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Robert Creamer
Robert Creamer has been a political organizer and strategist for four decades. He and his firm, Democracy Partners, work with many of the country’s most significant issue campaigns. He was one of the major architects and organizers of the successful campaign to defeat the privatization of Social Security. He has been a consultant to the campaigns to end the war in Iraq, pass universal health care, pass Wall Street reform, change America’s budget priorities and enact comprehensive immigration reform. He has also worked on hundreds of electoral campaigns at the local, state and national level. Creamer is married to Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky from Illinois. Arianna Huffington calls his book, Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win, a master’s class in electoral politics.

Entries by Robert Creamer

GOP Plan on Ebola: Cry Fire in a Crowded Theater

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 11:02 AM

Here's the bottom line: If your idea of leadership is a guy who cries fire in a crowded theater, then vote for the Republican candidate nearest you (or at least most of them) in the November election -- and help make Mitch McConnell Senate Majority Leader.

There is an...

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Republican Right Embraces Its Long, Hypocritical Tradition of Pandering to Fear

(33) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 8:07 AM

They're back. Like the fourth sequel to a bad horror movie, the Republican Right has once again chosen to embrace its long ignoble, hypocritical tradition of pandering to -- and stoking -- fear.

As the election nears, their ads are filled with images of ISIL terrorists, Ebola viruses, Secret...

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Bush/Cheney Created Conditions That Led Directly to ISIL

(1564) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 7:55 AM

It takes a lot of gall for people like Dick Cheney to utter even one critical word about President Obama's strategy to eliminate the threat of ISIL in the Middle East.

In fact, it was the unnecessary Bush/Cheney Iraq War that created the conditions that led directly to the rise...

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Progressives Should Stand with the President to Oppose Genocide

(56) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 8:03 AM

One of the reasons I supported Barack Obama for President in 2008 was his pledge to end the war in Iraq. I have been a vocal opponent of that war since George W. Bush proposed the invasion in 2002.

I strongly believe that the actions President Obama announced in...

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Out of Touch GOP Rapidly Seals Fate With Majority of Ordinary Americans

(1980) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 8:20 AM

The Republican Leadership may be doing just fine with the Wall Street crowd and extremists who oppose birth control, but for the majority of ordinary Americans its actions over the last several weeks have rapidly begun to seal its fate as a minority party.

First, let's start with the...

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Walgreens May Face Consumer, Political Backlash if It Elects to Become a 'Corporate Deserter'

(70) Comments | Posted July 27, 2014 | 10:23 PM

Within the next several weeks Illinois-based Walgreens drug store chain is set to decide if it will become what President Obama referred to last week as a "corporate deserter" by - in essence - tearing up its U.S. Citizenship in order to cut its corporate taxes.

Walgreens recently...

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United Airlines' Outsourcing Jobs to Company That Pays Near-Poverty Wages Is Shameful

(93) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 8:49 AM

On October 1, United Airlines is planning to outsource 630 gate agent jobs at 12 airports to companies that pay near-poverty level wages. The airports affected include Salt Lake City; Charlotte, North Carolina; Pensacola, Florida; Detroit and Des Moines, Iowa.

As a result hundreds of employees who formerly...

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Why Collective Bargaining Is a Fundamental Human Right

(134) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 9:12 AM

The ability for ordinary working people to organize and collectively bargain over their wages and working conditions is a fundamental human right. It is a right just as critical to a democratic society as the right to free speech and the right to vote.

Over the...

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Only Two Words for Neo-Con Critics of Obama Iraq Policy: Brazen Chutzpah

(76) Comments | Posted June 14, 2014 | 11:08 AM

It takes completely brazen chutzpah for Neo-Con Republicans like John McCain to criticize President Obama's policies in Iraq -- especially as Iraq once again falls into sectarian civil war.

These are precisely the people who kicked open the sectarian hornets' nest in 2003 when they invaded Iraq and unleashed...

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Why Cantor Defeat Means GOP Should Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform Now

(116) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 9:34 AM

It isn't often that I give advice that I think is good for the Republican Party. But there is little question that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary defeat should serve as a warning to the GOP. If they don't pass comprehensive immigration reform soon, there is more trouble ahead...

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The Despicable Republican Attack on an American Prisoner of War

(456) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 2:16 PM

It is hard to fathom. Major elements of the once-proud Republican Party have stooped so low that they are systematically attacking an American prisoner of war because they believe it discredits their political adversaries.

Only one word serves to properly describe such behavior: despicable. And the mainstream media...

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Three Reasons Why Reviving 'Benghazi' Is Stupid -- For the GOP

(412) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 11:11 PM

House Speaker John Boehner has made what appears to be the remarkably stupid decision to set up a "select" committee of the House to once again "investigate" the 2012 Benghazi incident in which U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stephens was killed.

He apparently believes that another "investigation" of this tragedy...

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Can Democrats Win in November?

(103) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 7:24 AM

Much has been written about the difficult road faced by Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections. But virtually all of it presumes that turnout among reliable Democratic voters will decline 3 to 5 percent more from 2012 levels than turnout among reliable Republican voters.

There is no question that...

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Why the GOP Will Lose Its Bet Against Obamacare

(191) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 7:24 AM

From all indications the GOP has gambled all the marbles on the proposition that Obamacare will sink Democratic candidates this fall. But the odds are good, they have made a losing bet.

In fact, it's looking more and more like Obamacare may even be a net positive for...

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Jamie Dimon's Big Pay Raise -- and the Minimum Wage

(142) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 8:24 AM

Last week JPMorgan Chase's Board approved a 74 percent pay raise for its CEO, Jamie Dimon, for 2013, a year when JPMorgan barely escaped a criminal penalty and paid $20 billion in fines and penalties for wrongdoing -- much of it on his watch.

Sometimes we get numb to...

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Four Reasons Why 'Bridgegate' Could Be Politically Fatal to Christie's Presidential Ambitions

(86) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 9:38 AM

Yesterday's revelation of the Governor's Office was directly involved shutting down George Washington Bridge access lanes to Fort Lee, N.J., is not just another run-of-the-mill political problem for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

It could be fatal to Christie's presidential ambitions. There are four reasons to believe that...

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Fourteen 2014 New Year's Resolutions for Progressives -- and One for Every Year

(233) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 7:59 AM

2014 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for the Progressive Movement in the United States.

The Right Wing did everything they could dream up to block progressive change in 2013.

The coming year will determine whether progressives allow the obstructionist tactics of extremists and their billionaire allies...

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On December 28th Unemployment Benefits End for 1.3 Million Families -- Merry Christmas from the GOP

(318) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 9:34 AM

Three days after Christmas, unemployment benefits end for 1.3 million people who have exhausted their state unemployment benefits, but still can't find a job.

To be eligible for unemployment benefits, you have to be actively looking for a job. Virtually all of these people would rather work, but...

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Don't Let Hardliners Undermine Iran Nuclear Negotiations -- and Drag America Into Another Mid-East War

(66) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 8:02 AM

Tough talk is coming from some Members of Congress who oppose the new international agreement to limit the Iran nuclear program and want to plow ahead with additional sanctions, even though that vote could jeopardize the agreement and lead America into another Mid-East War.

The deal was negotiated...

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Progressives Must Stand Up Against the Right Wing War on Public Employees

(1001) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 6:31 AM

For many years the American Right -- and many of the most powerful elements of corporate and Wall Street elite -- have conducted a war on public employees.

Their campaign has taken many forms. They have tried to slash the number of public sector jobs, cut the pay...

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