Anyone who has followed the work of Bruce Bartlett in recent years knows him to be an odd combination of qualities: he is a deeply informed analyst of American political and economic policy, an acerbic and crotchety critic of the Republican Party, and—a rarity on the political scene—a man who has changed his mind. Bartlett worked in the 1970s for Republican Congress members Ron Paul of Texas and Jack Kemp of New York.
We are at a once-in-a-blue-moon political moment when three of the most reliably Democratic states in the union—Massachusetts, Maryland, and Vermont—are led by Republican governors. In fact, such an occurrence is rarer than a blue moon, which space.com tells us occurs every 2.7 years. The last time all three of these blue states chose Republican executives at the same time was 2002, when Mitt Romney was elected in Massachusetts, Bob Ehrlich in Maryland, and Jim Douglas in Vermont.
If you tried to engineer the ideal governor for modern Massachusetts — combining the technocratic know-how and public-spiritedness of Michael Dukakis with the casual quick-study confidence of William Weld, along with the sensible instincts of the early version Mitt Romney — you’d get Charlie Baker. He’s even picked up some of Deval Patrick’s grass-roots touch. Baker’s smart, ultra-competent, doesn’t seem too full of himself, and appears to be in government for the right reasons.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".