Norman Solomon: Refusals to examine the patterns of the past render many party leaders unable to recognize or acknowledge what a disaster a Biden campaign against Trump would so likely be.
Norman Solomon: Activists may flatter themselves into believing that they have the most influence by seeking warm personal relationships with a Democratic lawmaker. But a credible primary campaign is likely to change an elected official’s behavior far more quickly and extensively.
or plutocrats, this summer has gotten a bit scary. Two feared candidates are rising. Trusted candidates are underperforming. The 2020 presidential election could turn out to be a real-life horror movie: A Nightmare on Wall Street. “Wall Street executives who want Trump out,” Politico reported in January, “list a consistent roster of appealing nominees that includes former […]
Norman Solomon: The fact that cable news pundits, anchors, and reporters rushed to vehemently defend corporate media against Sanders’ comments is illustrative of the dynamic. It makes you wonder where career self-interest ends and sincere delusion begins.
Norman Solomon: Her solicitous skills at cultivating wealthy patrons are matched with her rather contemptuous attitude toward progressives who don’t fit into the equations that compute for her on Capitol Hill.
Norman Solomon: As a practical matter, in the routine lexicon of U.S. mass media, “moderate” actually means pro-corporate and reliably unwilling to disrupt the dominant power structures.
Norman Solomon: Being preferable to Joe Biden is a low bar, and Kamala Harris clears it. But, like Biden, she stands to lose potential support from many self-described liberals and progressives to the extent they learn more about her actual record.
Norman Solomon: After the leading blue chip closed sharply lower at the end of last week, even declaring “my time is up,” many top investors felt overexposed and looked for shelter.
Norman Solomon: Biden shuttles between the billionaire class and the working class—funded by the rich while justifying the rich to everyone else. His aspirations are bound up in notions of himself as comforter-in-chief.
Norman Solomon: An extended apology tour would be entirely appropriate. Pretending that you don’t have much to apologize for is not viable.
Norman Solomon: Even some of the pro-Biden delegates said they were miffed that he wasn’t showing up—in contrast to the 14 presidential candidates who accepted invitations to address the convention.
Norman Solomon: Biden is eager to deflect any prospective attention from his own history of trafficking in white malice and racial division.
Norman Solomon: After several decades of cutting corporate-friendly deals with GOP legislators—often betraying the interests of core Democratic constituencies in the process —Biden has a big psychological and political stake in denying that the entire GOP agenda is repugnant.