Taking Advantage of Trump

If we do our jobs properly as Americans (NOT just as liberals/Democrats, but as Americans), Donald Trump is in for a world of hurt come January 20, 2017. It is very obvious that he and the Republican Party in general think he will essentially be the “boss” of the United

We Live In a Democratic Republic, So…

We live in a democratic republic. Again, I am always amazed that I have to write/say that out loud to so many self-described progressives, but apparently, I do. And what that means is, you can demand all sorts of nice things, but if the people occupying government don’t want to

The Misplaced Hubris of the Unicorn Progressives

LIt just kind of boggles the mind, really. There is a strain of self-described “progressives” who are just as arrogant as the worst of the right wing. Unfortunately, a great many of them are prominent voices on the professional left and are treated with undue deference, as if they had

All Politics is LOCAL. Learn That

I used to work my ass off inside the Democratic Party apparatus. I suppose, in a way, I still do, but these days, the stuff I do is for individual campaigns. I can tell you exactly when I started shifting gears; it was when I was trying to get the

The Road Ahead

First of all, we need to sit back, relax and think about what we have to do next. I’m smelling burnout in many circles, and it’s still two months and five days before Trump is even inaugurated. And make no mistake; he will be inaugurated. I understand why some people

The Solution is Simple

Since Tuesday night, I have to admit, I have been somewhat distraught. That’s not like me, really.  It is just politics, after all. However, this election is not like other elections. I don’t just mean because Donald Trump won the presidency. That’s pretty bad, for sure, but what has me

9 out of 10 Unicorn Progressives Choose Strident

Stop Preaching to the choir and start listening to the people. Everyone, not just the ones you like. There, I said it. My social media is blowing up with people saying variants of “Trump got elected so ‘we must’ (do something that just occurred to them)”. I’m seeing the usual

What We Have to Do Now

Yes, I know. You’re disappointed and you’re scared to death about what could happen in the next couple of years. Believe me; even though I’m a straight white male and can’t relate directly, I do understand. I just got good health insurance coverage for the first time in years a

Another Case Study in Lefty Stupid

I just received this comment minutes ago on my last piece and the irony contained within is so precious, I had to share. This is it, in its entirety, with no edits: “… Sanders wasn’t going to get out votes from the center, which is where EVERY ELECTION IN THIS

Why White Progressives Lose: a Cautionary Tale

This is a comment that I received from a well-meaning but obviously young and not-very bright “liberal arts” student from the University of Minnesota named Mark Mahoney. It was in response to my piece entitled “Cutting the Crap on Reasons to Not Vote Hillary.” Now, I have only two rules

Repost: What Dems Do When They’re in Charge

If you are a “progressive” who is whining because “the Democrats” are pushing “too many Blue Dogs for the House and the Senate, I am reposting this yet again (it’s becoming and election year tradition, unfortunately)  to remind all of you of what Democrats, including Blue Dogs, were able to

Why the GOP Isn’t Dead Yet

If you understand politics to any serious degree, you should realize that the current incarnation of the GOP is pretty much the walking dead, politically speaking. That said, like the corpses in that iconic TV show, being politically “dead” is meaningless, in a certain way. I cringe every time I

10 Truths for Unicorn Progressives to Digest

Although there is some doubt as to its attribution, Albert Einstein is often credited with defining insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Whether he sad it or not, it’s a pretty good definition. Einstein also said, “A man should look for what is, and

WTF are You Protesting?

The number of “progressives” and “liberals” who are plannng to vote for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson seems to be dwindling, thank goodness. However, the number should be zero. No liberal in their right mind should even think about voting for Gary Johnson, who is a right winger who happens

Unicorn Progressives and “Principle.”

I know many “political junkies” are too busy panicking to think about it, but do you have any idea why so many mainstream Republicans are putting aside their hatred of Donald Trump to vote for him anyway? Do you know why they will hold their nose and vote Republican, no

Utopian Blues

Let’s talk about the dumbest “political” question I have ever been asked in my life. I was asked this on Twitter yesterday. I made the observation that every progressive in the country must be absolutely four-square pro-Hillary by now because the fate of the country is at stake. And their

Cynicism is Detrimental to the Progressive Cause

I am getting so tired of people who proclaim themselves as “real progressives” who demonstrate nothing but cynicism at every turn. If you think Democrats are as bad as Republicans, or look at everyone on both sides with equal degrees of scorn, you may call yourself “a progressive,” since it’s

Repost: The Myth of Third Party “Viability”

I posted this a while back, but with all of the talk of voting “Third Party” lately because some are having hissy fits about Hillary, it’s worth re-reading. Jill Stein and Gary Johnson will not win; only Clinton or Trump will. And no, it is not a “lesser of two

Objective vs. “Fair and Balanced”: How the Press Fails Us

There is a crisis in our journalism, and it’s something that has to be taken care of right now. I don’t know what is being taught in journalism classes these days, but given that I spent the better part of a year working in the heart of a big city