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Entries by David Sirota from 02/2008

Rocky Mountain Realities On Feb. 5

| Posted 02.01.2008 | Politics

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...

GOP: "I Have No Agenda"

| Posted 02.03.2008 | Politics

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.

A Short-Term Solution to the Potential Superdelegate Problem

| Posted 02.07.2008 | Politics

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 Caught Between Race Bias and Class Politics

| Posted 02.08.2008 | Politics

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.

Local Pressure Builds On Superdelegates

| Posted 02.10.2008 | Politics

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.

Obama (Finally) Putting Attack On NAFTA Front and Center?

| Posted 02.12.2008 | Politics

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.

Smart Move: Obama Goes Populist In the Home Stretch

| Posted 02.13.2008 | Politics

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.

Clinton Superdelegates Echoing "Screw Democracy" Message

| Posted 02.14.2008 | Politics

Egomania knows no bounds and no loyalty -- not even to the founding principles of democracy.

Hillary Clinton Pretends She Never Praised NAFTA

| Posted 02.14.2008 | Politics

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.

Michael Bloomberg - The Candidate of the Permanent Will

| Posted 02.15.2008 | Politics

The disconnect between what Americans actually want and what the Establishment wants America to want reflects just how petrified the elite are right now.

It's Also the Congress, Stupid

| Posted 02.20.2008 | Politics

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.

The Issue That Could Decide the Democratic Nomination - And the General Election

| Posted 02.22.2008 | Politics

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.

The Desperation of Hillary Clinton

| Posted 02.23.2008 | Politics

This is just so utterly silly and insulting. Yes, Hillary Clinton is saying "shame on you" to those who point out the historical record showing she st...

Clinton Gets Caught Again on NAFTA

| Posted 02.24.2008 | Politics
Read More: Nafta, Politics News

Hillary saying she never really supported NAFTA suggests that on important economic issues, she's more than happy to lie about provable facts when it suits her political needs.

Clinton Trumpeted NAFTA In 2002 DLC Speech

| Posted 02.24.2008 | Politics
Read More: Nafta, Politics News

To update my post from earlier today, I wanted to share some more evidence. As Hillary Clinton continues to deny she ever supported NAFTA, more eviden...

The Ohio Debate Primer on Trade

| Posted 02.26.2008 | Politics

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.

Ohio Debate: The Good, The Bad & The Silly

| Posted 02.27.2008 | Politics

I was on CNBC this morning discussing the presidential race, and the impact of issues like NAFTA on the upcoming Ohio primary. You can watch it here...

Obama Camp & Canadian Embassy Strongly Repudiate NAFTA Story (UPDATED)

| Posted 02.28.2008 | Politics

Is Obama genuine in his opposition to NAFTA? Or as a Canadian news report claims, is it all just campaign rhetoric?

The New Permanent Campaign

| Posted 02.29.2008 | Politics

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?