It’s not surprising that now is the time that “Forgotten Americans” rose up

It should not surprise us that 2016 has been the year of the Trump voter. It could well have happened without Donald Trump. Just think of how when you listen to young kids on the playground, the words you frequently hear are, “My turn, my turn.” Democrats are fond of playing identity politics. “Back then”…

Nevada Democratic Convention

Sanders, Clinton, Nevada and squabbling liberals

What happened at the Nevada Democratic Convention is awful and inexcusable, and Sanders needs to apologize; demand that his supporters stop such terrible, hateful, stupid, counterproductive behavior; and then carry on campaigning and talking about issues until the convention, by the end of which he should strongly endorse Clinton. All that being said, a lot…

ally

The complexities of being an ally

It seems like recently the entire Democratic Party platform has been framed around the concept of allyship– being an ally for the poor, racial minorities, religious minorities, immigrants, women, the LGBT community, etc. You name the group the GOP is callously attacking (everyone except straight, cis, old, Christian, rich, American, White men, really), the Democratic…

Democrats should hold “rump” hearings on Merrick Garland

Republicans have clearly stated that they won’t even hold a hearing on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. But that obstructionist stand should not prevent Senate Democrats from holding their own “rump” hearings. [Definition of rump, in case you’ve forgotten: “constituting a subsidiary or small group or the remnant of a once larger organization”] …

Democrats need to attend Elizabeth Warren’s “communication school”

The midterm elections are just four months away. Can you guess which party is flailing around on the campaign trail without a unified message? The answer is easy. It’s the Democrats. Sadly, it’s déjà-vu all over again. Every election season progressives see their hopes dashed as the Democratic Party fails to deliver a coherent vision,…

Democrats are nicer than Republicans, or are they?

Conventional wisdom is that Democrats are more pleasant individuals than Republicans. In numerous ways, it’s clear and obvious that this adage is true. When it comes to extending Head Start, unemployment insurance, Medicare and Medicaid benefits, the Democrats pound the Republicans in the empathy game (somewhat of a mixed metaphor). Turn on the television –…