New York City Elects Progressive Mayor

By: Wednesday November 6, 2013 7:43 am

For the first time since 1989 a Democrat will be the mayor of New York City. Bill de Blasio ran and won on a campaign platform of ameliorating wealth inequality in NYC. His narrative of “A Tale of Two Cities” spoke to voters who handed de Blasio a landslide victory.


Yay, I Guess?

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 8:21 am

So yeah, the Democrats had a pretty good election on Tuesday: Electoral vote landslide for Obama, wins for progressives like Liz Warren, Tammy Baldwin, Sherrod Brown and Alan Grayson, and losses for misogynistic Tea Party buffoons like Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, Allen West and Joe Walsh. Better yet, as the minority and youth votes grow, it looks like these kinds of results could be the new normal.


Does It Really Matter if the Republicans Take Back the House?

By: Saturday August 28, 2010 6:00 pm

Something’s different about 2010. Try as I might, I’m having a hard time getting excited about the fall campaign. It’s not that the Democrats are now on the defensive, or that the Republicans have succumbed to the Tea Party lunacy, or even that all of the Congressional gains of 2006 and 2008 might be undone. What’s gotten me so indifferent is the growing realization that these miderms don’t really matter. And in retrospect, neither did 2006 nor 2008.

The Disease of Jaded Cynicism

By: Sunday August 8, 2010 5:22 pm

It has become fashionable on the Left to feign a world-weary cynicism. The “Audacity of Hope” is often considered a utopian conceit, and a New Fatalism has descended upon the Left. We must not be afraid of the inspiration that we got from the Audacity of Hope, even if our prophet seems to have feet of clay.

We Need a New Language of Politics

By: Friday March 26, 2010 9:29 am

A while back Jake McIntyre wrote an interesting post (for which he was widely pilloried) noting that the same people who supported this bill were those who supported the Iraq war. Not a coincidence. The health care bill is a neoliberal victory, just as the Iraq war represented a neoliberal triumph. As willyloman said in a Seminal diary yesterday, neoliberalism is now being rebranded as populism, with the President acting as chief salesman. But in emails like this, and Nancy Pelosi’s trumpeting of the bill’s Heritage Foundation roots, it’s clear that the Democrats know what they’ve done. They have no intention of reversing themselves now. And they are consciously punching the progressive hippies whose messaging and ideals brought them their majorities in the first place.

Why The President’s Inability to Lead Highlights the Value of FDL’s Reachout to “Strange Bedfellows”

By: Saturday December 26, 2009 4:00 pm

The times call for a leader of Churchillian or Rooseveltian magnitude; what we have instead is a cautious risk-averse manager. Bold progressives must fill the leadership vacuum in order to restore and support a vibrant US middle class.

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