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Thomas F. Schaller

Columnist

Thomas F. Schaller is a professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and author of "Whistling Past Dixie." His column appears Wednesdays in The Sun.

Recent Articles

  • A lifetime spent in service
    A lifetime spent in service

    After 30 years in the Senate and a half-century of public service to Maryland and the nation, Barbara Mikulski will retire from elected politics next year. She will leave a legacy as one of the state's most admired politicians and among the most influential women ever to serve in Congress.

  • Vaccines, trash, fire and the greater good
    Vaccines, trash, fire and the greater good

    Thankfully, the recent vaccination controversy that dominated headlines and muddled the 2016 Republican presidential primary is mostly over. Surely we have bigger issues as a nation to confront.

  • Ben Carson should stick to medicine
    Ben Carson should stick to medicine

    Maryland's Ben Carson may run for president in 2016. The conservative Republican ought to think better of it, pocket the royalties from increased sales of his book and stay out of the contest.

  • Who is Larry Hogan?
    Who is Larry Hogan?

    I confess: I honestly don't know what to make of Larry Hogan, who tomorrow becomes Maryland's 62nd governor.

  • Conservatives better suited to Congress
    Conservatives better suited to Congress

    The conventional wisdom is that if national Republicans continue to promote policies and politics that appeal mostly to older, white, married and religious voters in a country that is becoming younger, more diverse, less married and more secular, the party is doomed — if not now, then...

  • Nowhere to go but up for Southern Democrats
    Nowhere to go but up for Southern Democrats

    There have been five federal elections — three midterms and two presidential cycles — since the October 2006 publication of my book, "Whistling Past Dixie." In it I argued that, given the Democratic Party's declining southern fortunes, the party should develop a non-southern...

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