Brent Budowsky: I believe that the first big winner of the 2012 campaign is the Occupy Wall Street movement, whether or not it participates in electoral politics.
Tomiko Brown-Nagin: History shows that American political activism has never been limited to the form that it conventionally takes today—electoral politics. Citizens have historically employed an array of tools to influence public policy
Randy Shaw: The greatest lesson of Occupy Wall Street is hard to dispute: many have not given up hopes for real progressive change, and are now more likely to focus outside the electoral process.
Randy Shaw: Many feel that unions have invested far too much time and money in electoral work that has not produced promised results, at the expense of ongoing worker organizing to build membership.
Georgianne Nienaber: Despite reports to the contrary, Haiti’s electoral council has not approved a runoff election between candidates Michel Martelly and Mirlande Manigat.
Tom Degan: We’re two weeks and two days from one of two things: We’re about to observe the biggest electoral upset since 1948 (“DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN”) or we’re about to commit economic suicide. Take your pick.
Norman Solomon: After more than 20 months of White House insistence that the only useful role for progressive canaries is to keep singing the president’s tune, the electoral coal mine is filled with the political equivalent of carbon monoxide and methane.
Like Mega Bucks Meg Whitman, Damon Dunn has not participated in the electoral politics, having voted only one time in his life. Despite his lack of credentials, he is a darling of the Republican Party