Michael T. Hertz: Biden and Sanders both seem to have strong positions compared to the other candidates, but it’s hard to tell if Biden’s momentum will continue or where Sanders will go.
Frank Fear: Researchers, pundits, and the parties frame Independents through the lens of the two-party system. Too often, that framing relegates Independents to an affiliative political status as either “closet” Democrats or Republicans.
Berry Craig: The attack ad was from the pro-Edelen Kentuckians for a Better Future. The ad said Beshear defended “some of the worst of the worse” when he was an attorney in private practice.
Joan Brunwasser: Bernie Sanders is on another trip entirely. From him, instead of transactional behavior with elements of opportunism, we get long-term consistency with a core of idealism.
Steve Hochstadt: Against Trump and Republican politics, which also shows no sign of becoming less vindictive, the more we learn about most of the Democrats, the more there is to like.
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.
Ted Rall: You could watch 5 hours and read 50 pages of news every day and never learn where a top Dem stands on issues of war and peace, defense spending, assassination drones, Guantánamo, NSA surveillance of Americans, foreign adventurism or human rights.
Mary A. Fischer: Community activists from AD 51 led by members of East Area Progressive Democrats, said enough, and they challenged the results with the state party Compliance Review Commission.
Norman Solomon: The conformist political reporters are akin to inept topside oceanographers who stay away from the depths while scrutinizing the surface and speculating on future waves. Time and again, the sea changes that come from below take them by surprise.
ast Thursday, Joe Biden announced (finally) that he was running for President. Bernie Sanders, who by that time was the front runner in many polls, took this as an opportunity to ask his supporters to up their donations. Although the Sanders campaign hasn’t said formally if this push is successful, an analysis of Facebook responses […]
WJ Astore: the corporate-loving DNC wants to preserve the status quo, wants to feed the military-industrial complex, wants big funding from Wall Street, and therefore favors status quo candidates like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
Norman Solomon: Biden has a media image that exudes down-to-earth caring and advocacy for regular folks. But his actual record is a very different story.
Walter G. Moss: One reason for not jumping in yet to support a specific candidate is that it is still too early to tell who will have the best chance of defeating Trump and who will develop the best environmental policies.