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Can This Election Settle Anything?

The most important issue in the 2012 campaign barely gets discussed: How will we govern ourselves after the election is over?

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 READ MORE


Does Romney Dislike America?

The most incisive reaction to Mitt Romney’s disparaging comments about 47 percent of us came from a conservative friend who emailed: “If I were you, I’d wonder why Romney hates America so much.”

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE



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The American Election’s Global Reach

The movement in the presidential race reflects a broader trend visible in many nations.

Posted on Sep 16, 2012 READ MORE



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The New Politics of Nostalgia

A specter is haunting the affluent societies of the West. Across the rich countries, and across the political spectrum, there is an unstated but palpable longing for a return to the 1950s.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE


Obama’s Advantage, Romney’s Openings

Normally, a president presiding over 8 percent unemployment and a country that sees itself on the wrong track wouldn’t stand a chance. But then a candidate with Mitt Romney’s shortcomings, including his failure to ignite much enthusiasm within his own party, wouldn’t stand a chance, either.

Posted on Sep 9, 2012 READ MORE


Obama’s Hope and Change 2.0

The man who ran on hope and change didn’t walk away from them. He redefined them for the long haul.

Posted on Sep 9, 2012 READ MORE


The Democrats’ Government Tutorial

Bill Clinton is typically described as the empathetic, feel-your-pain guy. But his greatest political skill may be as a formulator of arguments—the explainer in chief.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 READ MORE


Tampa Defines the Charlotte Imperative

The Obama Democrats who gather in Charlotte this week have a big advantage over Tampa’s Romney Republicans.

Posted on Sep 2, 2012 READ MORE



GOP Ghosts in Tampa

In 1964, George Romney, then the governor of Michigan, walked out of the Republican National Convention during Barry Goldwater’s acceptance speech. He was protesting his party’s sharp turn rightward and its weak platform plank on civil rights.

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 READ MORE


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Elizabeth Warren vs. Mr. Personality

Elizabeth Warren is the kind of person Massachusetts has always liked to send to the U.S. Senate. So why hasn’t one of this year’s most exciting Senate candidates put the election away?

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 READ MORE



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False Piety and the Medicare Debate

There is a difference between Obama saying that Romney and Ryan want to alter Medicare fundamentally, which is true, and the GOP saying that Obama wants to undercut Medicare, which is not.

Posted on Aug 19, 2012 READ MORE


How Ryanization Threatens the GOP

There is the idea of having Paul Ryan on the Republican ticket, and then there is the reality.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney’s Theorist

In the late 1960s and ’70s, liberals ran into trouble because they were easily mocked as impractical ideologues with excessive confidence in their own moral righteousness.

Posted on Aug 12, 2012 READ MORE


Romney and the Go-for-Broke Election

Conservatives and a Republican Party now under their control hope to eke out a narrow victory in November on the basis of a quite radical program that includes more tax cuts for the rich and a sharp rollback in government regulation.

Posted on Jul 29, 2012 READ MORE


Rationalizing Gutlessness on Guns

Talk about power: The gun lobby barely had to say a word before the media sent advocates of saner gun regulation shuffling off in defeat.

Posted on Jul 25, 2012 READ MORE


Bill Raspberry, ‘Role Model’

William Raspberry was a provocateur who was so gentle and gentlemanly that you didn’t always grasp how much he was shaking up the conventional conversation until you actually thought about what he had just said.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE


A Challenge to Conservatives

It’s good that conservatives are finally taking seriously the problems of inequality and declining upward mobility. It’s unfortunate that they often evade the ways in which structural changes in the economy, combined with conservative policies, have made matters worse.

Posted on Jul 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Misdiagnosing Romney’s Campaign

Could it be that Mitt Romney is correct from a strategic point of view to tell us little about what he’d do as president?

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 READ MORE


American History the Tea Party Doesn’t Like to Talk About

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: E.J. Dionne Jr. on our “Divided Political Heart.” Also on the show: California’s new mortgage law, the Declaration of Internet Freedom and the secret lives of Russian spies.

Posted on Jul 8, 2012 READ MORE



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E.J. Dionne: American History the Tea Party Doesn’t Like to Talk About

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: E.J. Dionne Jr. on our “Divided Political Heart.” Also on the show: California’s new mortgage law, the Declaration of Internet Freedom and the secret lives of Russian spies.

Posted on Jul 8, 2012 READ MORE



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An Economics of National Pride

Democrats typically tie themselves up in strategic knots debating whether their future lies in the center or on the left.

Posted on Jul 8, 2012 READ MORE


The Founders’ True Spirit

It’s entirely appropriate that the week of our July Fourth celebrations should coincide with a moment when the Supreme Court’s health care decision has prompted intense debate over the purpose of our government and what the Constitution allows it to do.

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 READ MORE


The Bain of Romney’s Campaign

The Supreme Court’s health care decision only reinforced the importance of the economic argument Obama and Romney have been having for months. And here is where Romney’s Bain problem kicks in.

Posted on Jul 1, 2012 READ MORE


Will We Love the Health Care Law If It Dies?

