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Enough Already With "The American People"

Norman Lear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Lear

Our experiment in democracy depends, the founders told us at the beginning, on an informed citizenry. Fat chance, American people!

Obama's Challenge Is Obama's Opportunity

Ron Christie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ron Christie

Perhaps more than any other decision he made in his first two years, President Obama's choice to allow Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Reid to shape his main legislative priorities proved tragic.

Obama Poll Watch -- October 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama's approval rating ended the month on somewhat of an upswing, at 46.1 percent.Obama's approval rating stayed remarkably steady all month long.

A Note to the President

Jim Neal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Neal

There is a silver lining for the president. The heat's off. It's now the Republicans' economy to fix and it's the Republicans' responsibility to create jobs and stimulate economic growth.

Today the Future Begins

Matthew Frankel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Frankel

Today looks grim for Democrats. Maybe it looks particularly grim for young idealistic Democratic staffers and interns, but today the future begins. Historic perspective is a luxury I did not have in 1994.

Premature Celebration by Republicans?

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

Despite Tuesday's bleak results for Democrats, Barack Obama and the Democrats can both get a lot done to achieve their progressive agenda.

Voters Send a Muddled Message to Washington

John V. Santore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John V. Santore

The war in Afghanistan was barely a blip in this year's election. Poll after poll found that fewer than 10 percent of voters saw it as the most important issue facing the country, or the most important issue to them.

Obama's Choice: Compromise or Fight

Bob Samuels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Samuels

Let's hope that Obama becomes more like FDR and less like Bill Clinton. In other words, he should push through a progressive agenda that helps the majority of Americans.

Giving the Keys Back to the Folks Who Crashed the Car

Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson

The 2010 election was the political equivalent of the perfect crime: The GOP vigorously challenged all measures to fix the economy and was then rewarded for it at the polls by transferring the blame.

What the Pundits Missed

George Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Lakoff

The usual pundits, for all their verbiage, have missed a lot, especially since they have nobody from the cognitive and brain sciences discussing the election. Here's part of what's been missing from the discussion.

Youth Voter Turnout 20%: What Does That Mean?

Peter Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Levine

If you are a Democrat, you should not blame young people for this year's turnover. They did turn out at fairly typical rates and they supported Democratic candidates, on the whole.

10 Commandments to Revive Progressives After the November Defeat

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rabbi Michael Lerner

It wasn't the progressive agenda that got defeated, it was the corporate-military accommodation of the Democrats and Obama who couldn't address popular outrage, not only at the economic problem, but at the way we had been manipulated in 2008.

The 5 Women Who Mattered in the Midterms

Keli Goff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Keli Goff

If the 1992 election was "The Year of the Woman," then 2010 may well be dubbed the year of the Mama Grizzly. But a look at the nationwide results from the 2010 midterms show a much more complex picture.

Ready or Not, Here Comes Rick Perry

Rachel Farris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rachel Farris

For those in Texas who weren't getting paid to believe otherwise, Rick Perry's win isn't much of a surprise. Texans weren't ready, weren't even cattle-car close, to elect a Democrat as Governor.

Strategy Corner: Exit Polls Show the Voters Just Want Obama Back in the Center and on the Economy

Mark Penn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Penn

If President Obama wants to serve a second term, he will have to heed the call to recalibrate his administration. He was elected as a centrist. The people want him to be one.

Voters Want Jobs, Economic Recovery, and a Government That Will Work to Achieve it

Miles Rapoport | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Rapoport

Despite fiery campaign rhetoric, again and again Americans have spoken out in support for public investment in the structures at the core of our society and that lead to a sustainable and growing middle class.

Democrats Stung by Huge Losses With Faith Voters

Eric Sapp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Sapp

It's politics 101. If you don't spend time talking to a group of voters, engaging them, or showing them they matter, you tend to struggle with them on election day.

California Voters Say Hell No to Texas Oil and Proposition 23

Becky Bond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Becky Bond

The story of this election is not that Silicon Valley businessmen outspent the Texas oil men. It's that voters, educated and mobilized by the grassroots, fought back against an outrageous corporate power grab.

Americans Voted for Jobs and Economic Growth

Tom Donohue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Donohue

Today Americans sent a powerful message to Washington: Focus on job creation and economic growth.

A Centrist Democratic Agenda: More Jobs, Less Corruption

Paul Begala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Begala

The message from this election cycle is clear. President Obama and the Democrats need a centrist jobs program and a clear, centrist commitment to limiting the power of corporate special interests in government.

Dysfunctional Democracy: U.S. Senate Will Now Have Zero African Americans

Terry Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Smith

There is an ironic coincidence of timing in the rise of the tea party and the absence of any blacks in the U.S. Senate. One of the tea party movement's major proposals calls for the repeal of the 17th Amendment.

Why Obama Should Learn the Lesson of 1936, not 1996

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

For the next two years Republicans will try to paint Obama as a big-government liberal out of touch with America, who's responsible for the continuing bad economy. Obama won't be able to win this argument by moving to the center.

Election Results 2010: HuffPost Bloggers React (SLIDESHOW)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huffington Post

After a historic 2010 election night, the results are in. The Republicans took control of the House and made significant gains in the Senate. Here, you can read the latest analysis from HuffPost bloggers and vote for the opinions you like best.

Colorado Elections 2010: LIVE Updates On The State's Hottest Races

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

WATCH:   UPDATE (11:23): DENVER (AP) -- Sen. Michael Bennet narrowly defeated tea party Republican Ken Buck on Wednesday, allowing Democrats...

2010: The Year of Talking About Women and Elections

Karen Middleton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Middleton

While a few women have dominated the airwaves this election -- some in grizzly gear, others armed with charts and graphs -- most of us are wondering what we can do to exponentially change the number of women in office.