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Navel-Gazing in the Grand Old Party

While Republicans are looking inward and focusing on appeals to the party’s activist base, Obama wants Democrats to concentrate their energies on recently acquired political terrain and the new converts who were central to his party’s sweep last year. 

Posted on Jan 6, 2009 READ MORE



Truthdig / Peter Scheer

Redrawing the Political Map

A little-noticed California proposition could limit the kind of partisan gerrymandering that Republicans and Democrats have used to influence elections around America for decades. But is that a good thing?

Posted on Dec 11, 2008 READ MORE



Flickr / tshein

Candidates Debate Economy as Banks Fail

While John McCain took heat for reasserting that “the fundamentals of the economy are strong,” two of the five biggest American investment banks folded on Monday. Bank of America bought out troubled Merrill Lynch while Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy. Update: Another big one stumbles

Posted on Sep 15, 2008 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
John Schwenkler/Boston Globe

Candidate Blogs Made Graphic

The Boston Globe has created a graphic that magnifies words according to the frequency of use on McCain and Obama’s respective blogs. Tellingly, the word used most often by both is Obama.

Posted on Aug 14, 2008 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
AP photo / Gene J. Puskar

Vermont Leads the Way for Progressives

The rise of the Vermont Progressive Party, which has six members in the 150-member Vermont House, is another indication that Vermont, which has battled back everything from Wal-Mart to urban sprawl to billboards, may be one of the few sane states left in the nation.

Posted on May 26, 2008 READ MORE


A Pretty Picture of Diversity That Faded

Is there anyone who still remembers the folksy winter tableau? Eight Democratic candidates against the picturesque backdrop of Iowa and New Hampshire. It was a feel-good photo op of diversity.

Posted on May 21, 2008 READ MORE


Elizabeth Edwards
Flickr / NCBrian

Elizabeth Edwards Takes On the Media

Elizabeth Edwards has some insight into the media’s coverage of presidential campaigns, which she brings to a thoughtful Op-Ed in this Sunday’s New York Times. Beyond the current campaign, Edwards warns, “the future of news is not bright.”

Posted on Apr 27, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton and Obama
AP photo / Rick Bowmer

The Left Has Lost Its Way

The failure of the American left is a failure of nerve. It has been neutralized and rendered ineffectual as a political force because of its refusal to hold fast on core issues.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE



Flickr / djloche / jurvetson / seiu_international

Democrats Split the Hollywood Money

If you’re looking for an indicator of just how close the Democratic primary race is (delegate math notwithstanding), you need look no further than those all-important Hollywood donations. With nearly $6 million in entertainment industry contributions between them, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are separated by a mere $291.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton and Sam Walton

The Wal-Mart Videos

Hillary Clinton has, for obvious reasons, tried to distance herself from her time on the board of Wal-Mart, the Arkansas company that, for many Democratic voters, emblematizes globalization and all those jobs that were shipped overseas that the candidates keep talking about.

Posted on Apr 9, 2008 READ MORE


Petraeus

The Petraeus and Crocker Show

Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, President Bush’s preferred spokesmen for his Iraq policy, found themselves in the middle of the presidential campaign Tuesday as they testified before two Senate committees on which candidates sit.

Posted on Apr 8, 2008 READ MORE


Clintons
commons.wikimedia.org

Clinton Releases Tax Returns

Hillary Clinton has released seven years of tax returns, which she filed jointly with her former president husband. While there is much poring over to do, one piece of information stands out: The Clintons are rich. America’s most famous power couple made about $109 million in seven years, thanks in large part to Bill Clinton’s speaking fees.

Posted on Apr 4, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
Flickr / Joe Crimmings Photography

Nobody Votes for a Quitter

Real politicians don’t quit. They are defeated, indicted, jailed, die or, in some jurisdictions, ousted by term limits. So don’t expect Hillary Clinton to surrender just yet.

Posted on Apr 3, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton, McCain Yuk It Up

At least two of the presidential candidates decided to have a laugh this April Fools’ Day. Hillary Clinton challenged Barack Obama to a winner-take-all bowling tournament, while John McCain stopped by CBS to take revenge on David Letterman for all of those old-man jokes.

Posted on Apr 2, 2008 READ MORE


?A Little Fit? in the Polls

A couple of recent polls have indicated that Clinton and Obama supporters would be so devastated by their candidate’s loss they would throw their support to McCain. Bill Maher asked Dan Savage to investigate the claim, and Savage concluded that voters were “having a little fit now, because they’re not going to have that little fit in November.”

Posted on Mar 30, 2008 READ MORE


Iranian Parliamentary Elections
AP photo / Hasan Sarbakhshian

Iran’s Parliamentary Election Turnout Lags

Political observers in Iran are estimating that turnout for Friday’s parliamentary elections may break the country’s 2004 record low of 51 percent. The government’s ruling religious conservative faction is accused of barring many opposition reformist candidates and depressing electoral participation.

