The Blue Dogs are right about campaign strategy in some conservative districts -- but they greatly overstate their case. Granularity is usually lost in our political narrative, and the numbers suggest subtle, diverging politics.
The Bank of North Dakota has garnered attention for its continued profitability. Momentum is building for a sane kind of banking system that works for the people and state instead of the bottom line of banks and shareholders.
A three or four point swing or pollster miscalculation in either direction moves projected results from continued Democratic control of the House to an 80-seat Republican victory that it could take decades for Democrats to overcome.
Based on my experience from the 1994 cycle and based on the poll of independents that we did, I offer these suggestions to those surviving Blue Dogs and other conservative Democrats that come back into Congress licking their severe wounds.
It's now painfully obvious that President Obama's election, far from hastening a post-partisan utopia, has led to near-absolute polarization. To deal with a re-energized right, Democrats must alter their political strategy accordingly.
If John Adler is a man of his people, it's a different people from the rest of us. Adler is one of 47 Democrats who presented House Speaker Pelosi with a letter threatening to keep tax cuts for the richest 2% of Americans.
Progressives are implored to accept the limitations of the political environment. Well enough, I say. We need to shift our focus toward building a grassroots movement that turns promises made to us into positive outcomes.
Which side of the Democratic civil war over taxes and spending represents a fact-based argument for economic prosperity, and which side represents fact-free theorizing? I'd say the evidence is pretty clear.