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Pitiful Giant: The Republican Establishment

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

What recourse do traditional conservatives have if they want to trump Trump? For starters, they could just withhold their support, as the Bush family is doing. Or they could withhold money. The trouble, however, is that this is the year when the usual suspects have been revealed as politically impotent. The Bushes are history. It doesn't matter to most conservative voters that the Bushes aren't backing Trump. If it did matter, Jeb Bush would not have performed so pitifully. As for the billionaires, some, like Sheldon Adelson, are already sucking up to Trump. There are so many very rich people involved in politics today that Trump is likely to get all the money he needs, even if he's too cheap to dig into his own (somewhat exaggerated) fortune. Some Republican leaders will even go so far as to vote for Hillary Clinton. And there is also talk of some kind independent conservative Republican insurgency, as a kind of ad hoc third party to divert votes from Trump.

Don't Break Out the Champagne, Democrats Still Have a Lot of Work to do

Andrea Dew Steele | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics
Andrea Dew Steele

While I am ecstatic at the prospect of electing a Democratic president and hopefully retaking the Senate, I know that isn't enough. It won't stop the terrible conservative laws being passed virtually every day in our states that end up trickling up to the Supreme Court and becoming the law of the land.

Pivotal? Or Pitiful? The "All-Important" Wisconsin Primary

Rick Horowitz | Posted 04.02.2016 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Badgered in the Badger State...

The Election Carnival Has Just Begun

Robert Kuttner | Posted 01.17.2016 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

This could well be the first election since 2000 with an independent candidate. That has happened only four times in the past century, the others being 1912, 1948 and 2000. And a three-way -- or even a four-way race --would be a wild card. It could take any of several forms, with different partisan winners and losers. Consider: Suppose Donald Trump is the Republican nominee and Hillary Clinton is the Democrat. Establishment Republicans will be convinced that their party has been hijacked by a bizarre rabble-rouser; GOP elites will be unsure which is worse -- the prospect of Trump losing, or Trump winning. Result: pressure builds for a "real" Republican to run as an independent -- a conservative but not a rightwing populist. That could be, say, Paul Ryan, or John Kasich, or Mitt Romney again. Advantage: Democrats.

Bernie Is Not the New Barry -- And That's a Good Thing

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Jedediah Purdy

Viewed hopefully, the Sanders campaign is the next stage of maturation in a rebirth of American progressivism. This time, people understand that no personality, however compelling, can ever change a country. Youthful progressive politics is growing up.

Democratic Candidates Blast Obama Administration Plan To Deport Families

Reuters | Ashley Alman | Posted 12.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Dec 24 (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Thursday came under fire from Democratic presidential candidates and human rights ...

5 Truths About Counterterrorism Presidential Candidates Should Keep in Mind

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 11.15.2015 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Before jumping on the "tough on terrorism" bandwagon, candidates should reflect on the lessons learned in the 14 years since the 9/11 terror attacks, and consider what actually works to counter this global problem - and what doesn't.

Finally, Democratic Presidential Candidates Say Good Things about Marijuana Legalization and Criminal Justice Reform

Tony Newman | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Tony Newman

In years past, candidates either totally ignored the failed war on drugs and the harms of marijuana prohibition -- or more typically, said harmful, stupid stuff about their "youthful indiscretions," their concern about "sending the wrong message," and their plans to amp up law enforcement.

These Dem Candidates For President Are Proud Of Enemies They've Made

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics

Each of the five candidates who took part in the first Democratic debate of this campaign cycle has an enemy they're proud of. When asked by CNN debat...

The Indian Summer of Joe Biden

Mary Buffett | Posted 09.01.2016 | Politics
Mary Buffett

There has been a great deal of speculation about Joe Biden's intentions as the leaves begin to turn. Will he run for the White House a third time or will he ride out on a high note, perhaps to be the next Secretary of State should a Democrat win in 2016?

Lousy Food, Small Servings -- Sanders Foreign Policy: Backing Saudi Intervention

Sam Husseini | Posted 08.27.2016 | Politics
Sam Husseini

Sanders is unwilling to break with the U.S.-Saudi alliance that has done such damage to both the Arab people and the American people. Now, we have a full-fledged, Israeli-Saudi alliance, and it must be music to the ears of pro-Israeli journalists for Sanders to be calling for U.S. backing of further Saudi domination.

Political Parties In Different Universes On Voting Rights

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was as if the two major political parties' presidential hopefuls were in separate universes Thursday, as the Democratic candidates co...

What to Watch for in the First GOP "Debate"

Terry Connelly | Posted 08.04.2016 | Politics
Terry Connelly

This will work out to a total of about 10 minutes for each candidate over the life of the show. Sounds more like an extended high school musical audition than any sort of serious effort to identify the policy proposals and positions, and test the temperament, of the persons now seeking the presidency on the GOP side.

Candidate Speech Series: Hillary Clinton

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.16.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It is wonderful to be back in Nevada and at Rancho. I am delighted to be joined by a number of young people who are going to talk with me, and all of you, about their lives and their stories, particularly immigration.

Candidate Speech Series: Lincoln Chafee

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This is a continuing series of candidate speech transcripts from all the Democratic presidential campaigns, which will be running all week long. Please see the introduction to this series for more information.

Candidate Speech Series: Martin O'Malley

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This is a continuing series of candidate speech transcripts from all the Democratic presidential campaigns, which will be running all week long. Please see the introduction to this series for more information.

Samantha Lachman

These Democrats Could Be The Party's Ticket To A Comeback | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After the Republican Party took control of the Senate, strengthened its House majority, picked up a host of state legislative chambers a...

Hidden Errors and Overconfident Pollsters

David Rothschild | Posted 01.02.2015 | Politics
David Rothschild

Election forecasts report a margin of error of typically 3 percentage points. That means that 95 percent of the time the election outcome should lie within that interval. However, the true error is actually much larger than that.

Carole King Campaigns For Natalie Tennant In West Virginia

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

Award-winning singer Carole King campaigned on Sunday in support of West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant's (D) bid for a U.S. Senate seat,...

Split In Democratic Party Establishment As Xavier Becerra Endorses Eloise Gomez Reyes

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics

Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) broke with his party's political establishment Friday, and announced his endorsement of attorney Eloise Gomez Reyes, wh...

Winning the Election -- And a Successful Second Term

Mike Lux | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

The chances for the Democrats to retake the House are now a lot better than the conventional wisdom has it, and my view is that for the sake of Obama's second term the entire party needs to re-orient itself to that possibility.

Presidential Candidate Promises Ponies For All

The Huffington Post | Allie Compton | Posted 01.10.2012 | Comedy

Yes, he's running for president; yes, he's real; and yes, he wants to give you a pony. Dental puns and glitter-bombs were flying at this year's Le...

Storytelling and the November Elections

Fred Rotondaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Rotondaro

There is a proven psychological maxim that when people are afraid and anxious, they seek reassurance in the familiar. Republicans are appealing to this psychological reality. They wrap themselves in God and the flag.

A Race Against Big Money

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

2010-09-28-chilicopy.jpg Surya Yalamanchili has pledged a Clean Money campaign by taking no money from corporations, special interests or Political Action Committees -- only one of two candidates to do so.

Democrats Threaten To Cut Off Funding To Weak Candidates

Politico | Alex Isenstadt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen sent a cold-blooded message Friday to under-performing party candidates: Get you...