Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries Tagged as 'Elections'

Live streaming isn’t new to American politics

March 20th, 2015 · Comments Off

Dan Pfeiffer puts it well when he describes Meerkat as a platform “no one seems to know how to use…yet.” It’s brand new and may well be offering something that people find applications for, in politics or beyond. But for now descriptions of how Meerkat is going to change the 2016 elections are premature. Pfeiffer’s […]

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Tags: Chris Dodd · Elections · Technology

Syriza, Podemos & Outside Organizing

January 27th, 2015 · Comments Off

SYRIZA’s big victory in Greece this weekend is an exciting moment for left political activism. They are an anti-austerity party that has actively campaigned on a promise of leftist reforms and a rejection of Greece’s fealty to multi-national banks and the Troika of the ECB, IMF, and the European Commission. Syriza failed two seats short […]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Economy · Elections · Progressive Infrastructure

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

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

The Day After Election Day

November 7th, 2012 · Comments Off

Some thoughts on the day after the election: Pro-gay marriage referenda passed in Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, and Washington state. This is an incredible victory, given that in years past these sorts of popular votes were brought by anti-equality conservatives. The culture war is changing and marriage equality is becoming a reality in an ever-larger swath […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Elections

On polling & punditry

November 1st, 2012 · Comments Off

This piece at the sports blog Deadspin by David Roher on the spurious attacks on poll analyst Nate Silver from the right, as well as from established Beltway pundits like David Brooks and Joe Scarborough, is must-read. In particular: In fact, we’ve reached the point in our screwed-up political media culture where the polling companies […]

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Tags: Elections · The Media

The Arguments Against Obama

October 29th, 2012 · Comments Off

As we approach the presidential election, there has been a new flurry of articles from radical and progressive leftwing writers on why not to vote for Obama, from various particular frameworks. Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic had already been the focus of much of the earlier phases of this debate when he, a libertarian, identified […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Elections

Dean Baker on Social Security

October 25th, 2012 · Comments Off

Dean Baker’s piece in The Guardian on the politics and economics of Social Security is must-read. The story here is a simple one: while social security may enjoy overwhelming support across the political spectrum, it does not poll nearly as well among the wealthy people – who finance political campaigns and own major news outlets. The […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Economy · Elections

Bill Maher on the undecided voter

September 24th, 2012 · Comments Off

Pretty hilarious and spot-on.

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Tags: Elections

Bill Moyers on plutocracy in America

July 5th, 2012 · Comments Off

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Tags: Elections