Bernie Sanders

Money had a good day and the citizens a bad day at the Iowa caucuses. In other words, business as usual in our campaign farce-ocracy.

The influential political science text The Party Decides argues that party activists decide who the presidential nominee will be. But the Republican Party hates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. What if one of them wins?

Robert Reich is taking on the “Bernie skeptics.” Sadly, that includes me. Also sadly, Reich’s effort to rebut the conventional wisdom regarding Senator Sanders’ general election viability is all too easily debunked. Reich’s professorial presentation is filled with many logical and reasonable premises and claims. Unfortunately, there are also an alarming number of unsupported claims and flawed or flat out incorrect assumptions about the way voters behave and about how our electoral and policy making institutions are designed and how they function in real life.

Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders et al. are outsiders who've mastered an old insider trick: bamboozling inattentive voters.

What if the three candidates for president in November 2016 are Rand Paul, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump? That would make for a different kind of debate on the U.S. role in regime change.

It's not so much Hillary Clinton's Party as the Party that is deciding on Hillary Clinton.

In the annals of intra party debates, it is hard to fine one completely owned by a single candidate.  That alone makes Hillary Clinton’s total dominance last night historic.

In another sign of our political irrationality, Democratic consultant and Daily Beast contributor Cliff Shecter warns progressives that Senator Bernie Sanders may be a racist.

Hillary Clinton is extremely well positioned presently and is very wisely adhering to that classic bit of political wisdom, “[n]ever write if you can speak; never speak if you can nod; never nod if you can wink.” Right now for Hillary Clinton less is more, whether the media likes it or not.

Remember the book “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten?” The modern GOP has clearly forgotten the point of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” Much of the gaping credibility deficit of today’s Republican Party is the byproduct of what Jeffrey Berry and Sarah Sobieraj call The Outrage Industry. The hottest thing in the media business is outrage peddling and, unfortunately for Republicans, politically conservative consumers can’t get enough of it. The market for conservative outrage is flooded with low quality product that is crowding out serious criticism of folks like Hillary Clinton and President Obama.
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