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Are We on the Democratic Side Going to Blow It Again?

Andy Schmookler | Posted 05.23.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

The failure of the Democrats to raise a unified voice with the right message eased the way for the GOP to come together behind its previously unthinkable candidate. Having failed to help widen the rift in the GOP and make them weaker, the Democrats will now have to face a more cohesive and therefore stronger opponent.

Voters Should Be Aware of Sexist Spin

Marcia Greenberg | Posted 01.26.2017 | Politics
Marcia Greenberg

As we voters seek to know and judge our options for November's elections, including many highly qualified women, we must be vigilant for the sexist spin. Only then will we be able to assess our alternatives wisely and cast our votes for the most qualified candidates.

Trump's Standard Conservative Playbook

Jon Soltz | Posted 07.20.2016 | Entertainment
Jon Soltz

To all those candidates losing their minds and expressing outrage at Donald Trump now - where were you then? Donald Trump's comments are sickening. But, so is the putrid selective outrage being displayed by his competitors in the primary.

Can Republicans Swiftboat the Iran Nuclear Deal?

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Robert Naiman

What Republicans are trying to do is make sure that the Iran deal, if it cannot be stopped, is a "one-off" -- that it doesn't lead to broader conclusions about what we can accomplish by pursuing diplomacy and preventing war.

Xcel Energy: Swiftboating for Solar

Brian Holton Henderson | Posted 10.01.2014 | Green
Brian Holton Henderson

Like many other corporations looking to make hay out of the environmental movement, Xcel has been greenwashing with gusto. The new image comes replete with chirpy narration, crisp graphics and opaque accolades.

Romney Caught Trying to Swiftboat Obama on the Auto Rescue

Jared Bernstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

What's particularly ridiculous about Romney's swiftboating is that he is criticizing Chrysler's global expansion. Since when do conservatives object to that? Is there anyone who believes for a nanosecond that expansion abroad by U.S. multinational's would be viewed critically by a Romney administration?

Gnawing Away at American Democracy

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics
Rizwan A. Rahmani

It wasn't too long ago when our democracy (one of the oldest in the world) was the envy of all other countries -- countries that were (and are still) ...

In Romney, GOP Has a John Kerry of Their Very Own

Brian Normoyle | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
Brian Normoyle

Republicans would have been wise, however, not to gloat over creating such a one-dimensional and easily re-castable character since it was only a matter of time before one of their own would perfectly fit the role. Enter Mitt Romney.

To Bain Or Not To Bain?

Steven Clifford | Posted 09.18.2012 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

The presidential election hinges on whether "bain" becomes a verb.

Follow the Leader: Since When Is Focusing on Your Opponent's Business Record 'Swift Boating?'

Dee Evans | Posted 09.16.2012 | Politics
Dee Evans

Why is it that when Republicans focused half of 2008 on what church President Obama attended it was called "going on offense" but when Democrats focus on Mitt Romney's "business experience," it's "negative campaigning" and he's being "swift boated"?

The Swissboating of Mitt Romney

Keith Boykin | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Keith Boykin

After all the Republicans have done to coarsen the political rhetoric, they have little or no credibility to complain about negative campaign attacks now. The Republican attack machine has come back to haunt itself.

The "Swiftboating" Of Mitt Romney

Wayne Anderson | Posted 09.14.2012 | Politics
Wayne Anderson

The term "swiftboating" is an expression that has become synonymous with deceptive and untrue political attacks that were originally used with devasta...

Divorce Before the Digital Deluge

Dave Astor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Dave Astor

I'm glad my first wife and I separated the year Al Gore got "Supreme Courted" rather than the year John Kerry got "swiftboated."

Only a Few Blocks Could Make a Big Difference for the Ground Zero Mosque

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

You'd think we might have figured this out a little sooner because once again we are ill prepared for the stealth swift boat attacks before an important election during the dog days of August.

Obama's John Kerry Mistake

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Taylor Marsh

John Kerry made a fatal error in ignoring the swiftboaters one hot August election year. President Barack Obama is making the same error; it may not lead to a catastrophe, but it's certainly making things interesting.

Swiftboating Sestak on Israel

Joel Rubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joel Rubin

A new right-wing attack group is threatening to swiftboat Sestak as "weak" on Israel because he supports active American diplomacy to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Swiftboating Financial Reform

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

Evidence of Republicans' tactic to mislead the public comes in the form of a shady anti-financial reform group called "Stop Too Big To Fail" which today announced a new TV advertising push in three key states.

Communications Act Redux: A Chance for the States to Unite!

Sue Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sue Wilson

In short, the 1996 Telecommunications Act has worn away the very fabric of America. It is time to restore discourse to the America the founding fathers envisioned.

Supreme Court Ruling Pins Big Business vs. Big Government in 2010 Elections

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

I think we are on very dangerous ground here. Who's to say major corporations will not attempt to "control thoughts" of the electorate by pumping huge amounts of money into campaigns and elections?

A Lump of Coal for Our Nation's Veterans From GE's John Krenicki

James Boyce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Boyce

For reasons I don't understand, time and time again, we see Americans who believe not in honoring the service of those that wear the uniform but who use it to take advantage of it.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Matt Osborne

We've seen this pattern before. A non-sourced, anonymous story enters the right-wing blogosphere and gets picked up by mainstream media, allowing the right to stovepipe their insanity.

Democrats Must Combat the Swiftboating of Martha Coakley

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

The Massachusetts special election for Ted Kennedy's seat is just over a week away, and Republicans are pulling out all the stops to win or at least come close. A Martha Coakley loss would be nothing short of devastating.

9/11 Eight Years After

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

It was not and is not inevitable that we demonize each other when, quite frankly -- we are not the problem -- the terrorists are.

Cleaning Some of the Fox Off of Van Jones

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

If the conservative movement were smart it would claim Van Jones as one if its own. But then, it's not smart. It's Glenn Beck.

Consumerist/Ctr for Media & Democracy Protect the US Against Front Groups

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Newmark

"Front groups," sometimes called "swiftboaters," are people paid by shady politicians or corporate executives to deceive citizens.