontation as normal.As you probably know, President Trump and the House of Representatives are locked in a variety of disputes. The House is seeking documents related to the Mueller investigation, the presiden…

 
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Matt's Five Points, January 11: The National Emergency Gambit

The National Emergency Gambit has taken over strategies.(As a primer, you might like to read my Shutdown Explainer from last month.)Here was my take on the shutown two weeks ago:It’s highly likely that the shape of the final deal is known: a small increase fr…

 
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Matt's Five Points, December 28: Negative Agenda Setting Rules Us All

Unclear, but my money is on shortly after the new Congress starts.(As a primer, you might like to read my Shutdown Explainer from last week’s newsletter.)The partial government shutdown that began on Saturday has entered its second phase. Phase one was the te…

 
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Matt's Five Points, December 21: We're not shutting down this newsletter!

Here's what that actually means.Now that the specter of a government shutdown is (once again) upon us, it’s probably a good idea to review what that actually means..I’ll do it question and answer style, hopefully in a way that seems natural.What the heck is a…

 
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Matt's Five Points, November 2: Elecshun Dae 2018

1. Do not—under any circumstances—turn on your TV prior to 6pm EST.This isn’t specific to the morning, but it has to be first, because it’s absolutely crucial. The only thing worse than the election night coverage on the cable news networks is the election da…

 
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Matt's Five Points, October 24: Not Your Father's Divided Government

And the politics of each flavor are somewhat distinctive.Forecasts of the 2018 election indicate the 116th Congress will probably result in Democrats controlling the House and the GOP controlling the Senate, so let's talk about divided government.First off, i…

 
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Matt's Five Points, October 19, 2018 — Constitutional Hardball

I studied 19th century statehood politics. It's not pretty.In the wake of the Kavanaugh confirmation, there's been a lot of talk among liberals about packing the Supreme Court—expanding its size and filling those seats with liberals—next time they get a unifi…

 
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Matt's Five Points, October 12, 2018 — The Kavanaugh Circus is Democracy in Action

First, and perhaps most importantly, I don't think the Senate confirmation process is at all "broken." I'm honestly not even sure what that term is supposed to mean. As I wrote on Twitter last week, people kept describing the Kavanuagh confirmation as a "circ…