On Cabinet Picks, Obama Savvier than Progressive Critics

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by Randy Shaw – As Barack Obama’s Cabinet fills with Clinton Administration veterans, some are raising concerns why no “movement progressive” has been selected. Hillary Clinton’s appointment as Secretary of State galvanized fears that Obama’s cabinet is unduly “centrist,” a concern amplified by the daily parade of predominately white male Clinton veterans in the “possible [...]

New Camelot Coming: Patience, Progressives

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We’ve celebrated for two-and-a-half weeks and what better way to remember Jack Kennedy on this solemn day than to watch President-elect Obama’s deliberate, studious, and principled leadership in action. The hard work began precisely at 11 p.m. on 04 November, healing our land and cleaning up our reputation in the world, after the Administration of [...]

Obama Transition (So Far) Not Friendly to Progressives

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by Natalie Davis – True progressive voters had a couple of actual progressive options in the November 4 election. They could have gone with Green hopeful Cynthia McKinney or Independent candidate Ralph Nader. We knew Barack Obama was no progressive messiah — his No on Prop 8 and anti-marriage-equality tap dance and flip-flops on FISA [...]

Chris Matthews Is Becoming the Left’s Bill O’Reilly

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by Charley James – As a progressive, one of the things that I appreciate about MSNBC’s evening line-up is that although its people have a liberal point of view, they stick to actual facts rather than slide down into the slimy half-truths and outright lies that Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, and the other on Fox’s [...]

Where Is California’s Barack Obama?

Fresh off a thrilling presidential campaign, California Democrats face a Governor’s race without a candidate that can rally a multi-racial, class-crossing grassroots base. The three most talked about candidates — Dianne Feinstein, Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom — neither offer a sharply new direction nor provide the transformational message that was at the heart of [...]

Media Criticism of Sarah Palin is Gender-Neutral, But GOP and Far Right Are Not

A friend of mine who is a Republican contends the rampant criticism of Sarah Palin in the media is largely based on the fact that she is a woman. My friend also blames the John McCain campaign for “mishandling” Palin and comes to her defense, stating that Palin is “ . . . a woman [...]

President and Vice President Elect

President and Vice President Elect, that’s what we’ll be calling these gentlemen in less than 20 days — That is, of course, if we all do our part. It is arguably more crucial to “Get Out The Vote” this campaign season than at any other time in recent American history. Although the Obama-Biden ticket is [...]

Can You Feel It?

David Sirota’s prescient new book, The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington is coming to life and we’re in it! It’s been a terrifying and illuminating few weeks living amidst the fury of millions of Americans from left, right and center. Many of us are accusing our elected [...]

Obama Proves the Pundits Wrong

After Barack Obama won the Iowa caucuses by a surprisingly large margin, the punditocracy was troubled. Pundits had virtually conceded the nomination to Hillary Clinton, and now went into high gear explaining the Illinois Senator’s deficiencies.

Just Smile and Wave Boys, Smile and Wave…

“Kill him” and “terrorist” were hollered by audiences this past weekend in stump speeches by Sarah Palin and John McCain. Just as when McCain was asked “how do we beat the bitch…” he smiled and waved like the mischievous penguins in the kids film Madagascar. Sorry, but threatening someone under United States Secret Service protection [...]

Barack Obama: As American as Apple Pie

Barack Obama is a formidable candidate for President. And he’s our candidate: a Democrat, a liberal, and a progressive; intelligent and mature with a Chicago-style political savvy.

30 Days To Go …

Alright, so it’s been an unpredictable election year. When the primaries began, Hillary Clinton was the heavy favorite and John McCain was all but dead in the water with Fred Thompson’s entry in the race being eagerly awaited by conservative and moderate Republicans alike. And something may yet happen – the oft-cited, much worried about, [...]

Is Palin the GOP Drag Queen?

Since McCain chose the Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, as his vice-presidential pick, there has been bantering and bickering from the distaff side of our American electorate. The catfight from female electorates of both political parties is whether or not Palin’s candidacy is good for women, and whether or not her abilities honorably represent the [...]

By Dissing Palin, Does Oprah Hurt Obama?

Rev. Irene Monroe – The media is abuzz with excitement about Republican Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska. McCain’s V.P. pick has stirred up excitement, especially for women in the G.O.P. But his pick has also stirred up anxiety as well as questions for many women across party lines.

Alaskans Speak (In A Frightened Whisper): Palin Is “Racist, Sexist, Vindictive, And Mean”

So Sambo beat the bitch This is how Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin described Barack Obama’s win over Hillary Clinton to political colleagues in a restaurant a few days after Obama locked up the Democratic Party presidential nomination. According to Lucille, the waitress serving her table at the time and who asked that her [...]

