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San Francisco Values Clarified

Geri Spieler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geri Spieler

We have become a nation of lazy thinkers. The unreality of "San Francisco Values" fits the same tone here in that people will choose to believe what a "celebrity" tells them.

Democrats' Election Hopes May Hinge On Frustrated, Independent Voters

AP | LIZ SIDOTI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MEDIA, Pa. — Democrat Joe Sestak – a son of the Philadelphia suburbs – needs the independent voters in his backyard as he campaigns ...

The 10 Most Obnoxious Political, Media and Cultural Phrases

Joe Gandelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Gandelman

"A defining moment..." A phrase as cringe worthy as chalk scratching a blackboard. So who determines a "defining" moment? Today the phrase is trotted out by anyone who feels self-important.

"The Rest of Us" Are Bigger Than We Thought

Marco Ceglie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marco Ceglie

While we're talking numbers, the 98% of Americans who received tax cuts this year face another important decision: whether Congress will let Bush's tax cuts, which went overwhelmingly to the top 2%, expire.

New Song: The Tea Party's Over

Abe Gurko | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Abe Gurko

I have heard just about enough from the Tea Party, the Tea Baggers, the maroons, whatever you want to call them. What country do we live in and worse, what year is this?

Joe Lieberman: 'I Was Done A Favor' With 2006 Primary Loss, Opened Door For Independent Run (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Monday on CNN that losing the Democratic primary in 2006 was both "the most painful moment, most disappointing momen...

Charlie Crist's Declaration of Independence

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

It's been six weeks since Florida Governor Charlie Crist announced that he would seek the open Florida U.S. Senate seat as an Independent. This decis...

Republican Party's 2012 Presidential Hopefuls Move To the Right As Tea Party Watches

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The tea party's demands for ideological purity have caught some GOP presidential hopefuls off guard, forcing them to awkwardly defe...

Bloomberg: Running as an Independent

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jennifer Donahue

I've said it before and I'll say it again. It feels like a third party candidate election in 2012. And this feels like a candidate.

Why Independents Are Right and Ralph Nader Is Wrong About Proposition 14

Harry Kresky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Kresky

Prop 14 would allow all voters, whether affiliated with a party or not, to vote in an all-inclusive first round in which every candidate is listed on the ballot with their party preference next to their name.

Don't Lament a Crumbling Establishment: Praise a Reinvigorated Democracy

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

My advice to incumbents is: choose to embrace asymmetrical politics; choose the courageous politics of bridge building over the vapid politics of personal destruction. In the months ahead, I'm hoping for the former and bracing myself for the latter.

AAPOR 2010: Chris Wilson and Bryon Allen

Kristen Soltis Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kristen Soltis Anderson

While AAPOR's panels are predominantly comprised of academics and professional non-partisan researchers, it was nice to run into a handful of politica...

Focus on the Mission: Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Rachel Laser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rachel Laser

They serve in Iraq. They fight in Afghanistan. Their names are etched in marble at Arlington National Cemetery. And three out of four Americans believe they shouldn't be forced to lie to serve the country.

Independents See Through Washington's Magic Show

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

Democrats and Republicans are using independents to produce the illusion that the parties are being responsive to the American people. Here's how the trick works.

Florida Senate: Playing 'What If'

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

We have been kicking around various "what if" scenarios on a potential three-way Senate race in Florida this afternoon. It's an incomplete and highly ...

The Independents Sweepstakes

James Campion | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Campion

There is indeed "unprecedented levels of distrust in Washington," at least since the decades prior to and following the Civil War.

What are Independents Thinking?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jim Taylor

The issue and candidate-driven focus of independent voters allows them to be pragmatic and flexible. But lacking a firm political ideology, it can also cause them to appear fickle, gullible, and impatient.

Listen Up

Jeremy Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jeremy Gerard

The title track on "The Ache of Possibility," Louis Rosen and Capathia Jenkins' most recent album, is a kind of knife-edged psalm.

Today I Left the Democratic Party

Chris Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Campbell

With any relationship, when the bad far outweighs the good, perhaps it's time to move on. This is honestly how I've felt for the past few years with the Democratic Party

Arianna On 'The Ed Show': Obama Must Offer More Than Words (VIDEO)

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

President Obama must move beyond rhetoric and acknowledge yesterday's Democratic loss in Massachusetts by making substantive policy and personnel chan...

Scott Brown's Victory: 'Maybe It's the Best Thing...'

Barton Kunstler, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barton Kunstler, Ph.D.

Scott Brown is a former Cosmopolitan centerfold model whose political substance is about as thin as the centerfold itself, but that didn't seem to matter to Massachusetts voters.

Scott Brown's Win in Massachusetts: HuffPost Bloggers React

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the aftermath, the commentary is rolling in. Here's a round-up of HuffPost bloggers' reactions, predictions, I-told-you-so's, and more.

Ryan Grim

Bank Shot: Independents And Dem Base Still Aligned In Anger | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With all the talk about "angry independents" deciding the special election in Massachusetts Tuesday night, the inclination among establishment Washing...

Pollster Analysis: Obama Not Losing Support From Independents

Pollster | Charles Franklin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics for Obama has not plummeted among independents, and that needs to be clarified before it becomes erroneous conventional wisdom. It especial...

The Year's 9 Best Books From Small Publishers

Kevin Sampsell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kevin Sampsell

I see a lot of cool stuff from authors before anyone else has even heard of them. 2009 was no exception. Here are the highlights from my own personal reading list.