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Thomas J. Whalen

Thomas J. Whalen is an associate professor of social science at Boston University, and author of “Kennedy versus Lodge: The 1952 Massachusetts Senate Race.”

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Red Sox

The Wrong Team Stayed

By Thomas J. Whalen

When the Braves left Boston in 1953, the Red Sox became the only game in town. But commentator Thomas J. Whelan says the wrong team stayed.

Election 2012

The Incumbents Who Beat The Odds – And Lost

By Thomas J. Whalen

Presidents Taft, Hoover, Ford, Carter and Bush I… what do they have in common? They were all incumbents who lost their bids for reelection. Commentator Thomas Whelan looks at whether their failures offer any lessons for President Obama.