Hold Fast

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Entries Tagged as 'Democrats'

Bill de Blasio and political multitudes

March 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Over at Jacobin, Samuel Stein has a review of Eric Alterman’s new book on Bill de Blasio’s first year as mayor. The whole piece by Stein is worth a read, in no small part because de Blasio has been held up as a populist progressive icon of the highest calibre, with little scrutiny on his whole body […]

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Tags: Democrats · Movement Building

On the 2014 elections & ideas

November 15th, 2014 · Comments Off

The Democrats got beat pretty badly in the midterm elections. This is not a big surprise. But the losses have generated countless pieces about why they lost, how they could have avoided losing, what messaging would work better, how Democrats can better convince the citizenry to put their faith in them and so forth. To […]

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Tags: Climate Crisis · Democrats · Economy · Elections · Progressive Infrastructure

Brilliant!

December 5th, 2012 · Comments Off

Alex Pareene offers up some great strategic advise for Democrats in DC: If Democrats want to get the big pundits on their side, they should pull a Boehner and just name whatever it is they’re trying to pass “The Simpson Plan.” That should be the name they use when they reintroduce card-check. And cap-and-trade. Planned […]

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Tags: Congress · Democrats · Economy

Fake Dem Andrew Cuomo’s Very Bad News Cycle

November 19th, 2012 · Comments Off

First Chris Hayes of MSNBC absolutely obliterated NY Governor Andrew Cuomo for his refusal to intervene on behalf of the Democratic caucus in the NY State Senate. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Then Alex Pareene of Salon piled on: Cuomo doesn’t hide his conservative tendencies — they’re part […]

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Tags: Democrats · Elections

Fighting for jobs

October 11th, 2012 · Comments Off

David Dayen makes the astute point that Elizabeth Warren is succeeding in her Senate campaign by actually fighting for job creation. Dayen writes: Warren has not allowed the American Jobs Act to vanish. In every debate, she has brought up the trio of votes the Senate held on elements of the AJA, noting that Scott […]

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Tags: Democrats · Economy

Someone tell Michelle Rhee that Dan Malloy just isn’t that into her

September 28th, 2012 · Comments Off

Disgraced former DC schools chief Michelle Rhee is on a quixotic search to pretend she’s a Democrat in good standing, despite her pursuit of taking away workers’ rights and helping Republican governors bust teachers unions. In her Washington Post op-ed on how real Democrats support her education prioritization strategy, which reads like a Joe Lieberman op-ed arguing that real […]

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Tags: Democrats · Labor · Republicans

An accurate use of the word “cynicism” in politics

June 27th, 2012 · Comments Off

Matt Taibbi, in a highly enjoyable Q&A with the Village Voice about Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72, makes the rare move of accurately using the word “cynicism” to describe its appearance in American politics: I think a lot of what Occupy is is disappointed idealism. A lot of the […]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Barack Obama · Democrats

Those non-populist Democrats

June 27th, 2012 · Comments Off

Jonathan Martin of Politico asks: What the hell ever happened to populism in the Democratic Party? It was never there in the first place, at least not since the DLC grabbed control of the party in the 1980s. Bill Clinton was no populist. Al Gore was no populist. John Kerry was no populist (though at […]

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Tags: Democrats

Losing for campaigning like a Democrat

June 18th, 2012 · Comments Off

Rick Perlstein has a very good article in Rolling Stone about the failures of the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election. I think there are a lot of overlapping dimensions to the loss and Perlstein lays out a number of them in the piece. One of the more important aspects, though, is the tendency for Democrats to […]

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Tags: Democrats · Elections

Wisconsin Aftermath

June 6th, 2012 · Comments Off

I’ll be honest, after the labor-backed candidate for governor in Wisconsin lost the Democratic primary in a recall election that was happening because of an assault on workers’ rights and public sector unions, I paid significantly less attention to the race. And even before that, once the choice was made by labor unions and Democratic […]

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Tags: Democrats · Elections · Labor