Seriously, Folks? “Progressive” Kos Wants GOP Teabagger to Win?

The neocons have held a disproportionate share of the government and basically have run things for the last 32 years now. When do we progressives get tired of that? When do progressives, as a whole, stop listening to the professional left, and realize that most of these people know exactly

Why Are So Many “Progressives” Helping Citizens United Win?

I am so tired of having to write this sort of piece. I need to be in full campaign mode, as does everyone else who calls themselves either "liberal" or "progressive." There's a point, every other year, when you put aside your whining about your pet issues that most other

Learning From Our Mistakes: A Recall Post-Mortem

If we progressives learn nothing else from the aftermath of the Wisconsin recall election last night, we have to learn that strategy is far more important in politics than emotion. As I said in a previous post, politics itself is not personal, and taking an emotional approach to it will

Progressives and “Manufactured Outrage”; Why We Lose Elections

An apparent specialty of the professional left and a large number of their minions is the manufacture of outrage.  Look at lefty blogs, and there is no end to the demands for outrage over something. Check out their Twitter streams; they are always fishing for subjects they think might piss

Learning the Right Lessons From the Budget Battle

In reading leftie blogs and watching my Twitter feed over the weekend, I’m afraid a lot of progressives are taking the wrong lessons away from the first stage of the budget battle in Washington this year.  The issue isn’t that so many useful programs were cut and that the GOP

Note to Progressives: Bullcrap is Bullcrap, Whoever writes it. (Coakley’s It. Period.)

I’ve taken on so many right wing articles over the years, I think it’s time I took on a left wing blog for a charge. I have received a certain article from four different “progressives” thus far, and every time I read it, the first word that comes to mind

What Did You Expect?

What did we expect, people? I really need to know. The second biggest problem with health insurance reform – excuse me, health care reform – no, wait, it is health insurance reform – is the incessant play-by-play by thousands of people with opinions, but seemingly having no concept of how

We Have to Be Patient, Progressives

I know there's a growing impatience with the Obama Administration among progressives.  And I see a lot of articles and blog posts out there expressing a growing sense that he's abandoning his principles for political expediency. There's this crazy notion that 30 years of neocon politics can be made to

Let’s Be Careful Out There: Don’t Blow Reform, Progressives…

As anyone who has read this blog knows, I am a huge proponent of the inclusion of a public insurance option in any health reform moving through Congress.  I keep wracking my brain, and I simply cannot figure out how to keep the private insurance companies in the game without

In 1969, We Moonwalked and Chewed Gum at the Same Time; What Happened to Us?

Today is the 40th anniversary of the day man first walked on the moon. I'm sure everyone who was alive then knows where he or she was when the live, grainy black and white video showed two men first climbing down a ladder and jumping onto the moon. It was

Patience, Liberals; Obama is Your Friend

This year, Barack Obama won a huge victory, the GOP's far right is on the verge of being forced back to the fringes, where they belong, and Obama will have two houses of Congress with significant Democratic majorities to deal with.  And part of the reason for his victory was

It Really Is the Economy, Stupid — This Time, Let’s REALLY Change It!

You know, one of the greatest frustrations in being somewhat liberal is the tendency for others of my ideological ilk to demonize individuals, and to focus on specific people as "the problem." Our economy is damn close to a total meltdown, and we’re closer to being a Third World country

Stop Jerking That Knee and Become a Skeptic!

I can’t tell you how many times in the last few weeks I’ve heard from another liberal about something Barack Obama supposedly said that was apparently outrageous or scary or somehow out of character. Liberals are often absolutely hysterical over many of their perceptions of Obama’s positions on issues, and

A Plea from Michael Moore: PA, END THIS THING!!

My Vote’s for Obama (if I could vote) …by Michael Moore April 21st, 2008 Friends, I don’t get to vote for President this primary season. I live in Michigan. The party leaders (both here and in D.C.) couldn’t get their act together, and thus our votes will not be counted.

It’s Just Not That Simple…

One constant theme throughout Saturday’s protest in Washington was this notion that Democrats are somehow just as culpable as Republicans when it comes to stopping the Iraq occupation, because they somehow hold "the power of the purse" and apparently haven’t used it sufficiently. According to these folks — and there

You Wanna Know Why Progressives have No Power?

From: Pelosi’s Stand Blocking Impeachment in the House is Killing the Democratic Party – The Smirking Chimp. It’s just the Constitution that’s suffering because of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s nutty and unprincipled "impeachment-off-the-table" position blocking any effort to impeach President Bush or Vice President Cheney for their many crimes and