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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.