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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

If You Think the GOP Is 'Refocusing' on the Wealth Gap, I've Got a Bridge to Sell You

(326) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 9:07 AM

The New York Times reported last week that in the closed-door Republican Senate Caucus retreat, Republican Leader Senator Mitch McConnell "encouraged the Republican troops to refocus policy on the stagnant middle class."

That would be like asking the wolves of the world to stop hunting and refocus...

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Much to the Surprise of Pundit Class, Nancy Pelosi's Influence Will Rise in 2015

(14) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 8:08 AM

Some in the pundit class are falling all over each other with predictions that House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi -- and the Progressive forces she leads -- have somehow been banished to irrelevancy by the outcome of the mid-term elections. Wrong.

In fact the actual political dynamics have moved...

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Contrasting Cruz and Warren-Pelosi Budget Battles: Why Democrats Have High Political Ground in 2016

(36) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 12:01 AM

Over the last week we have seen played out in the national political spotlight the fundamental reason why Democrats have the high political ground in 2016.

Senator Ted Cruz used every procedural move available to block Senate consideration of the "CRomnibus" appropriation bill that he demanded defund President Obama's...

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Stop Congress From Eliminating Dodd-Frank Provision That Prevents Bail Outs of Too-Big-To-Fail Banks

(30) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 8:27 AM

The audacity is breathtaking. It is just six years after their orgy of speculation in so called "credit default swaps" caused the collapse of the World economy and precipitated the Great Recession.

Undaunted, the big banks have told Republican leaders to include a provision in the "must pass" bill...

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Seven Reasons Why Obama's Executive Action on Immigration Is Great Policy and Great Politics

(72) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 8:14 AM

Ten years ago, following President George Bush's 2004 re-election victory, Progressives were back on their heels. Bush decided to press his advantage by launching a campaign to privatize Social Security, seeking to eliminate the crown jewel of the New Deal: guaranteed Social Security benefits.

Progressives rallied in an unprecedented...

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Five Reasons Why Nancy Pelosi Should Continue as House Democratic Leader

(89) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 2:21 PM

This week House Democrats will renew their fight to put the middle class first and strengthen America's working families. Here are five reasons why Nancy Pelosi has earned their votes to continue as Democratic Leader.

Reason #1. She has a clear understanding of the major challenges facing the...

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For Democrats to Win Future Mid-Terms: Five Priorities

(29) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 9:32 AM

In the last two presidential elections, Democrats won solid victories. In the last two mid-terms, Democrats lost.

To some it appears that there are two separate electorates in the United States -- one for the general election that closely resembles the makeup of the actual population, and one...

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GOP Faces Dramatically Tougher New Battle Ground in 2016

(89) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 8:06 AM

It was certainly a tough night for Democrats. But if the GOP believes it has a mandate for the Tea Party agenda, it is sadly mistaken. Most Americans strongly support a progressive middle-class-first agenda. And most important, with the mid-term elections behind us, the 2016 political battlefield completely transforms the...

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They Hope You Won't Wake Up

(6) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 8:01 AM

Here's the bottom line. The Tea Party Republicans and their Big Business and Wall Street allies plan to grab what they want while ordinary people sleep through this election.

They want ordinary Americans to stay home on Election Day.

To them, high voter turnout is like daylight to...

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Republicans Fear Paying a Price for Attacks on Interests of African Americans

(257) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 11:33 AM

North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis didn't have any problem jamming through a so-called "voter ID" law that was intended to take away the voting rights of thousands of North Carolinians -- including many African Americans.

But the moment Democrats or civil rights organizations exhort African Americans to...

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Election Season: Time for GOP Halloween Masquerade Ball

(43) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 9:04 AM

It's lucky for the Republicans that most general elections fall so close to Halloween. That gives them an excuse for their great bi-annual GOP Halloween Masquerade Ball.

This year the Republicans are doing their very best to prevent the voters from remembering who they really are and what they really...

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GOP Plan on Ebola: Cry Fire in a Crowded Theater

(50) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 12:02 PM

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 | 9:07 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 | 8:55 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 | 9:03 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

(1978) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 9:20 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 | 11:23 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 | 9:49 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 | 10:12 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 | 12:08 PM

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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