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The Provocateur: Cruz Goes Hard Right on the Influence Spectrum

Alan Kelly | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Alan Kelly

In contests of most any kind, it's often best to go second. Particularly if you think you're the better player. But if you're the weaker, then surely you should go first.

All Quiet Except Cruz. And Did You Read About Al Gore?

Alan Kelly | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics
Alan Kelly

With just 600 days until the 2016 general elections, it was reasonable to have a break in the recent political weather and wind. And we got it for two reasons: Democrats were getting past emailgate and Republicans were getting past Bibi and Iran.

I'm Kinda Sorry: Hillary's Plays on Her Emailing Ways

Alan Kelly | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics
Alan Kelly

Instead of running at the revelations of her private email service, she preferred to finesse the foment with signature testing, freezing and diverting strategies.

Step Brothers 2016? Mitt and Jeb's Feud for President

Alan Kelly | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Alan Kelly

Think of Romney as Dale, played by actor John C. Reilly, more entitled than his new-found half-sibling. And think of Jeb Bush as Brennen, played by Will Ferrell, which is easy given the comedian's facility for impersonating another brother, George W. Bush. Are you following so far?

Progressives Are the Future of the Democratic Party

Sam Wohns | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Sam Wohns

We can't tell the story of the 2014 election as simply a victory by Republicans over Democrats. In fact, I think we can understand a lot about the strengths and weaknesses of the Democratic Party by looking at which Democrats won and which lost.

Learning From 2014 and Turning to 2016: Democrats Still Need a Compelling Economic Message

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

The greatest mystery of the 2014 mid-term election is the question of why all of our leading analysts knew how important it is for Democrats to have a compelling economic message aimed at middle class voters, and yet we managed to get to the end of the election cycle without coalescing around an effective narrative.

How We Should Advise Myanmar Now to Achieve Future Stability

Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
Dr. Maha Hosain Aziz

How else should we be advising Myanmar now so its version of democracy isn't derailed in the future? Here are three pieces of advice that the US and other foreign actors should offer Myanmar's government to help create a stable, more inclusive society:

Women Be Damned: Of Politics and the Plays They Run

Alan Kelly | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Alan Kelly

Can women in politics run the same plays as men? For Alison Lundergan Grimes and Wendy Davis, one wonders if the system and society will let them run any at all?

This Week, We're All Gay: Supreme Court's Pass Is a Play

Alan Kelly | Posted 12.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Alan Kelly

Our laws define us, if even by force, and so we move forward, wearing the shoes of the disenfranchised.

Clinton's Hard Choices: Too Smart or Too Dumb?

Alan Kelly | Posted 08.12.2014 | Books
Alan Kelly

What remains of the carcass of Hillary Clinton's new book and dubious tour, picked over by legions of fellow pundits, is the simple duty to observe the obvious -- that Hillary Clinton runs plays. Lots of them.

Clinton and Cruz: Peacocking Because They Can

Alan Kelly | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Alan Kelly

Hillary's is a sideshow that will be countered later. But Cruz's circus is playing now and it's being panned, not only by House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell but by Barack Obama and top Democrats.

The Value of a Full Spectrum View

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

"It doesn't matter what I think. It matters what the market thinks." Whether you are a financier, a retailer, an entertainer, or a political manager, this simple rule applies.

The Shadow Knows: Four Plays That Define Obama's Syria Strategy

Alan Kelly | Posted 11.04.2013 | World
Alan Kelly

When in 2003 President George W. Bush told his fellow Americans that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction were lurking, he was surely running a play. I...

How the New Voter ID Laws are the Tonya Harding and New Orleans Saints of American Politics

Myisha Cherry | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics
Myisha Cherry

Sabotage may be accepted in war but should not be accepted in American politics. Our democracy is supposed to be for the people and by the people. To have this not be so, is to bring injury to citizens, our nation and the democratic process.

A Teaching From McCullough Gulch: 7 Guidelines for Life

Matthew Dowd | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

It was on one soulful hike that I realized there are some valuable "rules" to keep in mind as one ventures into the woods or up the side of an incredible mountain. All these revelations on my hike apply to life in general and in politics.

2016: The Plays That Position Biden and De-Position Hillary

Alan Kelly | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Alan Kelly

To watch Joe Biden, you'd think he doesn't run plays on anyone. After all, that's the business of show horses (think Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul), not the work horse vice president. Except that, we read, Joe Biden wants to be president, again.

The New Politics of Climate Change

Ken Allen | Posted 01.06.2013 | Green
Ken Allen

Environmentalists face a much improved political climate following the election, although the climate of Planet Earth will continue to get worse for its human inhabitants. It is of critical importance that we understand what has changed and what has not changed about the politics in which we must engage.

Obama's Magic Argument

Bill Folman | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Bill Folman

The smoother Romney sounds, the more Obama can say, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

"Stay-at-Home Mom" Is a Political Misnomer

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 06.16.2012 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

What business is it of ours to question why women work for pay and why they might cease to do? We all contribute in different ways. Far more important is what we do as a society to help families.

Learning From the Tea Party

Jay Mandle | Posted 04.29.2012 | Politics
Jay Mandle

The political process needs to impose a wall between political and economic power. Wealthy people should not be allowed to have disproportionate influence. Their political weight should not be greater than that of anyone else.

Why Republicans Get to Cry

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

While it's interesting that men like Bush, Romney, and Boehner are allowing themselves to cry publicly lately, behind this seemingly harmless shift in acceptance is one of the ways that the Republicans are managing the narrative.

Why Did Democrats Sweep California? Ask Meg Whitman

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Fernando Espuelas

You could almost hear Meg Whitman's campaign coming off the rails the day she became "tough as nails" on undocumented immigrants.

Bridging the Enthusiasm Gap: Obama and the Conventional Wisdom

Derek Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Derek Shearer

Obama and his White House team seem a little too sorry for themselves and lack genuine self-analysis of the president's political problems.

Be Timeless, Not Timely

Garlin Gilchrist II | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Garlin Gilchrist II

Movement building occurs when we prioritize timeless principles over timely responses. Because policy makers are thinking about the next election and ...

Year of the Rahm: Get 'Em, Then Gut 'Em

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

In blunt remarks, Emanuel revealed how he planned to get 60 votes in the Senate: bring left-wing Democrats on board early to generate enthusiasm, then turn on them in the end game to woo conservatives.