The smoking gun shows why you can’t underestimate Trump Donald Trump’s central insight is that almost no one follows American politics closely, not even the press. Look at this chart from Dr. Rachel Bitecofer: If you are reading this now, on a Thanksgiving weekend especially, you are highly engaged with politics. You probably know that Trump went to Afghanistan because […]Read more ›
Brave New Words and Merge Left reveal how to engage our base, persuade the middle, and reveal the opposition for the outliers they are. The best thing you can do right now is subscribe to Anat Shenker-Osorio’s brilliant new podcast Brave New Words and pre-order Ian Haney López’s era-defining new book Merge […]Read more ›
Trump keeps getting away with more and more high crimes as he prepares to steal the election that’s supposed to save us Congress will return to work in September with a majority of its members prepared to ignore the litany of new impeachable crimes Donald Trump committed over the summer. Yes, more than 130 Democratic members of the House have […]Read more ›
Everything about the Trump presidency is a heist, the kind of heist that typical Republicans made possible. One of the great debates of our time is “Who is worse — George W. Bush or Donald Trump?” As far as the damage each man has done, W. still has Trump licked. Yes, the 45th president has purposely escalated the targeting of […]Read more ›
By not impeaching, Democrats are inviting Trump up to destroy the Democratic nominee Yes, presidential national polls more than a year out are meaningless. To be fair, they’re probably about as meaningless as presidential national polls a few weeks before an election that could be decided by the barest margins in the electoral college. But Dave Weigel points out something […]Read more ›
The death cult v. democracy One of the most under-reported stories of 2018 was that we saw the highest voter turnout in a midterm election in a century, according to the United States Elections Project. This means that 2018 we saw the most voter activation since before only white males were guaranteed the vote. And you should expect the same […]Read more ›
Michigan GOP Secretary of State nominee Mary Treder Lang says voter purges helped Donald Trump win Michigan. And she’s promising more if she wins in 2018.
This weekend, Michigan Republicans dutifully nominated U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ choice for Secretary of State, Mary Treder Lang. The billionaire DeVos family has already padded Lang’s campaign account with more than $40,000 so far. Republican pundit Bill Ballenger, best known for declaring the Flint water crisis to be “overblown,”* gave us some insight into another reason for Lang’s nomination […]Read more ›
Michigan Republicans have been protected by maps gerrymandered for their pleasure, but that could change in 2018 Mike Bishop won his last election by 17 percent, more than double Donald Trump’s 7-point edge in the Michigan’s 8th congressional district. Less than two years later, he has about 50/50 chance of being reelected, according to The Cook Political Report. Explaining the […]Read more ›
Candidates need to run against their opponents; but someone needs to run against Trump Democrats are fueled by massive disapproval of Donald Trump but they’re actually running against their Republican opponents. The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent has been making that case for months: If Democrats are running against Trump, it’s subtle: They are trying to project calm, stability, decency and […]Read more ›
Don’t think the GOP can lose the popular vote by 10% and keep the House? That’s what happened in Virginia.
5 reasons it’s going to be much harder to win the House than you can imagine How would you act if you knew this could be the free last election you could ever vote in? If you think that question reeks of ridiculous paranoia, think about what happened this week. Trump held his first state dinner as president and did […]Read more ›
Most people know Tony Trupiano from his radio shows, podcast, posts here or as a Democratic activist who could always be counted on to help a candidate on the campaign trail or emcee an event. Tony was all those things. But most of all, he was just a really good man and a great friend. The world is poorer without him. He […]Read more ›