Posted on Mar 14, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Stephan Savoia

Americans Want a Democrat ... or McCain

According to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, Americans want the next president to be a Democrat, by a whopping 13-point margin. But when asked about the candidates by name, John McCain pulls into a statistical tie with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Posted on Mar 12, 2008 READ MORE


Chris Dodd

The Politics of YouTube

This has been described as the YouTube election, so it seems only fitting to get YouTube’s take on how the candidates have fared in the realm of viral videos. For all the fuss, it turns out some of the less fortunate candidates were the most industrious new media campaigners.

Posted on Mar 11, 2008 READ MORE


Kucinich
duchessjournal.blogspot.com

‘Give Dennis His Due’

Steve Cobble argues in The Nation that Dennis Kucinich, unlike John Edwards, never got proper credit for moving the other candidates leftward. Instead, “the snark and abuse offered Kucinich” when he dropped out was undeserved for a congressman from a tough district who has taken admirable and consistent positions on the issues.

Posted on Feb 20, 2008 READ MORE


The Democrats’ Three Choices

The Democrats’ hopes of regaining the White House hinge on how the party proceeds in the coming weeks and months. If momentum or civility reigns, they’ve got a shot. But if back-room dealing and cheating prevail, don’t hold your breath.

Posted on Feb 11, 2008 READ MORE


60 minutes / Obama

Obama, Clinton on ‘60 Minutes’

Americans have had to contend with dozens of speeches, debates and commercials comparing and contrasting the Democratic candidates, and still they can’t get enough. After all, this election is a ratings winner, but that’s to be expected when a rock star, a political celebrity and Grandpa Simpson all run for president.

Posted on Feb 11, 2008 READ MORE


Berger and Albright
news.bbc.co.uk

Whispering in the Ear of the President

It’s safe to assume that the people currently advising Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on foreign policy will continue to do so if their candidate is elected. So what approaches can we expect from an Obama or a Clinton administration? There are some bad apples in either bunch, but Foreign Policy in Focus says the company Obama and Clinton keep largely parallels their votes on the war.

Posted on Feb 11, 2008 READ MORE


Democrats
thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com

Dems Upstage the Prez

Because he lacks a legacy—at least the good kind—no one expected much from President Bush’s final State of the Union address, which is probably why Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama managed to steal the spotlight. The Internet is buzzing over Monday’s sideshow.

Posted on Jan 29, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary and Bill

Iowa Victory and Concession Speeches

In case you were wondering how the candidates felt about the results of the Iowa caucuses, here are Barack Obama, John Edwards, Hillary Clinton and Mike Huckabee, in their own words.

Posted on Jan 4, 2008 READ MORE


Kucinich and Gravel
cnn.com

ABC Debate to Exclude Kucinich, Gravel

ABC News has announced that Democrats Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel (above) and Republican Duncan Hunter failed to meet its benchmarks and will not be allowed to participate in Saturday’s New Hampshire debate. On the Democratic side, that leaves four candidates in the debate; Joe Biden and Chris Dodd dropped out of the race after poor showings in Iowa.

Posted on Jan 4, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Kucinich
AP photo / Charles Rex Arbogast

Kucinich Names Obama the Best of the Rest

Dennis Kucinich is encouraging his supporters to caucus for Barack Obama if he, Kucinich, fails to meet the minimum threshold of support. Iowa Democrats are allowed to re-caucus if their preferred candidate doesn’t perform above a certain level, usually 15 percent. Ralph Nader, meanwhile, disclosed that he prefers John Edwards.

Posted on Jan 1, 2008 READ MORE


Which Clinton for President?

Hillary Clinton tells audiences that having lived in the White House for eight eventful years, she’s eager to take charge as president on “day one.” Apparently, though, so is Bill.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE


The 401(k) Myth

Those who think they will retire in Fat City because they have a 401(k) may be headed for a bitter disappointment.  The system’s rules are flawed, and Washington should reform them.

Posted on Dec 12, 2007 READ MORE


Ron Paul on CNN

Ron Paul Calls CNN Out for Being ‘Biased’ in Debate

Boy, was CNN ever psyched about a Ron Paul interview they had on their site—a major traffic driver for CNN.com!—the day of the CNN/YouTube Republican debate, CNN’s John Roberts tells Paul in this clip from the channel’s post-debate coverage Wednesday.  Paul, seemingly nonplused, points out that he was summarily and unfairly ignored until close to the end and gets in a few digs at his fellow candidates.

Posted on Nov 29, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton and reporters
AP photo / Elise Amendola

Making a Case for the Long View

Reporters often live in the moment, focusing on the present and forgetting, at least temporarily, about the past and future—a trait that works well for many journalistic beats. Boyarsky warns that “when such habits are brought to the political beat, we’re all in trouble.”

Posted on Nov 29, 2007 READ MORE


Obama
obama.senate.gov

Obama: Being Married to a President Doesn’t Make You One

With the Iowa caucus fast approaching, the candidates are getting less shy about flinging a little mud. Take this jab from Barack Obama, for example: “There is no doubt that Bill Clinton had faith in [Hillary] and consulted with her on issues, in the same way that I would consult with Michelle. ... On the other hand, I don’t think Michelle would claim that she is the best qualified person to be a United States senator by virtue of me talking to her on occasion about the work I’ve done.”

