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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

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

(1002) 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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It's Economic Inequality Stupid -- What to Do About the Biggest Crisis Facing America

(330) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 8:43 AM

In 1992, the Clinton for President campaign is said to have had a poster on the wall of its war room that read: It's the Economy Stupid. The object of the slogan was to keep the campaign on task.

Its goal was to make sure that every campaign message...

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Four Reasons Why Shutdown Battle Increases Odds of Passing Immigration Reform

(233) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 8:29 AM

Yesterday, President Obama renewed his own push for passage of comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship.

Portions of the pundit class continue to believe the immigration reform is barely hanging on life support. In fact, in the post-shutdown political environment, there are four major reasons to...

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Why Did the GOP Miscalculate So Badly in the Shutdown Battle?

(423) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 10:03 AM

After his disastrous loss in the government shutdown battle last night, Republican Speaker John Boehner said, "We fought the good fight. We just didn't win."

But the Republicans did not simply lose a tough fight that they knew was a long shot. Much of the Republican leadership fundamentally miscalculated...

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There Isn't 'Gridlock' in Congress - Only a Tea Party Terrorized Boehner -- #JustVote

(107) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 8:03 AM

Some Washington "wise men" and other pundits keep talking about the current shutdown and debt ceiling standoff, as if there are two intractable sides that are equally culpable for "gridlock."

Nothing could be further from the truth. The vast majority of the American people, and the majority of both...

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GOP Succeeds in Shutting Down Government -- Fails to Stop ObamaCare

(31) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 11:45 AM

Like the hero in a James Bond or Indiana Jones movie, Obamacare has faced new mortal threats at every turn. And like James Bond or Indiana Jones, each time it has emerged unscathed when the smoke of battle cleared.

After it was proposed five years ago, pundits and...

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Has the GOP Leadership Become Delusional?

(161) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 10:30 AM

You have to wonder if the GOP leadership has begun to lose touch with political reality.

They are laying out a series of demands that Democrats must meet in order to avoid a shutdown of the government -- or an economic disaster that would result if the government...

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GOP Desperate to Defund ObamaCare Now Because They Know Its Popularity Is About to Skyrocket

(858) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 6:56 AM

Why are the Tea Party Republicans so desperate to defund ObamaCare right now? Because they know that once it goes into effect its popularity will skyrocket.

They know that once it is fully implemented, it will be impossible to take away the many benefits of ObamaCare. It is one...

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Want to Cut Food Stamp Costs? Raise the Minimum Wage

(203) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 11:58 AM

This week the Tea Party House Republicans plan to bring a bill to the floor that would slash funding for food assistance to poor families. The program used to be known as "food stamps." Now it is called the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP).

The Republican bill would eliminate...

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Ultimate Reason to Support Resolution Authorizing Use of Military Force to Stop Chemical Weapons in Syria: It's Working

(295) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 8:22 AM

The ultimate reason to support the Congressional resolution to authorize the use of military force to stop chemical weapons use in Syria is clear: it's working.

Over a year ago, the U.S. proposed that Syria turn over its chemical weapons for destruction by the international community and join the...

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Why the Congressional Resolution on Chemical Weapons Is Completely Different From Iraq War Resolution

(127) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 10:12 AM

There has been a lot said in the last week comparing the Congressional resolution authorizing the use of force to punish Bashar al Assad's government for using chemical weapons to the resolution authorizing the Iraq War. Nothing could be further from the truth.

As an ardent opponent of the...

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A Progressive Perspective: Why Congress Should Approve the President's Request to Punish the Use of Chemical Weapons

(929) Comments | Posted September 2, 2013 | 10:39 AM

I began my work in politics and the Progressive Movement working for civil rights and the end of the Vietnam War in the 1960s. And I worked hard to end one of the greatest foreign policy outrages of my lifetime -- the War in Iraq.

I believe that U.S....

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Top Five Reasons why Immigration Reform Is Likely to Pass This Year

(124) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 7:02 AM

As lawmakers prepare to return to Washington after Labor Day, a few inside-the-Beltway pundits have blithely predicted that, "immigration reform is dead."

This, in the face of headlines that uniformly declare that the forces of reform - and Progressives of all sorts - have dominated the August town...

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