The Great Realignment

aircraft-carrier-wide

*+-Brent Budowsky: President Obama blew it, but he can still lead Democrats to a landslide victory in 2012 by understanding the sources of the third great realignment in more than a century, which should have been realized after his election in 2008.

The Great Populist Wave

register to vote

*+-Brent Budowsky: It is time for the true champions of the 99 percent to launch the largest voter-registration, -mobilization and -turnout campaign in the history of freedom.

Elizabeth Warren’s Moment

Elizabeth Warren

*+-Brent Budowsky: Elizabeth Warren, one of the most brilliantly qualified candidates in modern history to be passed over for an important post, appears poised to run for the Senate seat once held by the man we miss so much, Teddy Kennedy.

Liberals Need a Plan

may day protest

*+-Brent Budowsky: I propose this: Don’t wait for Obama. Don’t get mad. Organize. Mobilize. Champion the proposals we support in the battle of ideas. Fight for them.

Is This What a Populist Movement Looks Like?

care for educators

*+-Tina Dupuy: The Tea Party will tell you it’s not the government’s job to make life better for the middle class. Ok, fine. Then whose job is it? Oh, the unions. Which the Tea Party is also apparently against…because the Tea Party is anti-populist.

New Politics, Patriotic Capitalism

David and Holly Petraeus

*+-Brent Budowsky: This is the first in a series of columns that will propose that progressive populist Democrats and conservative populist Republicans unite behind new economic policies that I will call patriotic capitalism.



Obama and the Democratic Base



*+-Brent Budowsky: What does it tell us that even after the 2010 election in what was called the year of the Tea Party, Americans chose a populist progressive Democratic president, not a Republican or conservative president, as their favorite over the last 50 years?

Europe Ponders U.S. Election Results

Christian Stoffaes

*+-Steven Hill: Europeans are puzzled by the success of the populist Tea Party movement, which seemingly wants to roll back the last two years and return to how things were at the end of the Bush-Cheney years.

Party Like It’s 1892!

*+-Steven Conn: The great historian Richard Hofstadter, writing about the Populists, described third party political movements in this country as bees: They sting one of the two major parties. Then they die.