September 17, 2020

We are entering the scary time of the election season, and there are more reasons to worry than the normal tightening of the polling in the battleground states.

Note: this column has recommendations for two groups. The first is the Biden campaign, because I think there...

September 11, 2020

I tend to pull my hair out when listening to Democrats who engage in endless debates over whether to have a message that appeals to base voters or swing voters. I have been hearing these debates for my entire 40-year career in Democratic and progressive politics, and e...

September 4, 2020

Every Democrat, every progressive with a brain in their head knows the urgency and centrality of winning the 2020 elections and defeating Trump and his authoritarian cronies. But there is also great urgency and import in winning the central definitional fight with the...

August 22, 2020

I was genuinely moved by this most unusual of conventions. I did not necessarily expect to be. For one thing, I am a crusty old political operative who has been involved in presidential politics since 1984, and I am very practical about politics. And Joe Biden was not...

July 23, 2020


Promising polls show Democrats strongly united as we move toward fall elections, with supporters of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren currently showing near unanimous support for Biden. Given the hard feelings from the 2016 presidential primary, the lack of enthusia...

July 14, 2020

It's been a big policy week in Bidenland. The issue task force the Biden campaign set up in conjunction with Team Bernie released its 110-page report with lots of praise from Bernie. A new economic proposal that Biden credited Elizabeth Warren and unions with helping h...

July 6, 2020

It's always very ironic when the man who probably knows less about history than anyone alive, i.e. Donald Trump, does a historically themed event. Do you suppose he knew that one of the presidents on Mt. Rushmore behind him had actually been the one opposing the Confed...

June 19, 2020

"When we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be abl...

June 2, 2020


Reading the news when you wake up in the morning, seeing the videos of the night before, is a profoundly traumatic experience right now. We live in a bitterly divided country. This is what things look like when a nation falls apart. The rising anger over continued pol...

April 22, 2020

The project of bringing the Democratic Party together made some very big strides in recent weeks. At the most high profile level, Bernie Sanders' withdrawal from the primary race, and his and Elizabeth Warren's endorsements of Biden were symbolically important and went...

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