RJ Eskow: Voters can sense an absence of conviction from a political party. The absence of a unifying core may help explain the Democrats’ devastating 2014 performance. The electorate may have concluded that, to paraphrase Gertrude Stein, there was no there there.
Joe Palermo: The internal sniping and bickering has already begun among Democratic ranks but it’s their own damn fault. The internal debates following the 2014 midterm elections highlight the ideological schizophrenia that continues to plague the Democratic Party.
Larry Wines: Republicans will do nothing that does not feature cutting or eliminating taxes for the very wealthy, and/or deregulating everything so their rich sponsors can run roughshod over the physical, economic, cultural, and environmental landscapes. No stewardship, no concern for the future, just exclusive emphasis on short-term profit-taking.
Richard Wolff: The deepening problems of the early 21st century raise the distinct possibility of another cycle of fascist and traditional socialist experiments or, as we shall show, perhaps a genuinely new solution.
Carla Marinucci: The next few years will be a turning point for the Democratic Party in California — with the very real possibility that the “big three” of Brown, Feinstein and Boxer will leave office by 2018.’
Berry Craig: McConnell is a conservative whose bane is “big government.” Barkley didn’t duck the liberal label. He ardently supported FDR’s Depression-fighting New Deal program of massive federal action to put people back to work and to boost the economy.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: After getting clobbered on November 4, the Democratic Party needs to ask itself some tough questions and come up with honest answers. If it doesn’t, it’s going to continue to lose elections because it lacks credibility with its own voter base.
Murray Polner: Never underestimate Cheney. He’s a shrewd survivor. His vision of an America strong enough to police the world and take on all comers still commands extensive support.
Tina Dupuy: We should politicize Ebola because the outbreak is a perfect example of why government dysfunction is needlessly hazardous to our health.
Joeseph Palermo: By exploring the lives and times of Teddy, Franklin, and Eleanor, Burns shows that in our not-so-distant past the governing institutions of this country were actually responsive to the needs and desires of working-class Americans.
Jim Hightower: The first right turn on our road trip brings us to a sweeping view of Ted’s Energy Renaissance Act, a proposal so studded with fossil fuel favors that it should be titled the “Exxon Mobil Relief Act.”
Berry Craig: Indeed. The Republicans’ bogus claim that their voter laws are aimed at stopping “voter fraud” reminds me of the old white supremacist Southern Democrats who vowed that their blatantly racist Jim Crow voter suppression and segregation laws were based on “states’ rights.”
Randy Shaw: Clinton is more popular among all voters because he is a Southern, white “good old boy” to Obama’s urban African American. Clinton was also a far more conservative President than Obama, whose politics have never won favor with “moderate” white voters and a traditional media that was a lap dog for the right-wing George W. Bush.