The Sanders Challenge

By: Friday May 1, 2015 6:15 pm

By Robert Borosage Tweeting that “America needs a political revolution,” Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders threw himself Thursday into the race for the Democratic nomination for the presidency. Sanders is in many ways the mirror image of Hillary Clinton, the favored candidate in the race. She has universal name recognition, unlimited funds, and a campaign operation [...]

 

Wall Street Firms Threatens Democratic Party After Call To Break Them Up

By: Friday March 27, 2015 11:00 am

#WallSt banks trying to intimidate elected officials. The public knows how dangerous they are: http://t.co/eUAPZnUgIG pic.twitter.com/AYcA5stIrb — Better Markets (@Bettermarkets) March 27, 2015 The Too Big To Fail banks are none too pleased with Senator Elizabeth Warren’s call to break them up so they no longer pose a systemic risk to the financial system and [...]

Blind Partisanship: Why US Peace Movement is So Small

By: Tuesday February 3, 2015 5:00 pm

Why did the peace movement grow large around 2003-2006 and shrink around 2008-2010? Military spending, troop levels abroad, and number of wars engaged in can explain the growth but not the shrinkage. Those factors hardly changed between the high point and the low point of peace activism.

Democrat’s Demographic Fatalism Facing Critiques

By: Monday November 17, 2014 12:42 pm

Is there really an emerging electoral majority for the Democratic Party? Given the results of the last election this question seems silly to even ask, but the belief that the demographic changes occurring in America predestine the Democratic Party to dominate future elections has become the consolation for ever defeat the Democrats have faced.

Democrats’ Brand Sinks to Record Low

By: Thursday November 13, 2014 11:34 am

The American public’s opinion of Obama is historically bad. According to Gallup, only 36 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the Democratic party, the lowest it has ever been in Gallup’s surveys and the first time in three years that the Republican party has scored higher on favorability.

A 2014 Midterm Election Post-Mortem: The Democratic Party Will Not Solve Our Problems

By: Wednesday November 5, 2014 5:20 pm

The Democratic Party was totally demolished in the midterm election last night. Where I live, in Illinois, a pension fund raider and Job Creator of the 1% named Bruce Rauner defeated Democratic Governor Pat Quinn. But, in the morning, when I woke up I was largely dispassionate about the outcome of the election.

Thompson Knew in ’72

By: Thursday April 17, 2014 3:40 pm

I won’t go so far as to suggest that if Hunter S. Thompson’s incisive reporting and analysis of Nixon v. McGovern were more widely known it might have stopped American politics’ long slide into the cesspool, for even back then, the slime was oozing freely.

What Campaign Trail can do, however — whether at this seemingly late moment or a hundred years hence — is snap any reader into total clarity about what happened to America, and our only way out of the muck.

Third Way’s Attack On Elizabeth Warren Prompted By Calls For Expanding Social Security

By: Monday December 9, 2013 6:59 am

Why did Third Way launch an attack on Senator Elizabeth Warren? According to one of the op-ed writers it was Warren’s support for a plan to expand Social Security that was the “final moment.” Clearly an unforgivable offense against the bondholders that Third Way represents who want general austerity and cuts to Social Security to [...]

A Political Parable On Serving Sheep and Goats in Restaurants

By: Saturday October 26, 2013 9:00 am

Two restaurants with excellent service. Two parties that enjoyed their meals. Two very different tips. Two very different reasons, which illustrate well the differences between the Democratic and the Republican parties.

Sheep and Goats, people.

Wall Street Lobbyist Wrote House Democrats’ Letter to Weaken Investor Protections

By: Thursday August 15, 2013 9:45 am

Despite the incredible suffering the 2008 financial crisis caused on the traditional constituents of the Democratic Party it seems Wall Street still calls the shots. A letter sent to federal regulators from so-called progressive Democrats calling for weaker investor protections for retirement accounts was actually written by a Wall Street lobbyist.

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