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Happy Thanksgiving, President Obama (And Some Second-Term Advice)

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Millions of Americans will start off their Thanksgiving statements with, "I am thankful Barack Obama will be our president for four more years. The biggest lesson we hope he learned from over the past four is to not start negotiating from a compromise position.

Big-Drama Obama

Brent Budowsky | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Obama is the John Barrymore of American politics. "No-drama Obama" is really "Big-drama Obama." Ronald Reagan was an actor who governed like a president. Barack Obama is a president who governs like an actor.

The Lion's Den That Was Netroots Nation

Sally Kohn | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

Should the "professional left" aggressively push the Obama administration to do more for working families? Hell yeah! Yet the tone of the questioning was infinitely more critical than friendly.

President Obama: It's Not Our Fault

Nida Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nida Khan

President Obama is angry, and rightfully so.

Sam Stein

The Professional Left, In The End, Didn't Take Its Ball And Go Home

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Shortly after the Arkansas Democratic primary, at the height of discontent between the labor community and the Obama White House, top officials with t...

Obama Restored Honor and Dignity to the White House. He's the Real Thing.

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bella DePaulo

Watching President Obama on Jon Stewart's Daily Show last night reminded me of why I think so highly of him. In no particular order, my incomplete lis...

Friday Talking Points [141] -- Rahm's Exit Contest Winner Announced

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I will begin today's column by drying a tear as we all wish Rahm Emanuel a fond farewell. Actually, I am lying. I am drying no tears for Rahm becaus...

Five Ways the Democrats Can Avoid a Catastrophe and Pull Off the Mother of All Upsets

Michael Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Moore

If you're of a mindset that believes a return to 2001-2008 would be sheer insanity, then you probably agree we've got no choice but to save the Democrats from themselves.

Obama Scapegoats His Own Voters

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Scapegoating the professional left might send the DC crowd into orgasmic seizures, but what does it do to win the country over? What does it do about unemployment?

White House Emotional Intelligence Rating: 0

Raphael Cushnir | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raphael Cushnir

Right now, the White House is failing miserably at emotional intelligence, and it's about to cost the election. Here's a wild idea: How about listening?

Obama (and Biden) Have No Clue About What's Bothering Their Political Base

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rabbi Michael Lerner

Many of us will vote Democratic in November, despite many disappointments. But don't expect us to be able to rally others when the best we can say is that the Democrats and their national leader are better than the plausible alternatives.

Why Does Barack Obama Love the Establishment So Much?

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Why did the guy who promised to change the whole system bring in the guys who are most wedded to the system? Why does Barack Obama love the establishment so much?

Jason Linkins

Obama Demeans His Own Supporters

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Obama, and some of his defenders, seem to think that all of the people who built a career criticizing Bush for abuse of executive powers should just give Obama a pass -- never mind that he ran on a platform of dismantling those powers.

The Blame Game

Adam Neiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Neiman

I don't blame the "professional left" or Robert Gibbs or Obama or even Rahm Emmanuel. I blame me. I was one of the last pragmatic progressives that swung from Hillary to Obama.

To Lefties: How Does Obama Disappoint?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While the major fallout from Gibbs' "the professional left" flap has died down a bit, a second round of examination seems to have begun -- one much more introspective and much less knee-jerk than the first round.

Professional Left = Amateur Hour

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Instead of incessantly whining about Gibbs' statement or what the president hasn't done for them, maybe the professional left should take this as a gauntlet being thrown down.

November and the Calculus of American Centrism

Dennis Santiago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis Santiago

The ensuing aimless frustration and fury in politics are the cards that excite the media as the pursuit of ratings turns everything into reality television. But where are the voices of the American center?

Robert Gibbs, the "Professional Left," and the Opportunity We Can't Miss

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

The White House and the "professional left," however that's defined, both have critical roles to play in that fight. Both roles can be difficult at times, and tension is inevitable, but we are all on the same team.

Where Was the "Professional Left" a Year Ago?

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

I don't share Robert Gibbs' outrage that the "professional left" is being too critical of President Obama. What I am outraged about is that the professional left wasn't more critical of Obama a year ago.

Friday Talking Points [134] -- Some Reality For Gibbs

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Happy Friday the Thirteenth, everyone. It's actually a fitting day for this column, which I'll explain in a bit. Because before we get to that, we si...

Progressives Deserve to Be Worried About the Obama Administration

Steven G. Brant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven G. Brant

The progressive house the Obama administration has built so far is like the home built of straw in the story of "The Three Little Pigs". It looks okay, but when the Big Bad Wolf comes along he has no trouble blowing it over.

On Gibbs v. the "Professional Left"

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

I returned yesterday from an overseas vacation to find Washington embroiled in furious controversy over Robert Gibbs's gibes at the "professional left...

It's Wall Street Corporate Liberals Who Are Undermining Democrats' Election Prospects

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Most of the "professional left" whom Gibbs attacked will be Democrats' best foot soldiers come election time in the fall. If Democrats face a big defeat, It will be because Washington Democrats are dominated by Wall Street liberals.

On the Rage of Gibbs

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has been slapped around silly by commentator after commentator, decrying his anti-Lefty rage. But as I read the battle, it seems to miss a pretty fundamental point.

Now Gibbs Is "All Wee-Weed Up" Over the Left

Linda R. Monk, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda R. Monk, J.D.

Almost exactly a year ago, President Obama uttered these memorable words: "There's something about August going into September where everybody in Washington gets all wee-weed up."