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Drew Westen

Iowa: It's Emotions, Stupid!

Peter Emerson | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Peter Emerson

It will not be the experience of a candidate; it will be the emotion of the voter that decides this election. Republicans learned this far more quickly than Democrats.

Rape Victim Ad In Montana

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Senator John Walsh has just released a rather amazing television ad, though, which is the best pushback on the "personhood" concept I think I've ever seen. Because it features a rape victim telling her own story.

Not So Fast, Fareed!

Jim Sleeper | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

With his every hair in place and his virtually homespun quips perfectly timed, Zakaria at Yale on Wednesday offered yet another manifestation of himself as the $75,000-a-speech-giver at investment bank dinners.

Friday Talking Points: Worst... Congress... Ever!

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.12.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Even Truman's infamous "Do-Nothing Congress" actually managed to get a lot more done than what we've got now, folks.

The President Should Extend All Tax Cuts for One Year

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 09.11.2012 | Politics
Mark Yzaguirre

This could put the tax issue off the table in the short term and give the voters a stark choice -- continue the Bush tax cuts forever under Romney or revamp them in a sensible, context-conscious manner under Obama.

Why Obama Defaulted In The 'State Of The Union'

Jim Sleeper | Posted 03.26.2012 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

A president can't be a prophet, of course, but he can tell more of the truth than his advisers and apologists think he can about our entrapment in the slippery web of contracts and lies that is closing in on us.

Guess Who Obama Was Channeling In Kansas

Jim Sleeper | Posted 02.07.2012 | Media
Jim Sleeper

You really can't get more egg on your face than Barack Obama's neoliberal Beltway apologists have after his big speech in Kansas. That's because a portion of the speech reads as if the president were channeling the pundits' nemesis, Drew Westen.

Championing Rapists' Fatherhood Rights

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Championing fatherhood rights for rapists would seem to be a politically suicidal position for any candidate for office in America. But this year's GOP nomination race seems to be testing this, in a big way.

Why the Obama Strategy May Work

Deepak Chopra | Posted 10.15.2011 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

In many ways the facts are on Obama's side but emotions aren't. The real question isn't who's right, the president or his critics, but whether adult reason is the course to follow.

More Response to Westen's "Story" Theory for Obama

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 10.14.2011 | Politics
Carol Muske-Dukes

What is the best and most enlightening and engendering Story that Americans should be listening to right now? Who gets to tell the Story -- and who listens and thus makes it Real, the Real Story?

Friday Talking Points -- Corporations Are People, Mitt?

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.12.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: the Iowa straw poll is meaningless. The Republican debate last night in Iowa wasn't as meaningless, but will also soon be forgotten.

What Are the Emotional Drivers of Our National Unraveling?

Douglas LaBier | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Douglas LaBier

A major psychological source originates in people's responses to the crumbling of an overall way of life that's pretty much predominated throughout the 20th Century. Dealing with these shifts can have frightening impact.

Drew Westen's Tension

Mike Bonifer | Posted 10.11.2011 | Media
Mike Bonifer

Drew Westen's leaving race out of his critique of how Barack Obama is playing the game is like leaving computers out of Bill Gates' story, or leaving love out of Paris.

Where's the Protest at Home?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The next time I cross paths with a robust protest march, I'd like to see citizens protesting the wreckage of American prosperity by Wall Street and the too feeble response by our government.

Barack Obama: Same as He Ever Was

Cliff Schecter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

In the wake of President Barack Obama's premature capitulation to the Republicans in the tax wars, a party who I might remind you controls neither Con...

The "Mad" Party -- When the Base Goes Beserk

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Green

With six weeks to go before the mid-term elections and 110 before the next presidential one, those who don't think we should go back to the '50s -- the 1850s or 1950s -- can get off the couch to do six things.

Calling Obama the Fighter

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

It's good that Barack Obama is an idealist. It's good that he wants to be a conciliator who believes that there should be a new moral tone in Washington. But now is the time for realism.

Obama's Bipartisan Obsession (Finally) Ends

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama's speech signaled that he's over his obsession with chasing the nonexistent pipe dream of bipartisanship from Republicans. He defined what his party stands for and why their values are superior to Republicans'.

Friday Talking Points [137] -- Listen To Westen And Lakoff, Democrats!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last week, I heard an interesting take on the political scene: that both parties seem to be trying mightily to lose the upcoming midterm elections. R...

It's a Change Election, Stupid

Mike Signer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Signer

In their attempt to rebut the Republicans' specious attacks on policy, Democrats are overcompensating and becoming that which they should abhor: the establishment.

Why People Vote Against Their Own Interests

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

...It is striking that the people who most dislike the whole idea of healthcare reform - the ones who think it is socialist, godless, a step on the ro...

Who is the American Middle Class? Lessons for Health Care Reform

Drew Westen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Drew Westen

Before we start going after middle class taxpayers, both as good policy and good politics, we would do well to remember that the middle class is and always has been the backbone of our economy

The Day the Momentum Changed: And What Obama Needs to Do in the Debates to Keep It

Drew Westen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Drew Westen

Obama needs to do precisely what he has not done thus far in debates -- connect with voters in a way that makes them feel like they know and share his values, and confident that he will keep them and their families safe.

What Obama is Doing Wrong, and What He Needs to Do Right

Joel B. Schwartzberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joel B. Schwartzberg

Psychologist Drew Westen, author of The Political Brain recently spoke with NOW on PBS host and senior editor David Brancaccio about how Barack Obama...

Is Team Obama Finally Ready to Fight?

John Neffinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Neffinger

Will Team Obama find its groove and come out swinging? Will a progressive 527 appear with memorable ads to save the day? It's hard to know --but this ad is a start.