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GOP Must Be for Something or Be Gone

(182) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 4:11 PM

For those of us who follow real news and actual facts about the election, it was no big surprise that Barack Obama outlasted Mitt Romney to win a second term. David Plouffe ran a disciplined, micro-targeted closing four weeks that pushed every swing state in the direction of the President,...

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The Drowning Man

(131) Comments | Posted October 27, 2012 | 7:12 PM

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine a man drowning: arms flailing wildly, desperate gasps for breath, the struggle to climb out again and again. OK -- keep that image in your head as you open your eyes and read this article about Mitt Romney trying yet...

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Menacing Mitt

(35) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 7:19 PM

Obama's strategy, last night, seems to have been clear. The president wanted to wound his opponent early with the specific goal of forcing the public to see past the media hype and understand Romney for who he really is: an angry, out of touch tycoon itching to unleash his callous...

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One Word Can Win the Next Debate

(11) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 4:08 PM

Almost four years after it was published, his New York Times Op-Ed "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" is still the clearest statement of a sociopathic economic ideology that will be unleashed on the American public if Mitt Romney wins the election. President Obama would be wise to hold it...

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Three-Card Romney

(55) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 7:57 PM

Mitt Romney's foreign policy speech today was the best evidence to date that the Republican campaign for the White House has become a back alley game of Three-Card Romney: a short con that pretends to serve the interests of America, while in fact serving only the interests of the campaign.

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Power in the Message: "We Are the 99%"

(14) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 6:16 PM

While the GOP has been searching behind bowling alleys and between couch cushions for a new mascot, the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement has managed to refocus political debate on one of the most basic and important questions: Who should hold the reins of political power in America?

Despite all...

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GOP Candidatemania 2012

(138) Comments | Posted September 30, 2011 | 3:01 PM

Watching the GOP rock-show pyrotechnics shoot up at the prospect of Chris Christie running for president, keen observers may have noticed a remarkable transformation taking place in American politics.

Republicans have injected so much ginned-up lab-tested indignation into their campaigns that their nomination contest looks more like a professional...

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A "Big Deal" From a Galaxy Far, Far Away

(303) Comments | Posted July 22, 2011 | 12:08 PM

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Democrats and Republicans agreed on what constituted a real problem, and so they worked together to forge "big deal" legislation -- because deep down they understood that a meaningful future could only be reached by serious people standing shoulder to...

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The Empty Ritual of Energy Speeches

(105) Comments | Posted March 30, 2011 | 5:19 PM

Over the past few decades this country has developed a pathetic empty ritual. Every so often -- when gas prices are high, when a gazillion gallons of oil sludge are pouring into the sea, or while a nuclear plant lies smoldering in Chernobyl mode -- the sitting president stands before...

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Win or Fear the Future? America's SOTU Choice

(111) Comments | Posted January 26, 2011 | 8:26 AM

Despite all the hooplah about prom night at the joint session or which party is being true to the Constitution -- the big story last night was the contrast between views of the future articulated by the speech givers. Forget Republicans and Democrats and simply ask: Which attitude towards the...

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Obama's 'North Star' Not Enough by Itself

(89) Comments | Posted December 8, 2010 | 3:01 PM

The most presidential phrase President Obama dropped during his "tax deal" press conference yesterday was the sonorous "North Star" line:

My job is to make sure that we have a North Star out there. What is helping the American people live out their lives? What is giving them more...
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Democrats Must Stop Listing, Start Tipping

(103) Comments | Posted November 5, 2010 | 2:25 PM

Despite all the excuses and political flim-flam masquerading as "explanations" for the Great Shellacking of 2010, I want to offer a very straightforward theory for the outcome: Democrats have become a party that "lists" when they should be a party that "tips." Listing, bad -- tipping, good.

By "listing"...

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'President Palin': A Battle Cry for Dems?

(201) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 3:26 PM

Question: When election rhetoric has been overrun by John Birch quacks, right-wing conspiracy burlesque, and xenophobic mobs -- how can a governing party craft a closing message sharp enough to cut through the miasmic mess and motivate the liberal base?

Should Democrats print more pie charts and bar graphs...

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The "Do You Feel Progress?" Gap

(31) Comments | Posted October 13, 2010 | 1:50 PM

With all the chatter over a so-called enthusiasm gap "enthusiasm gap," most pundits have overlooked a far simpler reason why the Democratic vote seems lethargic to the point of needing a nap as we head into the Midterm election home stretch: After two years of Democrats in power,...

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Speaking in Yellow: The Crisis in Our Politics

(389) Comments | Posted September 3, 2010 | 12:59 PM

Lately, American politics is neither blue nor red, but yellow. 

Like the "yellow journalism" that plagued the turn of the last century, this new era of Gilded Age politics has been overrun by obscene exaggerations and outright falsehoods, all whipped into national hysteria by newsrooms that long-ago swapped research...

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Lie About Auschwitz Fuels Park51 Hysteria

(110) Comments | Posted August 19, 2010 | 4:22 PM

Leave it to right-wing pundits to lie about Auschwitz to fuel the anti-Muslim hysteria taking over the Republican Party.

When Republican media elites like Charles Krauthammer compare the Park51 cultural center to the 1988 Carmelite controversy at Auschwitz, they not only spread a lie, but also lend false moral...

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"Ground Zero Mosque" Is the New "Death Panels"

(698) Comments | Posted August 16, 2010 | 5:50 PM

By now, the right-wing political chop-shop has convinced an embarrassingly large chunk of the country that a "YMCA"-type project planned for lower Manhattan is the equivalent of Osama bin Laden landing on the shores of the Potomac.

Mayor Bloomberg, to his credit, scoffed at this right-wing idiocy in an eloquent...

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Getting Medieval on BP

(111) Comments | Posted June 3, 2010 | 7:16 PM

I had a strange experience the other day when I passed by a BP gas station: as I caught glimpse of the BP logo, an anger so visceral welled up in my stomach that it actually made me question my commitment to a lawful society.

That cheery little green...

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Sadistic Insurers Take Aim at Children

(27) Comments | Posted March 29, 2010 | 2:48 PM

The New York Times reports, today, that health insurance companies have already started to rattle their legalistic sabres against the newly signed reform law -- claiming that they are under no obligation to provide coverage for children with pre-existing conditions.

Most human beings with a pulse will...

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GOP Leaders Match Up Message to Violent Talk

(22) Comments | Posted March 24, 2010 | 3:58 PM

Words matter -- and they matter even more when they are violent words. Apparently, GOP leadership agrees.

Despite the unwillingness of mainstream media to connect the dots, the base and leadership of the GOP are matching their rhetoric to the disturbing rise of violent talk at Tea Party rallies and...

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