Charles Koch’s Bernie BS

Charles Koch gets my award for the single most audacious, ridiculous and unintentionally funny op-ed I have read this year — and maybe ever. In it, he alternately complains about Bernie attacking him, does his usual anti-government screed, rolls out his claims to be on the same side as Bernie on criminal justice reform and attempts to wrap his right-wing ideology into Sanders’ populist rhetoric. It is a mind-blowing alternate reality well worth taking a look at if you need a good laugh. Here is Koch at the height of his populist passion: The senator is upset with a political and economic system that is often rigged to help the privileged few at the expense of everyone else, particularly the

New Poll Shows Deep Split in Democratic Party

I am more convinced than ever that the path to success for the Democratic Party is to focus primarily on mobilizing the rising American electorate that is now a clear majority of the country’s electorate. When you add up the numbers, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Latinos, other people of color, unmarried women, young voters and progressive whites (which include most union members, the LGBT community, Jewish voters and non-religious voters) are well over half of the general election voters. Barack Obama won twice because he turned these constituencies out in a big way, and that strategy is clearly the path forward for the Democratic Party. The great thing about the kind of progressive p

Coming Soon: A Big Change Moment

It is still very early, and there will be twists and turns aplenty, but the election results so far have convinced me of one thing: Whoever wins the 2016 presidential election, we are going to see sweeping change in this country over the next several years — a change that I would call a Big Change Moment. I came out with a book in 2009 called The Progressive Revolution: How The Best In America Came To Be that argued that there have been a few periods in American history where an enormous amount of very big changes happened in a very short time. On the good side: the 1860s, the early years of the 1900s, the 1930s, and 1960s. In each of those periods, you had not just one or two transformati

Hillary, Embrace Your Inner Bernie

I have been staying studiously neutral in this primary election, and it is a strange feeling. In the first part of my career, I lived in Iowa and dove in deep and early to presidential primaries. I had a great time, learned a huge amount, met some of the best lifelong friends I have ever had, and made enough of a mark that I eventually landed a great job in the Clinton White House as a very young man, so those primary fights were important to me. This year, though, I have chosen to stay out for a couple of simple reasons. First, I feel like the more important fight is in the fall against the Koch brothers, Wall Street and the billionaires who want to take over our democracy, and given my f

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