Mainstream America is now substantially progressive

Posted on February 10, 2021

The media likes to say that President Biden is a centrist who is moving left to satisfy his base. That is nonsense. Progressivism has become the center of American politics; polls show that voters...


Right now, what do conservatives stand for?

Posted on January 27, 2021

Establishment conservatives should want to be rid of Donald Trump. It could help them recover conservativism from the Trumpist MAGA movement. Those conservatives should know that Trumpism is dangerous to friend and foe alike,...


Don’t say “partisan” “polarized,” or “Washington”

Posted on January 13, 2021

Recently, the Washington Post’s media critic, Margaret Sullivan, published a column entitled “We must stop calling Trump’s enablers ‘conservative.’ They are the radical right.” Her point is that it’s untruthful to call insurrectionists and...


The Year of Lying Dangerously

Posted on December 30, 2020

According to a new NPR-Ipsos poll: 67 percent of Republicans believe “voter fraud helped Joe Biden win” and only 44 percent of them “accept the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.” 71 percent of...


Profiles in Cowardice

Posted on December 16, 2020

Eighteen of the 26 Republican state Attorneys General and 126 of the 196 Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives officially endorsed the Texas lawsuit urging the Supreme Court to disregard the 2020...


In retrospect, 2020 polls were fairly accurate

Posted on December 2, 2020

Many commentators have concluded that the 2020 General Election was a disaster for the polling business. And yes, both public and private polls skewed toward Democrats by a few percent, which was not very...


Sex, lies and the 2020 election

Posted on November 18, 2020

Let’s clear up some misconceptions about the 2020 campaigns and see where progressives need to go from here. First, our national elections, and maybe our local ones as well, have become almost entirely about...


Three lessons from election season

Posted on November 4, 2020

Let’s make this short because it certainly can’t be sweet. Based on the recent election, it’s clear that progressives need to do a much better job in three areas: framing an economic message, clearing...


A democracy, yes or no?

Posted on October 21, 2020

The upcoming election will determine whether the United States of America remains a democracy, at least something like it, or it becomes some form of plutocracy, oligarchy and/or kleptocracy. If we pursued our nation’s...


Right wing “moon suit” narcissism

Posted on October 7, 2020

There is one overriding story in this election. Conservatives will do anything to hold power, and they just don’t care if people have to die to accomplish that. Emblematic of their narcissism, the Associated...