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Bernie Sanders Could be a Thorn in the Side of President Hillary Clinton

Rich Rubino | Posted 09.14.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Today there appears to be a rapprochement between Sanders and Clinton. Should Clinton be elected President, she will need the support of Sanders. Sanders will clearly be in the political catbird seat, and could be a thorn in the side of Clinton should she fail to give proper deference to progressive polices.

Sanders Versus Trump, Revisited

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.13.2017 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Bernie Sanders versus Donald Trump in the general election? How preposterous an idea! Of course, when writing one of these articles a good rule of thumb is to always point out how speculative the concept all is, which I dutifully did.

Sanders Versus Trump Would Be Fun

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.19.2016 | Media
Chris Weigant

America would, for once, get two candidates who refused to put on their party's usual muzzle.

Zach Carter

Chris Dodd Warns That It's Not Just Leftists Who Hate The Banks Now | Zach Carter | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The rise of anti-corporate conservatives is a significant threat to the American banking establishment, according to former Sen. Chris D...

Can We Make Environmentalism a Centrist Issue?

Sean McElwee | Posted 05.19.2014 | Green
Sean McElwee

By adopting a moderate framing and language that appeals to both centrist thought leaders and disenchanted Republican moderates and independents, the environment could become to the left what race has been to the right.

Centrists Have No Right to Lecture Anyone on Growth

Dean Baker | Posted 03.01.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

Last week former New York Times editor Bill Keller had a column that distinguished the "left-left" and the center-left. However, what's more important than the labeling is the main line of distinction Keller tries to draw.

America Needs a New Political Party

Jeffrey E. Schwarz | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey E. Schwarz

The two-party system has a long history in America, but is no longer serving the interests of our country.

The Dems' Decision to Go the Super PAC Route Is Wrong

Pearl Korn | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Democrats need to give the American people a reason to support their party, and in my mind they can do that by supporting the public financing of elections and passing an amendment canceling out the Citizens United decision.

Draft Moderate Manifesto Part 1

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

In election after election, the same opportunity remains unrealized -- the possibility that either extreme could unite with the center to exclude the most extreme policies of the other.

Centrism Wins! Media Marvel at Obama's Move to the Right

Peter Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Peter Hart

There is little evidence that Obama's current approval ratings have anything to do with a rightward shift, and the entire conversation rests on the premise that Obama was governing from the left in the first place.

The "New Centrism" and Its Discontents

George Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Lakoff

Using conservative language activates the conservative view. A new centrism that makes sense ought to be one that unifies progressives under a single moral system centered on empathy.

Why Washington Is More Right-Wing Than the Rest of the Country

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Being against corporate control of our democracy shouldn't be a liberal position. It should be a universal position. It's not that multi-national corporations are evil, it's just that they're amoral.

Primary Victory Over Conventional Wisdom

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats had better relish their victory in PA 12 while they can, because this weekend a special election in Hawaii is likely to elect a Republican in a very Democratic district.

The Problem With Elena Kagan Is Barack Obama

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Elena Kagan -- safe, no record, never challenged power in any meaningful way, never stood up for progressive ideology, beloved by the establishment in Washington -- the perfect Obama candidate. I'm tired of it.

The Media's Billion Dollar Ad for Evan Bayh

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Cenk Uygur

Bayh masked his craven capitulation to corporate lobbyists with a veneer of bipartisanship and moderation. If he sold out to enough special interests, he could claim that he was on both sides.

Obama Seen As Firmly Positioned In 'Radical Center'

Bloomberg | Al Hunt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama sees an irony in his relations with the U.S. business community. "On the left, we are perceived as being in the pockets of big ...

Democrats Unhappy With Obama's Centrist Shift

POLITICO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama is running into resistance from congressional Democrats over several key economic proposals -- blunting the party's ability to ...

Obama After Massachusetts

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The defeat in Massachusetts forces the White House to confront the political problems they face, some of which were obscured in 2009 by the extremist sideshow known as the Republican Party.

How Progressives Can Move Obama to the Left

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

I'm positive that Obama thinks that he's doing his best to bring about as much change as he can within the limits of this system. But is he a true progressive or a corporatist sell out?

Threaten To Destroy The Country -- Media Calls You a "Centrist"

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dave Johnson

Currently there is a proposal being floated for a "debt commission" structured to force solutions to the national debt without the cumbersome processes of democracy getting in the way.

Nothing Centrist About Them

Katrina vanden Heuvel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Katrina vanden Heuvel

So-called "centrists" are far from the center of the health care debate. They are, in fact, out of touch and out of the mainstream -- like the rest of their conservative brethren.

Obama and Bright Lines in the Sand

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama again refused to give a strong defense of the public option himself. By doing so, he just dug the hole deeper. What exactly does Obama stand for in the health care debate?

Jason Linkins

'Conservadem' Senators Pledge To Work With Obama | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last week, the Rachel Maddow show took a look at an emerging coalition of Senators which she named "Conservadems." Led by Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, ...

Jason Linkins

ConservaDems: Maddow Digs Into The New "Centrist" Caucus (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Apparently led by Sen. Evan Bayh, "conservadems" are a small group of Democratic lawmakers whose general aim, as Rachel Maddow puts it, is "torpedoing their party's own agenda."

Friday Talking Points [53] -- Why McCain Is Losing, And Why Democrats Shouldn't Say So

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

John McCain is losing the race for the White House. Now, this doesn't mean he has already lost it -- we've still got to go vote, after all. I'll cov...