Category Archives: Democratic Party

Not Much to Lose and Still Got No Gain

Since Obama took office, how many times have you read something like this by moderate or liberal commentators: “It’s not as if the conservatives aren’t already peddling rhetoric about [negative positioning on issue that faults Obama], anyway. There’s not much to lose.” You read it with the understanding that Obama “doing the right thing” won’t […]

Misunderstanding and Misjudging

People thought that the Supreme Court majority in Bush v. Gore, which handed the 2004 election to George W. Bush against democratic norms, said that the case didn’t establish a precedent.  It was a misunderstanding.  What the Supreme Court majority actually said was that the case did establish their prescience.

What About Peace and Widely Shared Prosperity?

It would be nice if Democrats at every level decided to stand for peace and widely shared prosperity – and of course (key item!) do those things that would achieve the stated goal.  As it is, I’m waiting too.

Robert Reich on Morality and the Difference Between the 1884 and 2012 Elections

Robert Reich blogs about the difference between public and private morality – and how the GOP focus on private morality to the exclusion of public morality is itself immoral.  He’s right as far as he goes and implicitly notes Democrats have their public morality issues (notably Obama also ran on private morality (“personal responsibility”) issues […]

Rick Perlstein’s Latest – Obama Compromises Win Battles, Lose War

Rick Perlstein’s latest on Obama’s political tactics and strategy is well worth a read.  I have some questions about it – and may revisit them if and when I get some answers.  

Misappropriate – Mortgage Settlement Money Going to WI Gen Budget

Governor Scott Walker and Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen aren’t the first public officials to take money intended for one purpose and use it for another.  In the case of the national mortgage fraud settlement money funding for Wisconsin, part of a settlement already grossly inadequate for helping provide restitution to victims, it will be […]

Kevin Drum Lays Out Clear Contraception Case

Kevin does a nice job presenting the issues around contraception concisely.  As others have noted, providing contraception has been widely accepted in America for a long time now – most people, including Mitt Romney, have presented it as a non-issue.  That doesn’t mean Mitt views it as a non-issue, or that it couldn’t become a […]

Russ Feingold Against Obama’s Use of Super PACs – It’s “Dancing with the Devil”

Read Feingold’s position here.  It’s easy to dismiss Russ’ position – it’s easy to say ‘you need to fight fire with fire’, etc. But I think it’s worth really thinking about the implications. As Russ traces it, how did we get to the point of big money dictating our politics – and is there more […]

Investing Locally Key for Five Years and Beyond

It’s not about state’s rights – it’s about the inability of the federal government to help the American people.  We need economic stimulus to fight our economic depression – and we aren’t getting it.  Sure we need to keep pressure on the federal government – their approach is and has been insufficient and wrong.  We […]

When Bipartisanship Clogs Health Care Reform…

“Doctor why have you stopped the bypass surgery – the patient is dying!” “I’m sorry.  It’s not bipartisan.” When “bipartisanship” clogs health care reform, we should bypass it. [Hat tip to Senator Bernie Sanders for the inspiration]