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Rove, Benghazi Lift Dems

Brent Budowsky | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

The GOP brand has become a foul-tasting stew of wars against women, insults against seniors, alienation of Hispanics, dog-whistle undertones of racism against blacks, abusive congressional hearings and internecine warfare of Republican against Republican. Thank you, Karl Rove.

Obama Endangers Dems

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

My warning to Democrats and to Obama -- whose presidency will effectively end if the outcome in 2014 is unfavorable -- is that they must understand the gravity of the danger and the urgent need to improvise, adapt and do some things very differently.

2014 Warning to Dems

Brent Budowsky | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

To mobilize the Democratic base, the president and Democrats in Congress are going to have to do things much differently -- fight much harder, battle much more visibly and act much more boldly than they have in recent years.

Hillary and Pope Francis

Brent Budowsky | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

By mobilizing the nation's leading thinkers, Clinton could tap the spirit of Francis to propel the next great era of shared American prosperity.

Hillary '16, Obama '14

Brent Budowsky | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

It is time to pass the torch from the extremism, division and obstruction of Republicans to the leadership of opportunity and aspiration that was ignited with the election of Obama -- and would be culminated by the election of President Hillary Clinton.

Now Obama Must Lead Democrats and the Nation

Brent Budowsky | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Yes, President Obama inherited a mess. But it is unacceptable that in the third year of his presidency he still blames his predecessor and does bus tours to promote jobs programs that do not exist.

Washington vs. America

Brent Budowsky | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Washington is an island drowning in its own self-interest, surrounded by a hurting and unhappy nation of deeply patriotic citizens who hunger for shared national purpose but find our politics to be sickening, insulting and corrupted.

Harry Reid Battles and Democrats Must Not Surrender

Brent Budowsky | Posted 09.23.2011 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Every Democrat in America who believes in the values and heritage of the Democratic party owes Harry Reid a debt of gratitude for standing up for what we as Democrats believe.

The "Obama's Brilliant Strategy" Theory

Marty Kaplan | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

People who voted for Obama can banish their blues by believing that he actually has an awesome super-secret strategy going on. Here are three such theories.

How Democrats Lost Their Base -- And Why Identity Is Key to Winning It Back

Spencer Critchley | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

Most Democrats have trouble stating clearly what they stand for.That's a very big problem, because it turns out that in politics, identity trumps both interests and ideas.

The Re-Positioning Tango

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Self-identified liberals are an important part of the Democratic base, but they sure aren't the only part, or even the biggest one. Most African-Americans, who voted 90% Democratic, do not describe themselves as liberals. Neither do most Hispanics.

"Effing Retards" -- a Rhyming Rant

Jim Parry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Parry

Obama joked that when Rahm lost His middle finger... what a cost: Young Rahm was briefly mute, done in! But... Rahm's other middle finger has Been l...

Obama Scapegoats His Own Voters

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Scapegoating the professional left might send the DC crowd into orgasmic seizures, but what does it do to win the country over? What does it do about unemployment?

Barack and His Party Won't Go Down Without a Fight!

Frank Dwyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

Barack's a fighter! He's tough! Yippee! Go get 'em! Pound that goddamn base!...

Biden To Democratic Base: 'Stop Whining'

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Campaigning for Democratic candidates in New Hampshire, Vice President Joe Biden said Monday the party's base should "stop wh...

Sam Stein

Gibbs' Mockery Of 'Professional Left' Unexpected

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The real news behind White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs' denunciation of the "professional left" in an interview published on Tuesday was not ne...

Sam Stein

Robert Gibbs Clarifies "Professional Left" Criticism, Calls Initial Comments Inartful

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a statement to the Huffington Post, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs acknowledged that his recent broadside against the "professional left"...

Health Reform Post-Mortem

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In order to get anything done this year, things are going to have to move a lot faster than health reform moved. The pace has to be stepped up from "glacial."

Sam Stein

Dems Scared Into Action By Everyone From Donors To The Base

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democratic lawmakers, from the leadership on down, are facing what many describe as an unprecedented amount of political pressure as the party scrambl...

Brad Ellsworth: A Disaster Waiting to Happen

Bil Browning | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bil Browning

Not only has Ellsworth tried to defeat legislation that would help middle-class Hoosiers who are struggling with their health care bills and mortgage payments, he's casting the kind of votes that will sink a candidate for the Senate.

Could This Year Be The Start Of A Democratic Era?

American Prospect | Thomas F. Schaller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For a decade, Democrats have heard promises that a durable electoral majority was just around the corner. It's easy to construct such a majority on pa...

Tapping Barack Obama's Phone

Jonathan Leigh Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Leigh Solomon

When Obama eschewed the pundit's red-blue-purple state preoccupation during his '04 Democratic Convention speech, he was choosing poetry over polls.

More Evidence of An Obama Bounce, Other Thoughts on The Fall Election

Simon Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Simon Rosenberg

There should no longer be any doubts about Obama's ability to put together a winning coalition; polls show that this electorate will look very different from any pollsters have seen before.