Posted on Nov 27, 2007 READ MORE


Saudis Defend Decision to Lash Rape Victims

The Saudi Arabian justice ministry has defended the high court’s decision to lash and imprison a 19-year-old girl and her male friend, both of whom were gang-raped last year. The two are being punished for “illegal mingling” of the sexes and, unofficially, taking their story to the media. The leading Democratic candidates have all signaled their outrage, but the Bush administration has adopted a mind-your-own-business approach.

Posted on Nov 21, 2007 READ MORE


The Gloves Come Off

Finally, we’ve got a real presidential campaign on our hands. Wake up, those of you in the back row, because it looks as if the long-running seminar is finally over.

Posted on Nov 20, 2007 READ MORE


Now Is the Winter of Voters’ Discontent

The Democratic surge that began in 2006 continued in elections around the country on Tuesday. But how the Democrats won provides a cautionary tale for the national party.

Posted on Nov 8, 2007 READ MORE


Scheer and Nader
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Robert Scheer Debates Ralph Nader

Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer goes head to head with progressive icon Ralph Nader, who denies the charge that he has been a spoiler and challenges the value of the Democratic Party.

Posted on Nov 5, 2007 READ MORE


Electoral Dysfunction

An impotent GOP is beating up immigrants, sick kids and foreign countries in the feeble hope that grateful voters will stick it to the Democrats next year.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani
getreligion.org

Kissing Up to 300 Million People Is Hard Work

It’s not easy to win over an entire country—or at least a majority of its voters—without bruising some feelings. That’s particularly true in the early-primary states, where locals place high demands on presidential candidates, who, despite their best efforts, frequently step in it.

Posted on Oct 10, 2007 READ MORE


Thompson Defends His Intellect

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Posted on Oct 10, 2007 READ MORE


Carter
cnn.com

Carter Has Had Enough

Jimmy Carter was en fuego during a chat with Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday, blasting the Bush administration for torturing people, the GOP candidates for racing to the fringe and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for refusing to commit to a full withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

Posted on Oct 10, 2007 READ MORE


Scheer and Nader

Robert Scheer Debates Ralph Nader

Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer goes head to head with progressive icon Ralph Nader, who denies the charge that he has been a spoiler and challenges the value of the Democratic Party.

Special thanks to The Nation.

Posted on Oct 9, 2007 READ MORE


A Farewell to ‘Black America’

The cliché does not mean much anymore.  It’s time to start seeing African-Americans as Americans, period.

Posted on Oct 9, 2007 READ MORE


Supreme Court
wonkette.com

Justice for Sale?

The Supreme Court, arguably the most powerful institution in our democracy, manages to fly a bit under the radar. Take, for example, the $1.5-million advance Rupert Murdoch paid Clarence Thomas to write a book. Conflict of interest, perhaps? The Nation’s Jon Wiener thinks so.

Posted on Oct 2, 2007 READ MORE


Kucinich and Clinton

New Hampshire Debate

Yes, they’ve done battle before, but who can get enough of these kooky Democrats with their healthcare plans and their distaste for Bush? Ladies and gentlemen, here they are, your Democratic candidates. ...

Posted on Sep 28, 2007 READ MORE


Agree to Agree

Here is why the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination seems so peculiar: Political campaigns are normally about highlighting differences, but never have the philosophical distinctions among Democratic candidates been so small.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE


Weak Labor’s Strong Clout

The American labor movement is divided on which candidate to support for president. Its membership is at one of its lowest ebbs in our history. And yet the nation’s unions are more politically influential today than they were in the movement’s heyday in the 1950s.

Posted on Sep 3, 2007 READ MORE


McCain site
cracked.com

The Worst Candidate Websites

Cracked.com has a review of the candidates’ websites, including “awkward attempts at hipness” and “weirdest moments.” John McCain’s virtual outpost, for example, won this critique: “The main image from the pre-site landing page essentially says, ‘Welcome to the online obituary for the late Senator John McCain.’ ”

Posted on Aug 10, 2007 READ MORE


Leaving No Republican Behind

In a state that likes the GOP, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, is succeeding by respecting those who disagree with him. Members of his party who are seeking the presidency should take note.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


Kucinich and Gravel

Not Your Typical Political Debate

Kudos to PBS for hosting an excellent debate—or “All American Presidential Forum” as it’s known in public television land. The event featured a “panel of color” asking questions on a range of often-ignored topics. And did we mention equal time for all candidates? What a novel concept.

Posted on Jul 5, 2007 READ MORE


On Iraq, the Candidates are Frozen in Time

Most of the presidential candidates from both parties agree that we can’t allow Iraq to become a “failed state.” Unfortunately, that warning is about four years out of date.

Posted on Jun 21, 2007 READ MORE


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