For more than a century, Missouri was known as the "bellwether state" because of its tendency to swing between Democratic and Republican presidential candidates. However, recent elections suggest that presidential candidates in 2016 are highly unlikely to target Missouri as a battleground and that, just as in 2012, it will be nearly completely ignored.
Why is that man smiling? ...
Now, according to McConnell, is the time to listen to the American people. After 2008? Not so much.
Obama shouldn't "poison the well"? Really?
The fact that a foreign figure can generate this level of interest in the United States is nothing to take lightly, especially since the general American population has been disengaged from home politics and politicians.
The election of Barack Obama was the Lexington and Concord in the latest great battle of race in America. We are a nation at war with itself. For all of our desire to move beyond the narrow confines of many of the events of our tragic history, we cannot. The president's election gave new life to what had been lying dangerously dormant for the better part of 50 years.
There is a growing concern in Democratic circles, which I share, about whether the Hillary Clinton who could run in 2016 is repeating the mistake she made in 2008, when she ran as the inevitable and invincible candidate of a political establishment held in widespread public disrepute.
We must stop being the only democracy that indirectly elects its chief executive. Every voice and vote must matter. After all, isn't that what democracy is all about?
Yes, smart Democratic campaigns should do everything possible to turn out every eligible African-American, Hispanic and single-woman voter, but the issue of turning out young voters is much trickier and demands closer examination and specific voter research for every campaign.
With all due respect to Sen. McCain, I have a different take on this. I, too, am outraged by the lack of care that many of our veterans have received, but I'm not at all bewildered by it. In fact, I saw it coming for years.
In a democratic society, voting is a fundamental right for everyone; however, people with disabilities are often overlooked when it comes to the polling place.
Ignorance prevails and it instills in us all that we should not have our own sense of individuality, but instead that we are expected to be identical to others whose skin pigmentation is the same as ours.
How did we get to this point? How we can avoid being in this position in the future? We don't yet have the perspective necessary to answer these questions fully.
If we are to be a great country, we need people like Pt. Manning who will hold our military accountable. Pt. Manning is the type of principled, idealistic person I thought President Obama to be.
Last year on September 6, 2012 I attended a Democratic National Convention watch party. While the president was giving his re-election speech on TV wi...
There was something remarkable about seeing rappers pledge their support to a mainstream presidential candidate, especially given the history of antipathy between national politicians and hip hop.