Jim Hightower: The beauty of our country’s present system of government is that anyone is perfectly free to buy a member of Congress. And isn’t that what democracy is all about?
Brent Budowsky: Pardon me, but the only rational person in this political trio is Elizabeth Warren, who not only outlines a clear and cogent progressive agenda for Democrats and America but is also campaigning around the country to elect other Democrats in the midterm election — something Hillary Clinton has not been doing all year, being preoccupied with other matters.
Carla Marinucci: She finished first in the primary, she’s mayor of a major city, she’s a moderate, she’s an attractive, media-savvy candidate, blah, blah, blah, but compare it with the actual metrics and history of the race for Controller going back 40 years. I hate to burst anyone’s bubble, but this ain’t happenin’ for Swearengin.
Ellen Brown: Primary elections originated in the American progressive movement and were intended to take the power of candidate nomination away from party leaders and deliver it to the people. California’s Top Two Primary takes power away from third parties representing the 99% and delivers it to the 1%.