The Case for a Woman as Vice President, and then President

George Bush and Condi Rice

Although the office of vice president carries little inherent power, it positions its occupant to be the natural frontrunner to succeed a successful president. And because no political party plans for its presidential nominee to not be successful, almost every time a party holds a convention, it is in effect nominating not just one presidential [...]

Between the Lines

Langston Hughes

On This Day, In This Time I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes, But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong. Tomorrow, I’ll be at the table When company comes. Nobody’ll dare Say to me, “Eat in the kitchen,” Then. Besides, [...]

We’re Thrilled!

Michelle and Barack

Although Sharon flirted briefly with Clinton and Dick looked hard at Edwards, we came out early and strongly for Barack Obama, making our cases just before California’s January primary here and here. Through the spring, we worked a bit on the Obama campaign and continued our full support here on the LA Progressive. As we’re [...]

Good Job, Hillary

Donna Brazile

Anyone reading the L.A. Progressive knows I support Barack Obama. But I have to admit that as I sat watching and listening to Hillary Clinton announce that she was suspending her campaign this past Saturday, I felt a tinge sadness and a sense of loss. I didn’t expect to feel this. I was getting tired [...]

Elect the Barack Obama-Jim Webb Ticket

Jim Webb and Wife

Now that Barack Obama has emerged as the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, our attention turns quickly to which running mate would most help secure victory in November and who would stand that proverbial heartbeat away from the presidency. Earlier this week, Linda Milazzo proposed on these pages the provocative and engaging choice of Caroline Kennedy. [...]

Hillary Clinton The Lovely Parting Gift

Barack and Hillary

I woke up one morning feeling like I’d awakened in a different country. Sort of. Barack Obama’s passing the numerical finish line was still not quite the end of the Democratic primary season. “She” had yet to concede. It should have been All-Obama-All-the-Time, but it wasn’t. Very well, then. He’s handled this turn of events [...]

Hillary Open to VP Spot

Obama Clinton 08

My wife and I have supported Sen. Obama for president since before Super Tuesday. However, as we have said, we believe that Sen. Clinton would also make an effective and honorable chief executive, commander-in- chief, and head of state. And those judgments were blind to color and gender. The fact that our party has now [...]

Psychological Warfare On The Notion of a Black President; Playing On Black Fear and White Lunacy

Give Us Hillary or Give Him Death

The notion of the first black President in the history of the United States has become very real over the past couple weeks. So much so that we are now beginning to see both Barack Obama’s opposition (in both parties) and the media engage in a very vicious and mean-spirited wordsmithing that seeks to subtly [...]

So Let’s Talk About Assassination, Shall We?

Energizer Bunny Hillary

Yes. I heard it. But Hillary Clinton’s only one of the most recent public figures to bring up that dirty little unmentionable in American political history. She inferred, more than once, that she, in effect, might as well stay in because – well – something could happen (presumably to her Democratic competitor, Barack Obama), maybe [...]

The Gothic Politics of Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton at Obama Inauguration Cartoon

Hillary Clinton famously found her voice in New Hampshire, but it took the senator until West Virginia to relocate her inner child. Yes, she’s once again embraced the Goldwater Girl of her youth. Once upon a time while she was still the front-runner, Hillary chastised Barack Obama for his naïve pledge to take unilateral action [...]

Re-create 1968: The Obama Wave & Leftists

1968 Vietnam Protesters

Presidential elections don’t create change. Grassroots social movements, putting pressure on politicians, does. However, who’s in the Oval Office creates the context we have to work within. If anyone doubts that, Bush-Cheney should be hard evidence. For the first time in 40 years, there’s a huge wave of “mainstream” progressive energy—much of it fueled by [...]

Raging Moderate

Durstmug

I’m not saying Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s historic presidential run is toast. Finished. Down the drain. Caput. Washed up. History. A memory. In the archives. Defunct. Extinct. Artifacto. Took a hike. Sleeping with the fishes. Part of the vast past tense. Joined the choir invisible. Totally obliterated. Entering Sidekick City. Sheer finito. Thoroughly through. Down [...]

See How You All Would Bring the Primary to a Conclusion

On April 27, Dick and I conducted two separate surveys, both concerning your opinion of how the Democratic Party should bring this primary race to a conclusion. You might be asking why we ran two surveys. To be perfectly honest, the reason we ran two is because we couldn’t agree on the framing of the [...]

