Brent Budowsky: There is a powerful national revolt, from the left and the right, against the crony insiderism of Washington-based politics and about whether the left or right will win the battle of ideas to define the future of populism.
Brent Budowsky: There is in this consultant industrial complex a Washington-based tier of operatives who move back and forth between working for Obama, profiting from anti-populist corporate business that would normally be associated with Republicans and most recently working for Clinton.
Brent Budowsky: Many “journalists” treat Trump’s repeated verbal abuses against women as the charming idiosyncrasies of a celebrity, while Megyn Kelly treated them, correctly, as an appropriate question to ask a man seeking the presidency.
Brent Budowsky: The Sanders presidential campaign, more than any other campaign in either party, has drawn large crowds and huge support from small donors.
Brent Budowsky: For more evidence that American politics is engaged in the summer of Sanders and not the summer of Trump, witness the fun and fascinating events that unfolded on Wednesday.
Brent Budowsky: If Trump tied the GOP in knots by prolonging the Republican nominating process, and prolonged the process of Republicans attacking Republicans, that would be a huge benefit for Hillary Clinton. Check that box.
Brent Budowsky: Sanders is a leader; Trump is a showman, which is why Sanders’s crowds are larger than Trump’s, Sanders’s polls are stronger than Trump’s, and Sanders will leave large footprints while Trump will leave a legacy as politically profound as “The Apprentice.”
Brent Budowsky: One Hillary is the most qualified candidate in memory, while the other Hillary gives no evidence of having a higher purpose other than being elected.
Brent Budowsky: The prospect of this new era of new thinking from a new populism of a new left, following the Gilded Age corruptions of the last financial crash and the revolving door corruptions of Washington, is driving the surprise surge for Sanders and posing the dramatic test for Clinton.
Brent Budowksy: Obama continues to periodically lapse into ridicule and derision of liberals and labor, as he did during the recent trade debate.
Brent Budowsky: It is not acceptable to fail to provide effective and sufficient ground troops. Nor is it acceptable to be dependent on Iranian-supported Shiite militia that wages sectarian conflict against Sunnis.
Brent Budowsky: Bush’s two-day implosion of confusion about his position on the Iraq War, which he may or may not get right on his third try, will do severe and lasting damage to his presidential prospects.
Brent Budowsky: American liberalism is at the peak of its power during presidential elections, and nothing better dramatizes the resurgent liberal answer to the conservative challenge than the words and teachings of Pope Francis, the most admired public figure in America and throughout the world.