“Obamacare” isn’t about President Obama. It’s about beginning to bring an end to the scandal of a very rich nation leaving so many of its citizens without basic health coverage. However the court rules, we need to remember why this whole fight started in the first place.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 READ MORE


We’re Not Greece

If the United States were still governed under the Articles of Confederation, might California be in the position of Greece, Spain or Italy?

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama: Keep the Change

He had just been through the roughest patch of President Obama’s re-election struggle and yet senior adviser David Axelrod seemed, if not quite serene, then at least amiably stoic.

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 READ MORE


Billionaires Against Billionaires

For those who believe money already has too much power in American politics, 2012 will be a miserable year.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 READ MORE


Government Is the Solution

Why don’t Democrats just say it? They really believe in active government and think it does good and valuable things.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 READ MORE


What Wisconsin Taught Us

The left will make a big mistake if it ignores the lessons of the failed recall of Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin. The right will make an even bigger error if it allows the Wisconsin results to feed its inclination toward winner-take-all politics.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



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A Campaign Without Ideology: Profile of a Unicorn

What might a reasonable, constructive presidential campaign look like?

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 READ MORE


The Stakes in the Walker Recall

Gov. Scott Walker is not being challenged because he pursued conservative policies but because Wisconsin has become the most glaring example of a new and genuinely alarming approach to politics on the right.

Posted on May 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Give ’Em Hell Barry

Progressives have yearned for President Obama to follow Harry Truman’s strategy from the 1948 campaign by giving his Republican opponents hell. Now that Obama is doing just that, his critics say he’s not looking presidential.

Posted on May 27, 2012 READ MORE


A Catholic Spring?

There is a healthy struggle brewing among the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops.

Posted on May 23, 2012 READ MORE



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A Choice of Capitalisms

In this election, we’re not having an argument that pits capitalism against socialism. We are trying to decide what kind of capitalism we want.

Posted on May 20, 2012 READ MORE


Romney’s Clintonesque Moment

Mitt Romney was against Bill Clinton before he was for him.

Posted on May 16, 2012 READ MORE


Obama’s American Exceptionalism

The Obama administration has chosen a distinctly American path that kept austerity at bay. As a result, the American economy has climbed out of the Great Recession more quickly than most of Europe.

Posted on May 10, 2012 READ MORE


Little Journals That Loom Large

The American Prospect, a center-left magazine (for which I have occasionally written) faces a financial crisis that could soon force it to shut its doors.

Posted on May 6, 2012 READ MORE


Connecticut’s Death Penalty Message

What happened in Connecticut brings home the flaw in seeing everything that has happened in the states since the midterm vote as embodying a steady shift rightward.

Posted on Apr 29, 2012 READ MORE


Romney’s Magical Capitalism

It turns out that there is at least one question on which Mitt Romney is not a flip-flopper: He has a Utopian view of what an unfettered, lightly taxed market economy can achieve.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 READ MORE


How to Beat Citizens United

We are about to have the worst presidential campaign money can buy.

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 READ MORE


Money Struggles, Not Mommy Wars

Instead of fighting a phony mommy war over what Hilary Rosen said about Ann Romney, we should face the fact that most families these days cannot afford to have one parent stay home with the kids.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE



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How Santorum Boxed in Romney

In proving himself more tenacious than anyone predicted, Santorum dramatized one of Romney’s major problems, created another, and forced the now inevitable Republican nominee into a strategic dilemma. 

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

When Liberals Stop Being Wimps

Conservatives are not accustomed to being on the defensive. They expect their progressive opponents to be wimpy and apologetic.

Posted on Apr 8, 2012 READ MORE



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A Holy Week Entreaty

It’s hard not to notice that Christianity hasn’t been presented in its own best light during this election year because Christians have not exactly been putting forward their best selves.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE


The Right’s Stealthy Coup

Imagine the shock when conservative Supreme Court justices repeatedly spouted views closely resembling the tweets and talking points issued by organizations of the sort funded by the Koch brothers.

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 READ MORE


Activist Judges on Trial

Three days of Supreme Court arguments over the health care law demonstrated for all to see that conservative justices are prepared to act as an alternative legislature, diving deeply into policy details as if they were members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 READ MORE


The Right’s Etch A Sketch Imperative

Clarifying moments are rare in politics. Over the last week, Americans were blessed with three.

Posted on Mar 25, 2012 READ MORE


The GOP’s Religious Head Count

The Republican presidential primaries this year have turned into a religious census. There is little precedent in modern politics for the extent to which a state’s choice for a nominee has coincided so closely with how many of its ballots were cast by white evangelical voters.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Can Europe’s Left Rebound?

The question is whether 2012 will mark a comeback by a left invigorated by a growing unhappiness with rising economic inequalities and a backlash against austerity policies aimed at saving Europe’s common currency. (Pictured, British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband.)

Posted on Mar 18, 2012 READ MORE


Romney Meets ‘Peasants With Pitchforks’

Republicans cannot shut down their presidential nominating contest because the party is in the midst of an upheaval wrought by the terror the GOP rank and file has stirred among the more moderately conservative politicians who once ran things.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE


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