A Rand Corporation study released today finds that claiming someone has, should or will send a message has reached near-epidemic levels.
Why couldn't the Democrats find a different opponent to challenge Walker in the recall election? As Albert Einstein once said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
Ignoring one of the biggest mouthpieces of the Conservative Movement because they happen to have the word "Rifle" in their name allows the NRA to turn the clock back on a host of important issues without accountability or challenge.
When it comes to campaigning and messaging -- as opposed to governing and solving real-life problems -- Republicans almost always surpass expectations. If Democrats "get it," they could use the same strategy to their great advantage.
We must use our creativity, our reason, and our very "99-percentness" to prevent our society from becoming a feudal one in which we all serve a few billionaire masters who use money to garner the support of people who will vote against their own interests.
The Wisconsin recall vote should be put in a larger context. What happened in Wisconsin started well before Scott Walker became governor and will continue as long as progressives let it continue.
Last week Wisconsin voters declared they would they rather be screwed by corporations and the rich than be screwed by labor unions.
The right wants you to believe the crisis now being faced in public finance is just due to the excessive pension benefits given to public employees. They forget the other part of the story.
The Wisconsin election shows that we will not have a government of, by and for the people as long as we have politicians who are bought and paid for by special interests.
Eliot Spitzer and ex-Rummy aide Torie Clarke debate whether the DOD will absorb another $600 billion cut (out of $7 trillion) over the decade. They weigh Walker's big win in Wisconsin and Ed Gillespie's gaffe acquitting Obama for W's job losses.
As owners of the air -- our public airwaves, to be precise -- there is plenty we can do to combat the corrosive effect of big money on our elections, by holding our partners in broadcasting, local TV and radio stations, accountable.
A lot of blue state liberals may not have noticed, or just shrugged off, the news that white births made up less than half of U.S. births as of July 2011. But you can be sure that news will not go unremarked among those determined to replace "welfare queen" with "public sector queen" in the national pantheon of invidious stereotypes. The "take back our country" theme is just getting under way in American politics. That's why voter registration vs. voter suppression is the most important practical political issue on the table -- in 2012, and beyond.
The Democratic Party will reassess its relationship with public service unions as public opinion regarding public service employees reaches a tipping point.
Cuomo has been the Democratic Party's leading convert to the no taxes-cut spending-beat up the unions theory of governance. He remains hugely popular in New York and is clearly interested in the presidential possibilities of 2016.
The disempowerment of the unions as a political force has been the goal of the wealth-driven right wing for years.
If any doubt was left about the power of big money in our politics, the Wisconsin election destroyed it.