Elizabeth Warren, Populist and Democrats’ Thatcher, ‘If They Dare’

Elizabeth Warren's announcement speech. Elizabeth Warren, a populist and "conviction politician" among "flaccid centrist consensus" politicians, could be the Democrats' Margaret Thatcher, "if they dare," George Will writes. She has conservative roots. Born and raised in Oklahoma, she has lived in Texas, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, (briefly in) Michigan, and settled in Massachusetts. She's a Methodist,... Continue Reading →


Is Kansas (Finally) Trending Democratic?

Ever since journalist and historian Thomas Frank published What's the Matter with Kansas? How Republicans Won the Heart of America in 2004, Democrats have deplored what they believed was the trend of working class citizens voting against their self-interest. But that trend may be abating. Arch-conservative governor Sam Brownback, who sought to create a red-state model... Continue Reading →

George Washington, Other Founders Warned Against the Dangers of Hyper-Partisanship

This latest government shutdown, combined with the full extent of Donald Trump's Russia connections, should spark a revulsion against hyper-partisanship. George Washington, John Adams, other founders learned lessons from British history and warned against the dangers of hyper-partisanship. Hyper-partisanship can put America in the thrall of foreign powers, destroy the central government by stalemate and an... Continue Reading →

GOP Senators Face Quandary Over Trump

A major political drama of 2019-20 is whether Democrats do deals with Donald Trump and whether Republicans express any independence or push-back to Trump. Democrats could find common ground with Trump on immigration, infrastructure, Obamacare and taxes. Such deals may anger the Republican base. GOP Senators, particularly from swing states such as Maine, Colorado, Iowa,... Continue Reading →

Forget Left vs Right. Elections Are Now Choice Between Reform Agenda and Cynical Self-dealing, Corruption

Americans have historically chosen pragmatism over ideology, the political center over the far right or far left. After descending into cynicism about politics and politicians in 2016, they can now embrace policies to clean up the mess -- the corrosive influence of money in politics, encouraging candidates to rely on small donations, addressing the lack... Continue Reading →

Another Chance for Community Organizing in 2018 and 2020

Community organizer job opportunities are growing. Start-ups like Swing Left are seeking to create a national grassroots network of more than 300,000 volunteers to help take back the US House of Representatives by targeting the 78 most competitive races, enough to flip party control and change the country's political agenda. One of the biggest disappointments of... Continue Reading →

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