The Clintons Played Their Role at the Convention, But Have They Earned Back Their “Ghetto Passes”?

The Democratic National Convention put on a fantastic show last week. You did understand that it was a “show,” don’t you? Political parties put on conventions to show their spirit, to show their platforms and positions, to show their inclusion, to show off their future party leaders and to show that they can convince voters, [...]

Proposition HATE

For four days, Democrats reminded us what it is to dream of a better world. The old lion, Ted Kennedy anchored the week, reminding us that Democrats have long championed the dream of a better America that can and should be built by a nation blessed with advantages and resources which most nations can’t imagine. [...]

Cue Lloyd Bentsen

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Where is Lloyd Bentsen when we need him? The distinguished Texas Democratic Senator, who died two years ago, probably would be rolling over in his grave to see what’s happening now. More than actually rolling over, I imagine he’d be trying to find a way to tunnel himself out to settle another political-presumption score. Dan [...]

The Week We’ve All Been Waiting For: When Hillary Becomes a Full “Team Player”

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The Democratic National Convention was held this week, amid the hyperbole of the Joe Biden selection as a running mate and one in four Hillary supporters stating that they would not vote for Barack Obama because she was never considered. It is not a position that Black America is unfamiliar with. We experienced the same [...]

Is This the Day America Started Growing Up?

An awful lot of childish behavior has been on parade on the campaign trail this year. Well, yeah, pretty much every campaign season we see that, but this year has seemed even more juvenile than usual. Are we getting beyond that, at long last? Did we just take a big step? There’s one way in [...]

Folks, You’re Going to Have to Do Better

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Last week, you nailed Barack’s vice presidential pick — Joe Biden — when fully 41% got it right. But this week? Wow, not so much. Only five of the 150 of you who took the survey wrote in the right answer — Alaska’s Sarah Palin – and a couple of those votes came long after [...]

Sailing Around the Cape of Good Hope with Hillary – Finally

When last we saw Captain Clinton, she was traversing rough waters. Her crew was in full mutiny mode. Her first mate was on the bow, railing at the fickle seas and the cruel fates that had buffeted their ship of state for many a moon. The body politic languished in a discomposed mood, scrutinizing her [...]

Obama Owes Hillary Some “R-E-S-P-E-C-T”!

by Rev. Irene Monroe — The second night of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), Obama’s toughest rival for the presidential nominee, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered a knockout keynote address, bridging the chasm between her supporters and his.

What’s Next?

This week’s three-question LA Progressive survey asks these questions: Who will John “Three Dollar Bill” McCain pick for his Veep? Who will be the first woman president of the United States? Who will be the next governor of California? You can take the survey now, by clicking here. You can see the results as they [...]

Hillary Clinton Wore Gold and She Was Golden

All the blue and white “Unity” signs didn’t make nearly as vivid an impression as did the Lady in Gold on Night Number Two in Denver. Hillary Clinton Night at the Democratic Convention was actually the first night we’ve seen any real red meat served up in prime time. And no woman in there was [...]

Will “Feminists for Obama” Help Us at DNC?

by Rev. Irene Monroe — Michelle Obama won’t use the F-word. Alice Walker called it by another name. Her daughter, Rebecca Walker, an icon of the “Third Wave” of feminism, redefined the F-word and then denounced it. And when Hillary Clinton used the F-word, before she ran for president, she got clobbered with rumors stating [...]

Survey Results: You Nailed It!

In the first of our weekly three-question surveys, you nailed Barack Obama’s choice of Joe Biden as his running mate. Fully 41%–or 105 of the 256 of you who had responded by Saturday evening–picked the long-time Delaware senator, confirming what many in the mainstream media had been indicating as the week wore on. Hillary Clinton [...]

Media Desperately Searching for Black Clouds Over Obama

Something almost shocking occurred last week on Keith Olbermann’s Countdown show: MSNBC political expert Chuck Todd announced that the electoral math made a McCain victory extremely unlikely, if not near impossible. Such comments are rarely expressed in the media, which studiously avoids state-by-state poll numbers and spends much of its time probing for weaknesses in [...]

Vice President Clinton: A Humble Opinion

While I do not believe that presumed Democratic nominee Barack Obama really knows who his vice-presidential nominee will be, if ever there was a time to give an opinion on the matter, it is now. Who knows, someone may actually be listening. The choice for President of the United States is perhaps one of the [...]

Progressives Must Claim The Political Center

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by Davd A. Love, JD — What’s all this talk about politicians moving to the political center? Every four years, we hear about the need for presidential candidates to move to the center in order to appeal to the audience beyond their party’s base.

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