Lawrence Rosenthal: Paul Ryan confirms the Tea Party’s role as both a power within the Republican Party and as the guarantor of Republican conservative orthodoxy.
Mark Naison: Obama supporters who want progressives to take precious energies away from grass roots movements to re-elect the president are, whether intentionally or not, sabotaging long term possibilities of democratic change.
Charles Hayes: The hate your government virus has become the bubonic plague of American politics. Thanks largely to Congressman Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s chosen running mate, the ghost of Ayn Rand is spooking the electorate.
John Peeler: What if popular support for both major parties really did dry up? Then there really would be a chance for a sweeping reshuffle of American politics.
Tom Hall: Watching as he talks down to people and dismisses the concerns of mere workers, unemployed people and inferior races, one must wonder whether Romney believes that he has already become a God.
Cheryl Aichele: “If you have money or power or permits you can get away with activities otherwise deemed illegal by the City for Occupiers”.
Unai Montes-Irueste: Sally Ride, Sherman Hemsley and Lupe Ontiveros were three human beings pushed boundaries, paved paths, and deserved better than to have vital elements of their identities minimized until death.
Walter Moss: What West fails to fully recognize is that Obama by necessity is a politician, not a prophet.
Kathleen Peine: The average American simply didn’t care. Until it involved fast food and sodomy, and a ridiculous perception that protecting free speech means supporting guys who use their money to advance hate.
Tom Hayden: Carville and Greenberg differ from many liberal Democratic advocates, however, in arguing that deficits are a real problem, not ones invented by Republican skinflints and gold bugs.
Peter Dreier: These contradictory views of Obama reflect not only the nation’s ideological chasm but also a country whose stances on economic and social issues are constantly in flux.
Karen Finney: Despite only 13 cases of in-person voter impersonation in the last 10 years when 649 million votes have been cast in general elections, we hear a consistent GOP myth about rampant voter fraud.
Diane Lefer: Citizen lobbying is most effective when the decision maker can see you face-to-face (in their district or Capitol office or at a town hall meeting) or at least hear your voice on the phone.