Why Do Political Elites All Hate Democracy?

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Heather Gautney: We need to start pressing for things that our politicians did NOT discuss at the conventions. Real solutions–like universal education, debt forgiveness, wealth redistribution, and participatory political structures—that would empower us to decide together what’s best. Not who’s best.

Romney’s Five Risky Campaign Bets

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Nia-Malika Henderson: Romney has bet that elevating Clinton would diminish Obama in voter’s minds. But then Clinton, who is America’s most popular politician, torched Romney and House Republicans, delivering big in Charlotte.

Widening Trust Gap

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Karen Finney: The number of issues and examples where Romney and Ryan can’t keep their stories straight, reverse or provide evolving responses that undermine their credibility continues to multiply.

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.

Romney-Ryan Extremism

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Karen Finney: While much of the Republican rhetoric last week in Tampa might have sounded good on the surface, the underlying verbal gymnastics and language-parsing serve to distract women from policies that would more broadly weaken our rights and the progress we’ve made towards equality.

Clinton Rolls Out The Old Magic

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Charley James: Yet again, and maybe for the last time on this size stage, Clinton demonstrated his remarkable knack for speaking in a way that lets everyone listening relate back to something in their own life. 



It’s Pageant Time, Girl!

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Kathleen Peine: I just find it ticklish in a nice way that the Honey Boo Boo contingent, those taken for granted by the Republicans to always be in their camp, would stray a bit.

4 Good Tips for Democrats This Week

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Dotty Lemieux: Invisible Paul Ryan can dodge and weave an invisible Todd Akin as he tells people his own plan for limiting abortion and protecting Medicare. Real senior citizens can pelt him with mock vouchers from the wings.

Felonius Ax in Tampa: Ryan’s Big Night

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Clifford “Felonius Ax” Tasner: Brokerage firms will soon be offering Not-A-Lot-of-Future Futures so investors can put money down on when particular geezers will succumb to the ailments that we don’t cover. So it’s really a win-win. Meaning we win and we win again!

Isaac: The Political Gods’ Gift to the GOP

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Nomiki Konst: Scrap the Lynyrd Skynyrd concert! Cancel the Michele Bachmann movie screening! Hurricane Isaac is billowing in, forcing the RNC to deconstruct, reevaluate and hone in on its core message: The Future.

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-Akin, Romney-Trump

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Brent Budowsky: The coming Republican convention might well dramatize to the nation the extremism and Obama-hate that is modern Republicanism and become an epic disaster for the GOP.

Crow and Humble Pie

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Berry Craig: Not until after the polls are closed on November 6 and the TV news networks declare my candidates the winner will I say, “when they lose.”

The L-Word: Libertarianism

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Robert Brent Toplin: Paul Ryan’s quick rise to his party’s second position in the presidential race symbolizes the growing prominence of this previously obscure philosophy and political movement. Overt libertarianism engages only a small minority of devotees in Washington these days, but stealth libertarianism has become a major force in the nation’s affairs.

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.

Mapping Paul Ryan

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Lawrence Rosenthal: Paul Ryan confirms the Tea Party’s role as both a power within the Republican Party and as the guarantor of Republican conservative orthodoxy.

The Obama Campaign’s Strategic Genius

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Randy Shaw: Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan was less about pleasing the Party’s base than about trying to shift the conversation away from the issues that Obama’s campaign team have made this election about.

Paul Ryan, Out of Step with His Generation

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Rev. Irene Monroe: Both Obama and Biden have now come out in support of marriage equality; in the last presidential election it would have been political suicide to support it. This November, it may be a risk not to.

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