My pragmatist friends make a number of arguments in their effort to dismiss the Sanders phenomenon.First, Sanders is too left-wing to get nominated, much less elected. In principle he is, but this isn't a normal year. There is mass economic frustration in the land; it is finally, belatedly, the main issue in a presidential campaign; and, it is up for grabs politically and ideologically. We can blame foreigners and government, or we can blame a badly tilted economic system. If a Republican populist is nominated, a Democratic populist might well do better than a Democratic moderate in energizing the electorate and winning over working class voters who might otherwise support a figure like Donald Trump. The polls show Sanders doing better than Clinton against the main Republican contenders. My pragmatist friends dismiss these on the grounds that the voters haven't really focused on Sanders' views yet, and the Republicans haven't yet opened up the heavy artillery.
Maybe if we stopped claiming that we were the greatest, most exceptional, most indispensable nation ever and that the U.S. military was the finest fighting force in the history of the world, both we and the world might be better off and modestly more peaceful.
Of course candidates have to deny that they listen to Wall Street, and flatter voters into thinking ordinary people's opinions about high finance and economic fairness really matter. But of course most candidates also suppose that ordinary people don't understand banking and that bankers do.
This debate was not so much about winners and also-rans as it was about the one clear loser: Marco Rubio. If Rubio had not shown so much promise earlier in the campaign, the loss would seem less momentous.
Like many simplistic and "sound bite" arguments of the modern era, and of Sanders in particular, the argument that Hillary Clinton supported the war George W. Bush prosecuted in Iraq is nonsense.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio looked like he was on the defensive for much of the night trying to protect the momentum he got with his third place finish in Iowa. Christie easily scored a TKO over the rattled Rubio and was the big winner among the debaters.
Each of the candidates in Saturday's presidential debate boldly asserted that if elected, he would rebuild the U.S. military and restore its flagging morale. These assertions, however, rest on the mistaken assumption that the armed forces have actually been weakened.
Shrum and Lowry hear two "sighs of relief" in Iowa -- from HRC, because two straight losses would've been awful, and from Lowry, because Iowa vindicated his gutsy National Review issue denouncing Trump. Also: There's now a sense that Clinton's rising in NH, while Rubio's robotry reveals someone more callow than charismatic.
The Democratic generational divide grew even more palpable last week when feminist Gloria Steinem accused young women of only voting for Bernie Sanders because they crave attention from young men, who also tend to lean towards Senator Sanders.
I agree with Republicans that one shouldn't feel ashamed for doing well financially. But that's where my agreement ends. I believe fervently that those such as myself who have done well should pay much more in taxes than we currently do.
With most of his signature environmental initiatives accomplished, and Congress unlikely to adopt any pro-active environmental laws he proposes, writing the first iteration of the must-pass federal budget is one of the last opportunities President Obama has to shape policy for our air, water, our lands and our climate. Here are ten priorities for a healthier, greener future we're looking for in the president's budget.
President Obama should immediately federalize the Michigan National Guard, just as President Kennedy did during the civil rights movement in the South when rejectionist governors refused to follow the law putting black citizens in considerable danger.
It is not a double standard to criticize Israel, and it is most certainly not anti-Semitic. In fact, the overreaction to criticism harms our political discourse, damages the effort to combat real anti-Semitism, and because it serves to enable destructive Israeli policies, it makes a just peace a near unattainable goal.
We found ourselves this week talking about two very different guys, both born in Canada, who skated to triumph thanks to their fans. Ted Cruz is no team player. He's out for no one but himself. And he has a history of switching teams until they fulfill his ambitions.
The stunning ascent of Bernie Sanders portends far more than a hard-fought Democratic primary. Its greater implication, whether Sanders wins or loses, is that America's crony capitalism will no longer go unchallenged.
Bryan Stevenson is unwavering in that vision and in lifting his voice of great moral clarity at the forefront of the struggle. Every new hard-earned and overdue victory should remind us all that we must keep moving towards greater justice for all.
Democrats are down to a head-to-head contest, which was on full display last night. Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders made their respective cases fairly well, and the jostling between them for position was notable.
Sure, hypocrisy is the coin of the realm in politics, and both sides play that game. But Republicans have taken the false indignation of double standards to a level rarely before seen in our political discourse.
Inquiring voters and Bernie Sanders now have an opportunity to make transparency an important matter of candidate accountability and believability. Otherwise, manipulative and deceptive rhetoric holds sway.