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Welcome to Past Punditry, the website of political historian and commentator Nicole Hemmer. Past Punditry is dedicated to bringing a historical perspective to today’s most important political debates. It aims to move past the worst sort of punditry: punditry that is reflexive rather than reflective, that chases the ephemeral rather than the essential.

Hemmer is a visiting assistant professor at the University of Miami and a visiting scholar at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. She writes about politics and history for US News & World Report’s Thomas Jefferson Street blog. She has written about conservative media and politics for publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, and the Australian. Her book, Messengers of the Right, is under contract to Penn Press’s Politics and Culture in Modern America series.

Selected Commentary:

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Thomas Jefferson Street blog, US News & World Report, ongoing

“‘Twas the Night Before Christmas in DC,” Bill Press Show, Dec. 27, 2013.

“The New York Times and Poverty,” Bill Press Show, Dec. 12, 2013.

“The State of Progressive Talk Radio,” Bill Press Show, Dec. 4, 2013.

A Spanner in the Works of US Government,” The Australian, October 5, 2013

“US Government Shutdown,” ABC24 News with Kumi Taguchi, October 2, 2013

US Government Shutdown,” This Morning with Alex Jensen, tbs eFM Seoul, October 2, 2013

The US Shutdown and the Political System,” BBC World Have Your Say, October 1, 2013

Explainer: Why the US Government Is Facing (Another) Shutdown,” The Conversation, September 27, 2013

GOP’s Anti-Obama Stance Hurts Its Shot at Foreign Policy Comeback,” Christian Science Monitor, August 14, 2013

Why Do So Many American Journalists Appear to Hate Actual Journalism?,” The Conversation, July 7, 2013

Obama’s Security State on Steroids,” The Australian, June 12, 2013

After IRS Scandal: Right-Wing Fear of Government Isn’t Paranoid,” Christian Science Monitor, May 17, 2013

Guarding the Right’s Flank,” Los Angeles Times, Mar. 13, 2013

Will Julia Gillard’s Government Last?,” Huffington Post, Feb. 26, 2013

Women Sold Out for Catholic Vote,” The Australian, Jan. 23, 2013

Obama Outlines Plans for Reform in His Second Term,” ABC PM, Jan. 22, 2013

Richard Nixon and Today’s Republican Party,” with Tom Switzer, Huffington Post, Jan. 10, 2013

New Respect for Richard Nixon, ‘the Man of Many Masks’,” with Tom Switzer, The Weekend Australian, Jan. 5, 2013

Grover Norquist’s No-Tax Call a Wedge for Republicans,” The Australian, Dec. 10, 2012

Obama’s Fiscal ‘Grand Bargain’ Is a Great Betrayal of America’s Most Vulnerable,” The Conversation, Dec. 6, 2012

Obstructionism Has Failed: American Liberalism Lives On,” The Drum, Nov. 8, 2012

Obama’s Second Term,” Radio National Life Matters, Nov. 8, 2012

US Election: Key Agenda Issues,” RN Drive Time, Nov. 7, 2012

The Empty Chair Election: Those Who Turn Up Will Decide,” The Conversation, Nov. 6, 2012

Outsiders – US Election Special,” Sunday Extra, Radio National, Nov. 4, 2012

Republicans’ Media Relations Are a Cautionary Tale for Liberals,” Sydney Morning Herald, Oct. 4, 2012

Red Meat for Republican Party Faithful,” RN Drive Time with Waleed Aly, Aug. 30, 2012

How a Centre-Right Politician Wins,” The Spectator Australia, Aug. 25, 2012

Akin, Obama, and How the ‘Legitimate Rape’ Disaster Could Cost Romney the Election,” The Conversation, Aug. 21, 2012

24-Hour Spin Cycle Up and Running,” Planet America, ABC24, July 27, 2012

The Press and the Race for the President: ‘A Despicable Impartiality’?,” Miller Center Election Blog, May 17, 2012

Richard Nixon’s Model Campaign,” New York Times Campaign Stops, May 10, 2012

Can Obama Afford to be the Entertainer-in-Chief?,” Planet America, ABC24, May 4, 2012

Gingrich and Santorum: The Boys Who Cried Fox,” New York Times Campaign Stops, Apr. 19, 2012

History Shows Brokered Conventions Go for the Moderate Candidate,” History News Network, Apr. 2, 2012

Women’s Bodies and US Politics,” ABC Radio National Life Matters, Mar. 19, 2012

Like Father, Like Son?,” The Spectator Australia, Mar. 10, 2012

Search for Renewal after Tucson Tragedy: What Palin Missed, What Obama Got Right,” Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 13, 2011

The Problem with Conservative Echo Chambers,” Christian Science Monitor, Jul. 29, 2009

Why the Left Misjudges GOP Sex Scandals,” with Neil J. Young, Christian Science Monitor, Jul. 8, 2009

Liberals, Too, Should Reject the Fairness Doctrine,” Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 25, 2008



Planet America, ABC24, May 4, 2012