John Peeler: While the Republicans’ hot gases under pressure are producing an ever-stronger right-wing essence, the Democrats are busy slicing and dicing diverse electoral delectables, hoping to combine them into a savory, long-lasting stew that will feed them for years to come.
Michael Hertz: If he is nominated by the Republican Party and elected, it’s almost a certainty that our “originalist” Supreme Court will find a way to render him eligible to be President, even though any honest assessment of the situation would say to the contrary.
Caroline Heldman: Nikki Haley might even help distract voters from the overt sexism now displayed in the Republican presidential nomination race.
Brent Budowsky: Sanders is the Rembrandt of progressivism, painting a portrait of a progressive reformation in vivid and dramatic colors, while Clinton paints by the numbers.
Walter Moss: The challenge for us twenty-first century individuals acting politically is somehow to steer an appropriate middle course between these two extremes. Like Don Quixote acting in behalf of justice and truth, but also like Hamlet in being thoughtful, fair-minded, and open to doubts, especially about our own righteousness.
Steve Hochstadt: Republican candidates believe they can employ the politics of hate to win elections and then later control the hatred they encourage. Meanwhile they teach their supporters that social hatred is good for America. Those lessons take a long time to unlearn.
Robert Reich: The movie shows why Bernie Sanders’s plan to bust up Wall Street and reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act (separating investment from commercial banking) is necessary – and why Hillary Clinton’s more modest plan is inadequate.
John Peeler: The Wall Street and Main Street elite of the Republican Party, having nurtured this white working class base since Reagan, are suddenly discovering that it has escaped their control.
Michael T. Hertz: There are so many scandals involving the Clintons that we’ve practically lost count. In the Democratic Party debates, they are not even mentioned.
H. Scott Prosterman: The beauty of Donald Trump is that he codifies EXACTLY what the Republican Party has come to represent since Reagan’s time: unapologetic racism, greed and investment in the war machine at the expense of all other sectors of the economy.
Brent Budowsky: Not since the days of the racist governors of the segregationist South has any American politician so embodied values that are alien to the American idea as Donald Trump does today.
Lauren Steiner: “On the first day of Christmas, Bernie gave to me, an end to inequality. On the second day of Christmas, Bernie gave to me, 15 bucks an hour and an end to inequality.”
Rivera Sun: If we live in a time when one of our presidential candidates does not seem to mind being compared to Hitler, then we must organize in such a way that we can be compared to Sophie Scholl and the White Rose.