So-called "deficit hawks" like Kent Conrad, Erskine Bowles, and Alan Simpson aren't just unserious. They're radicals. Their positions are an extreme departure from the philosophy of government that's guided American policy for a century.
There's a new conventional wisdom forming in Washington, DC: the American dream of financial independence and security is gone. The ideal of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" is dead. Deal with it.
For years, I prosecuted war profiteers in Iraq. I saw exactly what Gen. Butler meant when he said, "war is a racket." I'm not going to change my mind about these wars any time soon. But we have to change other people's minds.
Victoria Hopper and Jamie McGurk decided that with all the progressive movers and shakers that were going to be assembled in Denver, an opportunity to create a meaningful dialogue was presenting itself.
When other candidates tack left or right between the party primary and election day, it's a form of Kabuki; we all know what they really stand for because they've left legislative paper trails that show us.