The End of the Conservative Democrat

By: Friday September 19, 2014 6:40 pm

There was a time when the role of racial issues and weak national parties left the American political party system, frankly, a sloppy mess. There were liberal Republican senators and actually conservative Democratic members of Congress. Steadily we are watching the holdovers from that time disappear. American political parties are becoming like political parties in the rest of the world, which coalesce around ideological positions.


Take it with a grain of salt…and Americans love taking salt by the pound!

By: Tuesday September 16, 2014 1:30 am

2016 Election, Democrats, Republicans

Democrats’ Unapologetic Support for Israel Enables Daily War Crimes Against Palestinians

By: Thursday July 31, 2014 12:25 pm

Politicians from the Democratic Party in the United States have expressed fervent support for Israel’s assault on Gaza, even going so far as to sponsor multiple resolutions which demonstrate unwavering solidarity and appropriate more funds for weapons and the US-funded missile defense system known as Iron Dome. This support has worked to ensure that the political climate discourages condemnation for war crimes, which Israel now seems to be committing on a daily basis.

Many of the comments in this story could easily have come from the mouths of Republicans. There simply is no political opposition in Congress to the ongoing war in Gaza. In fact, many Democrats are cheering Israel to “finish the job” and “restore the quiet” by doing whatever it takes.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Michael Arria, Medium Blue: The Politics of MSNBC

By: Sunday July 27, 2014 1:59 pm

Using vignettes and case studies, Michael Arria’s book tells the story of many liberal’s favorite cable news network: MSNBC. Chronicling the likes of Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, Melissa Harris-Perry, a bit of Ed Schultz and Keith Olbermann, the book offers the very first critical examination, in book form, of the “Lean Forward” network.

As Arria notes, it is easy to mock and ridicule Fox News and the corporate conservative media. “For years now, Fox News has been beaming out images of people falling into orchestra pits, red meat for its rabid base, as well as liberals who love to hate on it.” Indeed, an entire “progressive movement” (related: a token of success in said movement is an appearance on MSNBC) echo chamber has been created around bashing media meant for consumption for conservatives.

Late Night: Surely Not to Live in Pain and Fear

By: Monday July 14, 2014 8:00 pm

Tragically, the truth keeps getting buried in an unmarked grave somewhere because the up-tight politicians, short-sighted profit-chasers, and narrow-minded hypocrites of the corporate media machine are all either directly involved in systemic fraud and serial abuses of power or are complicit in the ongoing cover-ups that have been concocted in order to keep covering up the cover-ups of all the earlier cover-ups.

Good News for Congressional Republicans in Generic Ballot

By: Monday May 5, 2014 7:52 am

In the generic Congressional ballot Republicans have a large lead according to a new Pew Research poll. If the election was held today 47 percent of voters would pick the Republican in their district while only 43 percent would choose the Democrat.

In Plain Sight: The Rise of Corporate Democrats in California

By: Tuesday April 15, 2014 7:17 pm

Marin County is one of California’s most liberal regions and, with its iconic redwoods and stunning coastline, it is also a power center for environmental activism. And so, when a bill to give the state Coastal Commission authority to levy fines against shoreline despoilers came for a vote in the state Assembly in 2013, it was taken for granted that Marin’s new Assemblyman, Marc Levine, would vote for passage. That didn’t happen.

Late Night: The Endless Loop

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 8:00 pm

It seems that Hillary Clinton has been making a bit of a buzz lately with a trip out west wherein she announced, by not announcing, her candidacy for the Presidency in 2016. Really? Is that the best we can do; be saddled for eight years with Mrs. Welfare Reform, Mrs. Wall Street and media deregulation, and Ms. Iraq War, all rolled into one?

Bravery beyond all bounds

By: Tuesday April 8, 2014 1:30 am

One thing that has been consistent about the Democratic Party since Reagan, if they can whatever they can do to placate the Republicans…only to turn around and tell their base, “well we could be worse?”

Democrats Retake Lead in Generic Ballot

By: Wednesday April 2, 2014 2:15 pm

The national poll found 40 percent would vote for a Democrat for Congress if the election was held today while 38 percent would vote for the Republican. This is a modest improvement since late January when Republicans had a lead of 38 percent to 37 percent.

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