Hillary Clinton A Warrior For Another Time

Hillary Clinton

Ever since this campaign downshifted into high gear, I’ve been wishing it was like some sort of Time Traveler’s Checkerboard. If we could plug some dynamics of this year into 2000, or 2004, imagine how much less glum we’d all be now, as Americans, and how much less grim our circumstances would be. I’ve watched [...]

The Obama Campaign Maybe We Can!

Henry Vandermeir

The 150 Democratic Party activists who gathered for the 56th Annual California Democratic Council convention this past weekend in Fresno certainly had sky-high hopes about their party’s chances in the November elections—but they had their fingers crossed behind their backs, as well. The woeful George W. Bush Administration—certainly the worst in living memory with its [...]

An Obama-Clinton Ticket: A Shotgun Marriage?

Gottam Dutta

Obama-Clinton ’08? For the sake of party unity, the Democratic contest may well be headed that way. To be sure, Sen. Clinton first floated this idea in March. Although Sen. Obama had already taken the lead in delegates, she had the audacity to offer him the VP slot. Obama declined. Two months later, Obama still [...]

“Body of War” Premieres in Los Angeles with PDA Benefit

Marcy Winograd and Ron Kovic

One hundred and ten Progressive Democrats of America members and their guests filled the center section of the Nuart Theater in Los Angeles for the premiere of Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro’s new film, “Body of War.” It was a sold-out house and a very special evening for everyone lucky enough to have gotten their [...]

Should Hillary Stay in the Race?

Tortoise and Hare

I’m an avid runner. With the weather now in the 70s here, I’ve been running around town with my pink Hillary ’08 hat and an “I [heart] Hillary” T-shirt the past few weeks. People honk their horns as they drive by and occasionally yell, “Go Hillary!” I guess I’m a running billboard of sorts. My [...]

Thank God for Howard Dean

McCain Angry Cartoon

After watching Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama slug it out and beat each other up, there is one name that shines for me and still gives me hope. It’s neither of the above. It’s Howard Dean. The Pennsylvania primary results make me nervous. I’m in the midst of weighing staying strong for one candidate versus [...]

If You’re Not Angry and Bitter, You’re Not Paying Attention

A one-sentence comment posted in the blogosphere really nails it. As the political hissy-fit over Barack Obama’s “bitter” remarks continues to heave itself on the floor like some three-year-old tantrum-thrower in the canned soup aisle at the grocery store, a blogger calling herself Lugnut spells it out: “If you’re not angry and bitter, you’re not [...]

Obama Support Grows among Progressives

Graph Image

A funny thing happened on our way to discussing possible Democratic vice- presidential candidates. The presidential nomination race intruded, bringing news that our progressive audience has moved firmly and dramatically behind one candidate — Barack Obama. Click here to see bar charts.

Obama! Obama! Hillary! Hillary!

Marcy Winograd

Was it a split CA Dem Party convention last weekend in San Jose? Shades of what’s to come at the Dem Party convention in August? Actually, the Obama fans far outnumbered the Hillary cadre on Sunday, when both camps waved placards in front of the convention center, awaiting the arrival of Obama surrogate San Fran [...]

My Own Private Hillary

Barack Obama looks on as Hillary Clinton is about to speak

This campaign has me feeling as though I’m totally schitzo. I’m a two-headed monster. No – double that. It’s not merely Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama sitting on my shoulders, battling each other for my head, my heart, and my vote. There’s also a second war raging within my own head and heart.

Getting Young Latinos to Vote

Young Latinos Vote

As the Democratic Party’s presidential primary season moves into the homestretch with Senators Clinton and Obama vying to match each other stride for stride, two voter groups — Latinos and the young — are playing increasingly central roles. The Latino vote in California broke heavily for Hillary Clinton, helping her win resounding victories there, while [...]

As the Black Vote Goes

Tavis Smiley

he presidential primaries for both parties could be all over but the shouting come February 5th. By then, voters in 32 states—including big hitters like New York, Florida, Michigan, and our own California—will have selected their party’s nominee. With roughly 6% of California’s voting population, Black voters could have a decisive voice here in California [...]

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