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Hillary Embarks Upon Operation 'Democratic Party Unity'

Rich Rubino | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Political parties are at a comparative advantage when they unify behind their Presidential nominee. Predictably, supporters of the presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton will do everything possible to heal the chasm with the progressive left.

A Johnson/Weld Ticket Could Make the Libertarian Party Viable

Rich Rubino | Posted 05.23.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

This is a once in a political lifetime chance for the Libertarians to present themselves as a viable and credible alternative to the electoral hegemony the Democrats and Republicans currently enjoy.

Political Parties are Under No Obligation to Operate Democratically

Rich Rubino | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Supporters of Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders are flocking to local town hall meetings asking why their U.S. Representative or Senato...

Senator McCarthy's Campaign Had a More Profound Impact Than Sanders' Revolution

Rob Hahn | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
Rob Hahn

While there are similarities between the two campaigns - namely the underdog factor, an incendiary issue and the involvement of young voters - the McCarthy campaign of 1968 still claims a much more profound impact on electoral politics not only in its less-than-one-year existence but for generations that followed.

Memo to Mitt Romney: A "Brokered" Convention Won't Solve Your Trump Problem

Kenneth D. Ackerman | Posted 03.11.2016 | Politics
Kenneth D. Ackerman

It is almost painful to hear Republican "establishment" leaders like Mitt Romney openly wish for a "brokered" or "contested" convention in 2016 to pic...

A Republican President and Democratic Vice President?

Michael Zucker | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Michael Zucker

A Republican Party that rejects Donald Trump after he had led the entire field by substantial margins for almost a year could stimulate a seismic political revolt leading to a third party campaign. Trumpites would legitimately complain that the nomination had been stolen from him.

LBJ and HRC: New Hampshire Waterloos

Sanford D. Horwitt | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics
Sanford D. Horwitt

What is the handwriting on the wall for Hillary Rodham Clinton after her devastating 22-point landslide loss to Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire? Are voters telling her that she is the wrong person for our times?

The Bernie Campaign: The Democratic Party's Biggest Insurrection in Decades

Norman Solomon | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Many of the same media outlets and overall corporate forces that denounced Eugene McCarthy in 1968, George McGovern in 1972 and Jesse Jackson in 1988 are gunning for Bernie Sanders in 2016. We shouldn't be surprised.

Date Sanders/Marry Hillary? The Countdown Begins...

Mark Green | Posted 01.24.2016 | Politics
Mark Green

2014-02-03-BothSidesNowLogoPlaincolhirescopy1.jpgMatalin-Alter debate the pre-Iowa cage-matches. But while GOP bitterly disagrees who's more loathsome -- Trump (says National Review) or Cruz (says Dole) -- among Dems, it's who's more awesome. Isn't THE variable which Dem likeliest to stop the Far (F)right? Then: Will Flint -- like "Benghazi" -- politically go from a place to a piñata?

A Trump-Clinton Matchup Would be a Trip Back to the Future in Foreign Affairs

Rich Rubino | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

A matchup between the non-interventionist Republican Donald Trump and the interventionist Democrat Hillary Clinton would not be a paradigm shift in foreign affairs, as much as it would be a trip back to the future.

Norman Sherman's Memorable 'Memoir'

Al Eisele | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Al Eisele

Norman Sherman has written a memoir that may discourage others, including myself, from writing theirs.

My Half Century in the Nation's Capital

Al Eisele | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Al Eisele

When I became Mondale's vice presidential press secretary in 1977, some critics said he hired me because of my favorable coverage, but I pointed out that I wrote many critical articles as well, and quoted his words that he hired me to "get him out of journalism."

Donald Trump Is No 'Good Soldier'

Rich Rubino | Posted 08.24.2015 | Entertainment
Rich Rubino

Trump is proving that he is not a "good soldier" for the Republican Party. Ironically, This may actually help him with grassroots conservatives and Independent voters who themselves are conservatives first and Republicans second.

Some Presidential Candidates Get No Respect

Rich Rubino | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

In every presidential election there are candidates with compelling resumes who the high command of the political parties and the media rarely mention. In almost every election cycle, a formidable candidate fails to make the cut.

The 50th Anniversary of U.S. Marines Landing in Vietnam

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

These days, it has become far more difficult to teach the history of America's war in Vietnam because one of the chief lessons of that war we thought we had learned ("No More Vietnams") has been soundly disproven in recent years.

12 Reasons Why Mitt Romney Should Not Have Run

John A. Tures | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

When Mitt Romney made his announcement that he wouldn't make another presidential run (for now), it didn't take long for pundits to add their thoughts. Some pointed out that Reagan won on his third presidential campaign. But the other 12 who tried since 1952 didn't.

When Considering a Presidential Bid, When Does 'No' Mean 'Yes'?

Rich Rubino | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Even after a potential candidate says with absolute certainty that he will not run, many do not believe him or her. With the exception of Pete Wilson, one would be hard pressed to find presidential candidates whose past denials actually had deleterious effects on their presidential candidacies.

The Candidate: Election Season Classic May Ease Pain as It Entertains

William Bradley | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Some people watch It's A Wonderful Life at Christmas time; I watch The Candidate at election time. Crisply directed by Michael Ritchie, it is highly recommended for Democrats and independents dreading Tuesday night's results.

George Takei Humbled "to Be Takei"

Brian DAmbrosio | Posted 10.25.2014 | Entertainment
Brian DAmbrosio

George Takei learned from his father that one could best get what one desired by expressing what they want rather than complaining about the way things are. From Takekuma Norman Takei, George also learned the usefulness of optimism in the face of confrontation.

Eugene McCarthy Now a Non-Person in St. Paul

Al Eisele | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Al Eisele

The Saint Paul Grill has declared Gene McCarthy a non-person and you can no longer swill your favorite drink while he gazes over you. I wish I could hear what he would say about it. Too bad for a city that prides itself as one that pays homage to its history.

'Troublemaker' Hersh Should Be Welcomed Back

Robert Miraldi | Posted 03.02.2014 | Media
Robert Miraldi

It may be a New Year, but it is the same old Sy Hersh, arguably America's best investigative reporter, who is still sticking his thumb in the eye of power at the age of 76 and exposing what he sees as the abuse of power.

Four Places of Honor in My Personal Archives

Al Eisele | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Al Eisele

I'm reading too many obituaries these days, but was struck by three that appeared in The Washington Post on Oct. 10 - which soon will publish its own obituary following its sale to Jeff Bezos.

In Politics, Loyalty to Your Boss May Be Hazardous to Your Political Career

Rich Rubino | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

This year marks the 45th anniversary of Vice President Hubert Humphrey's historic speech in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he broke with President Lyndon B. Johnson over U.S. policy in Vietnam.

The Establishment is Not Quite as Established as One Might Think

Rich Rubino | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

While an establishment candidate benefits from institutional support and an existing army of benefactors, they usually downplay this significant asset, trying to present themselves as independent-minded. However, once insurgents are elected, they become the face card of the establishment.

When Robert Kennedy Stirred the Nation

Keith Runyon | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Keith Runyon

For the youth of 1968, the very real peril of war was not in the hills of northern Virginia, but far away in the rice paddies of Vietnam, where America's involvement in a civil war was costly, in terms of lives as well as national confidence.