The Great Realignment

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Brent Budowsky: President Obama blew it, but he can still lead Democrats to a landslide victory in 2012 by understanding the sources of the third great realignment in more than a century, which should have been realized after his election in 2008.

Biden Smokes Ryan, Energizes Democrats

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Randy Shaw: Joe Biden gave the type of debate performance that, if given by Barack Obama last week, would have ended the race. Obama supporters can only hope that the President was carefully taking notes.

Bill, Not Big Bird, to the Rescue

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Brent Budowsky: Obama should tell his story, and offer his narrative, about why people’s lives have gotten better in the first Obama term, which they have, and will get even better in a second Obama term, which they will.

The Debate We Never Had

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Joe Palermo: It has become clear by now that the Republican candidate for president, Mitt Romney, views American society as an aggregate of atomized individuals each seeking to maximize personal gain

Why Romney Is Losing

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Brent Budowsky: Romney is losing because he now embodies an attitude of demeaning, derision and disrespect that poisons Republicans today in ways that Ronald Reagan, Jack Kemp and William F. Buckley would never have accepted.

Romney and the Drumbeats of War

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Steve Hochstadt: The Democrats offer a known quantity, the continuation of this cautious foreign policy of the previous four years. What Romney would do in office is much less certain.

Big Rich Romney Slated As Reality Show

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Charley James: The series will be co-produced by Mark Penn and James Carville, both senior advisors to Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign, who are said to still be angry that Barack Obama defeated her.

Who Is the Client State?

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Stanley Kutler: Will Netanyahu now force American Jews to choose between the stakes and interests of their own government, or his own political needs and ambitions? Who can doubt the outcome?

Should Progressives Stop Criticizing Obama?

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Randy Shawo: While Obama draws overwhelming support among African-Americans, Latinos, Asian-Americans, single women and organized labor, some progressives continue to attack him. But with Romney-Ryan posing a dire threat to progressive interests, this criticism should stop until after Election Day.

Romney and Ryan Set Big Date

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Rich Broderick: Romney explained the unexpected turn of events by saying, “I guess the right guy just never asked me before.” Ryan pumped his fist up and down while Romney squirmed visibly, a nervous but pleased expression on his face.

5 Things I Want from Charlotte

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Dick Price: I struggled to watch the Republican Convention, fast-forwarding through the recordings when the “snow” got too deep. As I watch the Democrats in Charlotte, I certainly hope I see enough to recover at least a part of my enthusiasm from four years ago.

Religion and Government

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Steve Hochstadt: Liberals in the Democratic Party argue that Biblical support for discrimination against gays or for the teaching of a creationist version of human origins should be irrelevant to government policy.

Boycotting Newsweek

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Brent Budowsky: Now Brown resorts to the old standby: Obamahate. What will she think of next week? Perhaps a beefcake shot of Paul Ryan while he attacks Medicare and a woman’s right to choose.

Ryan’s War on Women

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Brent Budowsky: There is a new wind behind the sails of Democrats. Sweeping Republican hostility to the interests of women could be decisive.

Julian Castro: First Latino President?

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Simple addition and a prime-time convention spot make a Castro presidency seem natural, but the larger equation is complex and does not bode well for the young San Antonio mayor.

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