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The Empire Strikes Back: Explaining the Republican Wave

Deepak Bhargava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Bhargava

What a difference two years make. In 2008, President Obama swept into office on a platform of hope and change. All across America, there was a groun...

Buck up, Progressives -- We WON! Part 1

Karen Dolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Dolan

The though the Congressional Progressive Caucus emerged virtually unscathed from yesterday's election, the conservative Blue Dog Democratic Caucus lost more than half its members. Dead weight gone. Good Riddance.

After the Election Disaster: Back to Basics

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Now what? We need to build a grassroots progressive movement -- wide, deep and strong enough to fight the right and challenge the corporate center of the Democratic Party.

Come Out of the Political Closet!

Robin McGehee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robin McGehee

Two years ago, we walked in to the ballot booth with hope that bold, progressive leaders would take the mantle and move us forward. Sadly, this Election Day, we walked into the voting booth uninspired.

What Yesterday's Election Means for Progressives

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The same forces that created the economic crisis, and profited from it, turned around and played off the fear that the crisis created to convince voters to vote out Democrats who reined them in.

Sam Stein

Tensions Already Flaring Between Progressives And Centrists Over Democrats' 2010 Performance | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The spinning wars over the election results will occur not just between Democrats and Republicans but also amongst Democrats themselves....

The 2010 Elections: What Went Wrong?

Daniel Berger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Berger

Regardless of the outcome of the 2010 elections, the Democratic Party urgently needs a fundamental reevaluation of its political strategy.

A Letter From a Progressive to President Obama

Stu Kreisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stu Kreisman

Dear President Obama, I'll vote for you in 2012, but you're not making it easy to do so. Your administration's communication skills are, to be honest, horrible. And now we're in for two years of gridlock and hell.

An Open Letter to the Progressive Community from Ohio Democrats

Doug Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kelly

Dear Friends, We need your help in Ohio right now. If there was ever a time to make a late-game investment, now is the time. And Ohio is the place. ...

Why a Soccer Momma for Obama Hung Up Her Cleats

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodi Jacobson

I was a soccer mama for Obama. And depending on the day and the kids in my car, I was a hockey mama or a baseball mama. But sometime this year, I hung...

Bad News for Blue Dogs is Bad News for Progressives

Ronnie Shows | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ronnie Shows

Retaining Blue Dogs in swing congressional districts are the key to keeping control of Congress and all the benefits that come with being in the majority

Who Cares Who Wins the Elections

Andy Thayer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Andy Thayer

Either way, we will not win on November 2nd. Sure, party hangers-on hoping for sweetheart contracts and other favors care, and are working overtime u...

The Case for a Smaller Tent Party

Ari Berman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Berman

It's now painfully obvious that President Obama's election, far from hastening a post-partisan utopia, has led to near-absolute polarization. To deal with a re-energized right, Democrats must alter their political strategy accordingly.

Surprised Political Legend

Wendy Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Wendy Block

An irrepressible visionary housed in a levelheaded package, Ferial Masry is the progressively Democratic candidate for her 2/3 white, majority Republican district.

Are Progressives Fiddling While Rome Burns?

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Boaz

If fall of 2008 was "silly season", then what does that make this election cycle? We are in a critical moment (yes, I know someone says that every ...

The Road to a New Progressive Narrative, Part Two: The Right's Winning Non-Rational Propaganda

Mark Cassello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Cassello

In Propaganda in a Democratic Society, Aldous Huxley differentiates two forms of propaganda: rational and non-rational propaganda.

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Irving Thalberg's 'Attack Ad' vs. Upton Sinclair

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Greg Mitchell

MGM legend Irving Thalberg produced the first political attack ads for the screen, full of fakery, to destroy the famous Democratic candidate for governor.

Obama's MTV Town Hall Was a Missed Opportunity

Sara Haile-Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sara Haile-Mariam

Rather than provide context, the president regurgitated talking points and laundry lists that seemed to be directed at the pundits rather than at the young people in the room.

Progressive Canaries in a Political Mine

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

After more than 20 months of White House insistence that the only useful role for progressive canaries is to keep singing the president's tune, the electoral coal mine is filled with the political equivalent of carbon monoxide and methane.

The Road Ahead for Progressives: Back to Basics

Gara LaMarche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gara LaMarche

No other president took office with such a rich resource for governing -- supporters in its activist base -- before sapping it of much of its energy. We need to dramatically strengthen organizing efforts to build public will in the years ahead.

The Roots of the Enthusiasm Gap Go Back to 1992

Amy B. Dean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

Every time the Democrats are too timid to promote a policy solution that the party's base actually wants, they walk into a trap. We're now seeing with Obama what we saw with Clinton.

Countering the Enthusiasm Gap

David Coates | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Coates

Political battles require strong armies and clear leadership. Thus far, the Republicans seem to have grasped that fundamental truth but the Democrats have not.

SEIU Faces Reckoning on Eve of Kaiser Results

Randy Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randy Shaw

As the SEIU awaits the results of its Kaiser election contest with NUHW, the union faces a reckoning regardless of the outcome. SEIU confronts a "heads I lose, tails you win" scenario as Kaiser election results are announced on October 8.

The Road to a New Progressive Narrative, Part One: How the Left Alienated Millions of Americans

Mark Cassello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Cassello

Could it be that the unending stream of negative portrayals designed to marginalize and alienate Tea Party supporters has amplified the narrative that the country has been taken over by a "regime".

Senator Patty Murray and the Nation

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

We should be a nation of Patty Murrays: real, rational and tough. And while her opponent may have eight times the money, Patty has her tennis shoes and my admiration, for what that's worth.