Why didn’t “Democratic” voters vote? Here’s the REAL Answer

I’m going to try to make this short and sweet. Knowing me, good luck with that, right? No final numbers have been released, but turnout for the 2014 election has been estimated to be just under 38%. Again. And, true to form, in the five days since that debacle, I

The Inherent Danger of Distraction by the Shiny Keys

This country has to stop the contentious bickering that constantly occurs in our politics. We need to put aside minor differences, and get back to building this country into what we all know it can be. And while it doesn’t seem like it at times, progressives are the ones who should

We Need to Drive the Eeyores out of politics

The ability of human beings to rationalize everything in a way to make someone else at fault is nothing short of remarkable. Probably the best examples I have ever seen of this phenomenon has come after the 2000, 2004, 2010 and 2014 elections, as so many “progressives” scramble to find

10 to go: “Putting aside the Democratic Party” is why we lose

I’ve been inundated with tons of stories extolling the virtues of Bernie Sanders as a presidential candidate in 2016. To their credit, most at least acknowledge that Sanders has no chance of ever actually becoming president. They envision his candidacy as one that would shake up the race and get

12 to go: The odious Professional Left, Part 2

As I said in Part One, I am a proud Obamabot. He’s done a hell of a job, and he’s snookered Republicans repeatedly at every turn. If you don’t realize that, you spend way too much time with your face buried in those professional left blogs. Yeah, this is part

13 to go: The odious Professional Left, Part 1

Hey! Did you know I’m apparently an “Obamabot”? It’s supposed to be an insult; the label has been bestowed upon me many times by professional lefties and PUBs (Progressive Unicorn Brigade). I have to tell you, though, I’m in good company. Some of the smartest people I know are “Obamabots.” Why wouldn’t

17 to go: Flashback: A Wakeup Call for Progressive Thinkers

I first posted this on May 12, 2004 on my original blog, The Daily Weasel. The original received an overwhelmingly positive response. With two-and-a-half weeks to go before this very important election, It’s something to think about again. Some elements are dated, such as the part where we have to

18 to go: Stop the reactionary politics, progressives.

Progressives have been largely sidelined politically for more than 40 years, and one of the major reasons is our tendency to play politics in much the same way as the Right Wing Republican party. And one of the most ridiculous tendencies progressives have developed is our tendency to be purely

Toward a better understanding of religion: Muslim edition

I rarely talk about my personal religious beliefs, because they’re, well, personal. They’re supposed to be, too, according to most religions. Just saying… Basically, I don’t believe in religion. I’m not a full-fledged atheist, because I admit I don’t know enough. None of us does. For Chrissakes, people; after millions

30 to go: Politicians are usually smarter than the pundits who complain about them

Most liberal pundits bore me. Worse, they bore the general public, and offer nothing useful that would motivate people to go to the polls and vote on election day. They seem to be hell-bent on generating anger, under the mistaken impression that anger is an emotion that motivates the most

33 to go: Want to be considered part of the “Democratic base”? Sorry, but you have to earn it.

This are a lot of people out there who think that merely being “liberal” or “progressive” automatically qualifies them to be part of the “Democratic base.” Of course, they would be wrong. In order to qualify as part of the Democratic base, you must first demonstrate an unwavering loyalty to Democrats, over and above

Why are so many “progressive” blogs working against progressive issues & people?

It’s really kind of amazing, when you think about it… Over the last few weeks, I’ve had occasion to peruse the liberal blogs and other media to a greater degree than I have in quite some time. I became rather disillusioned with “progressive media” a few years ago, and I

What I did on my late-summer “vacation”…

Let me explain what I’ve been doing the last couple of weeks, because you need to hear it, my fellow progressives… I’ve been working with a select group of Democratic candidates on messaging that will help them win their elections six weeks from today. The six candidates running in various parts

Predictions are not “facts,” and defeatism is not acceptable: election 2014

I am truly beginning to hate pundits. At least, the professional lefties who think they know everything, and declare everything they say that is actually opinion as “fact.” Case in point, Ezra Klein’s latest missive on his new website venture Vox. You can start with the abject arrogance demonstrated in

Mr. Obama went to Washington, and he and the Democrats want you to help them!

Many progressives love to look at old movies from before the TV era and cite them as examples of how America should be. One of their favorites is “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” It’s commonly cited as their ideal political movie, and they like to use it as an example of what

Is the race for control of the Senate over already? Hell NO!

Okay, so I’m looking through the news today, and I come across this, from Dan Balz at the Washington Post: Is the race for control of the Senate over already? – The Washington Post. To his credit, Balz takes a balanced approach to the fact that, with less than three months

Why 2014 (or any future election) CANNOT be like 2010…

As I have said repeatedly since the 2010 election, losing so many Blue Dogs was not a net positive for anyone, especially progressives. Sure, a few of them voted against the public option for the ACA, and some voted against the final version of the bill. But it passed, and we got the beginnings

Why you must be careful which “news sources” you trust…

If you want to know what’s wrong with our “news” media these days, it was absolutely apparent today. Check out these headlines. The first is from the Huffington Post: 2 GOP JUDGES STRIKE DEATH BLOW AGAINST OBAMACARE And look how prominent te headline is: —————————————– Then, there’s Think Progress: BREAKING: Two

Good Political Strategy Requires a Healthy Skepticism

I’m fairly certain this will make some folks’ heads spin 360 degrees (send video of that, please), but one of the main reasons Fox News is so popular is because they don’t tell the truth. I know, right? Shocking! The thing is, their most faithful followers actually love Fox because they

Cutting the Crap on Net Neutrality Scare Tactics

Look, I don’t know whether are people are actually ignorant of what net neutrality is and how it works, or they’re just pretending to be, to raise money from the extremely gullible. Either way, we have to get smarter about this. I received this email from The Daily Kos this