When I took a leave of absence from my job in Washington in 2000 to work in the Montana Senate race, I didn't have much clue what I was in for. Growin...
I guess in some ways, Republicans who really do "have no agenda" are probably more innocuous than those who are honest about their regressive objectives.
We're not going to be able to reform the superdelegate system before this year's convention, so the best we can hope for is pressure on existing superdelegates to simply represent how their states voted.
Obama knows that if he voiced a more full-throated populism, he would be depicted in the media as a race-centric candidate -- even if his populism was race-blind.
The question is whether politicians and party officials with superdelegate votes will be loyal to a fellow politician or loyal to small-d democracy. The history of the superdelegates is one that designed the superdelegates to thwart democracy.
I've been troubled by some of Obama's votes on trade, and I've made no bones about that. But his rhetoric on NAFTA in his victory speech tonight was encouraging.
Obama is a candidate whose top economic adviser is the only remaining top presidential economic guru who acknowledges that our current trade deals are horrifying.
Egomania knows no bounds and no loyalty -- not even to the founding principles of democracy.
This campaign clearly thinks we are all just a bunch of fools. Hillary Clinton has made statements unequivocally trumpeting NAFTA as the greatest thing since sliced bread.
The disconnect between what Americans actually want and what the Establishment wants America to want reflects just how petrified the elite are right now.
There is a potential aligning of stars here -- a potential Democratic president, a likely Democratic Congress, and a situation where the power in Congress is concentrated in the hands of longtime progressive heroes.
Hillary's strategy on NAFTA assumes that the media will simply report her revisionist history as fact, and worse, that Americans who have been crushed by this unfair trade policy are a bunch of idiots.
Most analysts expect America's lobbyist-written trade policies to take center stage in the Buckeye State -- a place hit hard by trade-related job losses and wage cuts.
Democratic turnout numbers in the current election cycle are positively astounding. But what will be the lasting impact of that turnout beyond potentially electing a Democratic president?