You ready, Republican Party? Are you sitting down? Here's what you have to do to avoid going the way of the Whigs. It's pretty easy -- it would fit on a Twitter message: "Begin championing Puerto Rican statehood."
For me, this election wasn't about "we're all in this together" vs. "you're on your own," though I wish it had been. It was about whether or not we enable contempt for the electorate as a winning political strategy. A Romney win would have set a lot of awful precedents.
It wasn't about a mistake-filled Romney campaign, although mistakes there were. It wasn't about the hard-right tilt of the Republican primaries, although they trapped Romney into positions that sold in Oklahoma almost nowhere else. It was about ideas.
Presidents cannot win without policies to include and empower all Americans, not just the slices of communities needed for electoral success. President Obama and Democrats won a mandate to move us forward with jobs, healthcare reform, equality, and nation building here at home.
The choice in this election is clear. The Republican vision for the future represents real pain for the working class. The Democratic vision embraces the American dream and the belief that American workers deserve opportunity and a living wage.
I believe that there is considerable evidence that Romney considers, or at least deals with, people as if they were corporations.
I hope Obama closes the campaign by reminding voters that the values of the 47% video and the Republican convention are not just Romney's values, but his party's values -- and that putting them in charge of the country would be a disaster.
At this stage of the campaign, it no longer even makes sense to try judging Romney's candidacy by his views. He has too many irreconcilable differences with the truth for that -- and it's those differences that disqualify him from holding the highest elected office in the land.
Because I had less than I needed, I fight the impulse to give them everything they want.
Finally! The real Mitt Romney, not the glossy PR portrait, has emerged. The look and manner is as familiar as it is offensive. It's corporate America's "I'll get you for that/you're toast" look.
Fox executives think stripping workers of their livelihoods is a creative and entertaining idea. In reality it is another sign that workers need their voices heard in the struggle to maintain their dignity.
America's children could have smaller class sizes. Cities and towns could have more police. Roads and bridges would be repaired and rebuilt. The foundation for a new economy could begin to be cobbled together.
We have our share of myths in politics. One that is particularly seductive in this rough economy is that the Republican Party is pro-business, and hence the party of wealth creation.
Billy Koehler died on March 7, 2009, for lack of health insurance. Mitt Romney said on October 10, 2012, that's impossible.
Maybe Romney only admitted his mistake because he had a little extra political capital to spend after his successful debate. Or maybe he just did it because it was the right thing to do. Smart business people admit their mistakes immediately.
The lights are being removed, the podiums are gone, and the cleanup crew is sweeping up the tiny, tiny pieces of Paul Ryan that were left all over the stage last night. Heh. Well, maybe not really, but it certainly seems that way, doesn't it?