By Joel K. Goldstein — Unlike many of their predecessors, this year’s vice-presidential candidates won’t be chosen primarily because they’re from a large state or to balance the ticket’s geography or philosophy. They’ll be chosen because they’re presidential.
by Tom Hall — As we approach the start of the Summer Olympics in Beijing, it might be interesting to consider some of the political gymnastics going on here at home. Of course, George Bush is heading up the Republican flip-flop team. But how to score his recent policy gymnastics is exposing wide differences, depending […]
The several political or at least politically tinged events we attended this week showed us that the momentum for change is running fever pitch here in Los Angeles. Clearly, chickens have come home to roost for the woeful Bush Administration and the failed right-wing policies supporting it. Democratic candidates up and down the slate stand […]
by Robert Illes — Have you noticed? He’s been wearing one. Barack Obama, I mean. He’s been wearing one of those American flag lapel pins.
Much ado (about nothing) has been made about Barack Obama becoming the first Presidential candidate to reject public financing of Presidential elections (and the $84.1 million spending limit that comes with it) since it started in 1976. Mainly that Obama reversed himself on his position as a supporter of campaign spending limits and a previously […]
Addressing a largely Latino audience in East Los Angeles yesterday, Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng shared stories about her childhood with her older brother, Barack Obama, and the effect he has had on her life. Held in El Sereno’s Hecho en Mexico restaurant, the event drew more than a hundred enthusiastic community activists, local elected officials, and […]
Is it preposterous or inconceivable that the Republican dirty tricks machine suppressed five to ten million votes in recent national elections? Nobody knows except maybe the Rove/Poindexter data system. When the corporatist media sometimes mentions Republican ‘dirty tricks,’ the inference is their machinations are benign and not to be regarded as a serious matter. The […]
Now we know Barack Obama is the heir. Al Gore has now stepped forward to give his endorsement. It was not, however, quite the triumphant return to the political stage that I had hoped to see from Al Gore. In the interest of full-disclosure, I’m an Obama supporter, but Al Gore had my heart first. […]
In the election of 1988 Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis felt that a grassroots, door-to-door campaign by thousands of volunteers was the way to win the election. After the Democratic convention he actually was leading in the polls. The Democratic Party political leaders knew this was not the way to win. What Dukakis had to […]
Last Tuesday, June 3, Illinois Senator Barack Obama won enough delegates in the last two presidential primary states (Montana and South Dakota) to declare himself the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee for president. From Wednesday through Friday, the nation’s mass media engaged in a round of speculation regarding the future of New York Senator Hillary Clinton’s […]
I thought the best thing John McCain did when he first became the “presumptive Republican nominee” for President was attaching himself to George W. Bush like some bizarre reversal of a Siamese twin separation operation. I mean how stupid is that? Bush is almost inarguably the worst President we have ever had. I say almost […]
Senator Jim Webb declined to stand in line to have his picture taken with President Bush. The chicken hearted occupant of the bully pulpit had been warned that he shouldn’t talk about Webb’s son, who just had a close brush with death serving in Iraq . W, the pugnacious, cocky bantam rooster, approached Webb and […]
Most of the country was captivated on Tuesday night, June 3, by the apparent nomination for the first time of someone other than a European-American man as a major party presidential candidate. Here in Los Angeles, however, we had a very consequential and quite captivating election of our own taking place on the very same […]