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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 | Home
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.

Why Do Liberal Attacks on the Tea Party Echo Attacks on Liberals?

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

"We want our country back," was criticized as a secretly coded response to the election of the first black president. Yet the same phrase was, as politicos may recall, a popular slogan among liberals after Bush's election.

Amanda Terkel

Thousands Rally At The Lincoln Memorial For Jobs, Justice And Education | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Scroll down for photos Tens of thousands of civil rights, labor, and other progressive activists gathered on the National Mall today for the One Na...

10-2-10 Rally Gives Progressives a Chance to Stand Up Straight

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Sometimes the day-to-day back and forth of politics can cause us to forget what's really at stake and the gulf between progressive and right-wing values -- the difference between our vision of society and of the other side.

The Lesser Evil in 2010

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

I'm done with the Democratic inferiority complex now. I'm sick of the whining and recriminations. Vote or revolt. Just don't sit there feeling like someone else should do it for you.

Obama Scapegoats His Own Voters

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Scapegoating the professional left might send the DC crowd into orgasmic seizures, but what does it do to win the country over? What does it do about unemployment?

White House Emotional Intelligence Rating: 0

Raphael Cushnir | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raphael Cushnir

Right now, the White House is failing miserably at emotional intelligence, and it's about to cost the election. Here's a wild idea: How about listening?

Three Fundamental Differences Between Progressives and Conservatives, Pt. 3

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

In the previous post in this series, I wrote: To progressives, it seems a given that of course we must do something to alleviate the suffering that th...

A Reality (and Sanity) Check for Progressives- Speech to Petaluma Progressive Festival

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Boaz

Transcript of my comments to the annual Progressive Festival in Petaluma, CA, September 26, 2010: First of all, thank you to the organizers of this e...

Time Out: A Reality Check for Progressives

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

It's not the party or the president; it's the Movement whose message progressives must organize to get either party to reflect. Or, in the words of Ossie Davis, it's not about "the Man, but the Plan".