For the last 20 years, the Right has worked hard to convert support for Israel from an area of bipartisan consensus into a topic for Republicans to beat Democrats with. Even Washington’s most tepid disagreement with the Israeli government will be lept upon by right-wingers as an indication that the US is selling out the Jewish [...]
Archive for the ‘Permanent campaign’ Category
Filegate. Travelgate. Whitewater. Birtherism. Solyndra. Fast and Furious. Notice a pattern? When there is a Democratic President, Republicans are quick are quick to make wild accusations of wrongdoing that turn out to be a huge nothingburger. (Oh yes, they did impeach a President for having sex with an intern. Saving the Republic, that.). Now we [...]
We all know the famous story of FDR meeting with a group of liberal activists early in his term. They made an impassioned plea for their policies, and the President said, “Okay, you’ve convinced me. Now make me do it.” This must the progressive mantra for President Obama’s second term: make him do it. While [...]
Nancy Pelosi’s “attack” on Stephen Colbert and his Super PAC is the cleverest marketing the Democrats have done since the 1964 daisy ad linking the Republican Presidential nominee with nuclear war. Yes, it’s been a long dry spell; but let’s be grateful for this particular bit of rain. If nothing else it disproves the canard [...]
In the wake of the good political news last night, especially from Ohio, let us pause and consider these questions from Charlie Pierce over at Esquire (penned before the results were in). Because at the end of the day, they are the ones that matter. And if we can’t answer them, then anything that happened yesterday [...]
Now is the time for all good people to stiffen the spines of the Democratic Party — both before and after the election.