Now, About This “Both Parties Are the Same” BS…

I really don’t understand why so many people who claim the title “Political Junkie” seem to think implying or saying that both parties are the same is a sign of intelligence, or some sort of political savvy. It’s actually a sign that you’re not really paying attention. Oh, I know…

The Benefit of Thinking in Shades of Gray

I know. It’s easier to separate people into groups of either “good’ or “bad.” Nuance is a difficult way to think because it requires us to actually acknowledge some of the good things people we think of as “bad” do, as well as the bad things our heroes sometimes have

Progressives: Watch Your Mouths!

For a group of people as seemingly obsessed with the use of language and memes as the professional left pretends to be, they don’t seem to do it very well. They liberally (pun intended) sprinkle their language with many phrases and terms we really should have stopped using a long

You’re Not Progressive Just Because You Say So…

Earlier today, a right winger on Twitter asked me to define “progressivism” in 140 characters or less. Of course, I responded by informing him that such a thing is impossible, because we’re a diverse lot. Progressives don’t have a single set of beliefs or views on issues or ideology. That’s

This is Why We Lose, Progressives

This is the kind of crap that kills the progressive movement. Actually, there are a lot of things wrong with this article, but I want to focus on the headline and the image. This is an article sent in my email by Daily Kos, dated Thursday, January 15. Here are

We really don’t have to respond to everything the right wing says…

Continuing an apparent theme for today… What is it about some progressives that they feel like it’s necessary to respond to everything that someone on the far right wing puts out there? The Right Wing Fart Machine™ puts out a lot of crap, and if we were to spend all

Obama and FDR: More Similar Than Many Think

There is absolutely no problem with the fact that a great number of liberals, including me, and even some PUBs (Progressive Unicorn Brigade) and professional lefties, refer to themselves as “FDR Democrats.” Why wouldn’t we?  Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a great president with an excellent record. He came along at

PUBs aren’t so progressive, are they?

It is frightening to me how many “progressives” are patting themselves on the back for some of the results of the 2014 election. Perhaps they’re simply looking for the diamond in a huge pile of horse manure, but let me assure you, there is no diamond. None. There are no bright spots.

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

29 to go: In praise of elites

When it comes to the next election, we have to encourage voters to raise standards, rather than lower them. that means, voting out the supremely incompetent Republican Party, and voting in Democrats, who at least seemed competent and willing to listen to reason. Last week, as I listened to Caribou Barbie drone

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