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I Was on the Radio Today

I appeared on Brad Friedman’s BradCast today with Heather Digby Parton. We discussed the Saturday night Republican debate and the state of the race, generally. It was pretty fun to...

Quick Takes

An article in Politico titled: Clinton weighs staff shake-up after New Hampshire is creating a bit of a buzz. Call me skeptical when their sourcing is as follows: a...

How a Sanders Candidacy is Good for Clinton

Personally I never bought the argument for Bernie Sanders' candidacy that a lot of pundits made. Namely the one about how, win or lose, he has moved Hillary Clinton to...

Maybe FDR Knew What He Was Doing?

Orange County, California was ground zero for John Birchers and has always been an important base of support for the Republican Party. So, it’s not surprising to see that their...

It All Comes Down to Electability

If you’re trying to choose between two candidates to represent the Democratic Party as their presidential nominee, there are some filters you can use to help you decide. I’ll just...

Rubio Confirmed the Narrative

I'm not one of those people who thinks that a single event changes the trajectory of a campaign. For example, I don't think that Trump's second place finish in Iowa...

Money in Politics Isn't Just About Campaigns. It's Also About Governing

When we talk about the role of money in politics, the focus is usually on campaigns. That leads to an emphasis on superpacs that are the result of the Supreme...

Viewers Dislike You

Back in September 2014, we discussed the year-old grassroots campaign to have David Koch removed from the Board of Trustees of Boston’s PBS affiliate, WGBH, amidst concerns that Koch would...

My Old School

One of the most extraordinary stories of the year so far is the grassroots campaign by two students at the historic Boston Latin School to bring an end to a...

A Taxing Situation

Since late-December, we have been following the grassroots effort in Washington state to implement a revenue-neutral carbon tax to reduce emissions. This effort has run into a number of setbacks,...

The Waterboy

May I suggest the ideal Republican vice-presidential candidate for whichever wingnut secures the GOP nomination this year: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. Is there any doubt that America’s worst governor would...

Everybody Hates Chris

The late right-wing Boston talk radio host David Brudnoy had a nasty term--”incompetent competence”--that he would use to describe progressive African-American op-ed columnists who were, according to him, only in...

A Long Primary Could Be a Good Thing

Kevin Drum doesn’t think diminishing Bernie Sanders as an ineffectual “community advocate” rates high on the “Atwater scale” of nasty politics. I suppose that’s true. If Stabenow accused Sanders of...

Quick Takes

Given that campaign finance has become a central issue in the Democratic presidential primary, it is important to keep some history about Citizens United (both the lobbying firm and...

Democrats and Dog Whistles

Following the accomplishments of the Civil Rights movement, people of color have developed a keen sense of how racism went underground and is now often transmitted via dog whistles. It...

The Democratic Camps are Getting Nasty

Here is Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, a staunch supporter of Hillary Clinton who has campaigned for her extensively: "I think Bernie’s terrific as an advocate. There’s a difference between...

The Tide Has Turned Against Clinton

I'm trying to do my best to avoid spin and talking points when analyzing the battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and I'm aware that a lot depends on...

Democratic Debate: Knowing Many Things vs Knowing One Important Thing

Gage Skidmore/flickr Much of the conversation about the Democratic presidential primary between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton has focused on their different theories of change: idealist vs pragmatist. But recently...

Hillary Clinton's Firewall

The conventional wisdom has said that Bernie Sanders will win the primary in New Hampshire next week, but then face problems when the race goes to states with a more...

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