Keith Ellison’s Quest for DNC Chair

Rep. Keith Ellison offers a lifeline to the Democratic Party that is floundering. The question is whether the Democratic National Committee's 447 members will accept it when they choose their new chair on Saturday.
Robert Borosage
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Resisting Trump Is Not Enough

Trump is in the White House in large part because of the establishment’s failures over the past decades. Progressives need to advance a concrete agenda, and that means taking on Democrats-in-Name-Only.
Robert Borosage
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Donald Trump Has Pulled an Epic Bait-and-Switch

Waiting on Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s desk is Trump’s order instructing him to launch a review aimed at dismantling much of the financial regulation passed after Wall Street’s wilding blew up the economy.
Robert Borosage
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Trump’s Perverse Populism

Donald Trump’s inaugural address stunned Washington elites. Yet it deserves attention for it reveals how Trump’s right-wing populism distorts America’s populist tradition.
Robert Borosage

The Poisonous Politics of David Brock

Brock is not a man of the left. His institutions are not grounded in the populist-progressive movement. He’s an agent of the Democratic establishment, funded significantly by its biggest donors.
Robert Borosage

How to Expose Trump’s Dastardly Bait-and-Switch

To expose Donald Trump's bait-and-switch on the economy, it will be vital to follow the money, and expose the corruptions and the lies. Challenging Trump’s appointments will provide the first opportunity to pierce the veil.
Robert Borosage

House Democrats: New Leadership, New Energy

House Democrats pick their leaders this week. The betting is that they will retain the squad of septuagenarians that have led them over the last years. But it is long past time to groom new leaders.
Robert Borosage

Taking on Trump: Lessons from the Reagan Years

How do Democrats respond to Donald Trump? With his first appointments, Trump has doubled down on the extremes. Democrats might learn from the 1980s, when they won many battles against Reagan, but lost the war.
Robert Borosage

How We Can Fight Trump

In the wake of Trump’s victory, the traditional rituals were observed. Hillary Clinton gave a graceful concession speech; President Obama and Trump called for Americans to come together. The only true response was in the streets.
Robert Borosage

Why Trump Won

Obama’s coalition will continue to grow in number. But Democrats better learn how to sing from Bernie Sanders' gospel to have any hope of becoming a majority party again.
Robert Borosage

Why Is Washington Still Pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Bizarrely, first thing after this election is over, President Obama, the Republican leaders of the House and Senate and the business lobby are planning to launch a full-court press to drive the TPP through a lame-duck session of Congress.
Robert Borosage

Progressives Pushing on Executive Appointments? Scandal!

Even as they push hard to get Clinton elected, Progressive Senators and organizations are gearing up to influence her future appointments. This has rendered Wall Street apoplectic -- which proves how important it is.
Robert Borosage

The Geniuses Who Brought You the Iraq War Are at It Again

The “Blob”—the epithet Obama speechwriter Ben Rhodes used to scorn Washington’s inbred, vainglorious, bipartisan foreign-policy elite—is striking back. The Blob has driven us into one folly after another. And it is calling for more.
Robert Borosage

It’s Game Over After the Las Vegas Debate

Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States. But while Clinton grows more confident making the progressive case on domestic and social issues, she seems intent on doubling down on our failed efforts to police the globe.
Robert Borosage

Inequality Is Still the Defining Issue of Our Time

Jason Furman, chair of the Council on Economic Advisors, argues that Obama “narrowed the inequality gap” more than any president in 50 years. But don’t take down the barricades. Inequality remains extreme and continues to widen.
Robert Borosage

The Second Presidential Debate: Gutter-Ball Edition

The brief and rare exchanges on ideas were revealing ... But the clash of ideas was a sideshow. This “debate” was an exchange of insults, egged on by the moderators. The only redeeming feature is that it will be hard to get lower than that.
Robert Borosage

Why Is This Election So Close?

Clinton’s problem—both in the Democratic primaries and in the general election—is that she is inescapably part of a political establishment that has failed Americans badly.
Robert Borosage

In the First Debate, Trump Failed to Achieve the Reagan Effect

Trump offered a return to top-end tax cuts and deregulation with a populist trade posture. Clinton called for public investment to rebuild the country. Both indicted the failed policies of the past: Clinton, trickle-down; Trump, trade.
Robert Borosage

The Trump Campaign Shakeup: Going To The Mattresses

Donald Trump is probably betting that if he can’t convince a majority to vote for him, he may just be able to convince them to vote against Hillary Clinton. Get ready. They’re going to the mattresses. This race is going to get far uglier.
Robert Borosage

The Populist Uprising Isn’t Over; It’s Only Just Begun

Tom Frank says populism may be permanently discredited by Trump's bigotry. Clinton's decisive victory will be the triumph of the establishment center, the Davos elites. But this election won't end a struggle that has only just begun.
Robert Borosage

The Economic Debate and the Failed Consensus

A policy debate almost broke out in the presidential election when the two candidates traveled to Michigan to lay out contrasting economic agendas. What became clear is that the old establishment consensus will not hold.
Robert Borosage

Hillary Clinton and the Choice

Hillary Clinton stepped into history last night, accepting the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party. She reminded Democrats that they were the "party of working people" and set up the choice that voters will face this fall.
Robert Borosage

Obama “Passes the Baton”

Democrats rolled out the big guns last night – Biden, Kaine, Bloomberg, Obama. They posed the choice: experience vs. risk, most qualified vs. least qualified, optimism vs. pessimism. And Obama "passed the baton" to Hillary Clinton.
Robert Borosage

The Democratic Convention: The Big Dawg Still Can Howl

Bill Clinton provided a masterful portrait of Hillary Clinton last night at the Democratic Convention, making the case that she is the "change maker" that Americans are looking for – an image marred only by close allies going off-script.
Robert Borosage

Sanders: The Struggle Continues

Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton last night at the Democratic Convention, arguing forcefully that she would fight for reforms central to his campaign. He also pledged to continue his political revolution to transform this country.
Robert Borosage

Embracing the New Populist Moment

The failure of the political establishment has been exposed, but the center still holds. So what’s next? Tthe progressive movement should focus on defining issues and politics from the bottom up.
Robert Borosage

The Sanders Endorsement and the Political Revolution

When Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton Tuesday in New Hampshire, he made the case that the political revolution that has begun to build must now turn its attention to defeating Donald Trump. He got that right.
Robert Borosage

The Democratic Party Platform: Progress and Resistance

The Democratic Party platform committee met in Orlando over the weekend. Sanders forces gained new progress on affordable college, health care and the $15.00 minimum wage. Resistance continued over the TPP and climate reforms.
Robert Borosage

Jobs Report: Change Still Needed

A reported 287,000 new jobs were created in June, erasing concerns that the economy might be cratering. But the cheery jobs figures can't mask the continuing need for change to make this economy work for working people.
Robert Borosage

Democrats and the TPP: Who Speaks for the Future?

Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Yet President Obama insists that the party platform take no position on the TPP. This weekend Democrats will decide who speaks for the future.
Robert Borosage
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For Vice President: Senator Jeff Merkley

Hillary Clinton is now deciding on her running mate. Dozens of potential names are mentioned. Too often the lists omit the name of the one person most fit for the job: Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon. Let's look at the politics.
Robert Borosage

Clinton on the Economy; Trump Ever Offensive

Hillary Clinton took time from the volley of insults with Donald Trump to lay out her economic policy. Donald Trump in a scripted address used recycled insults of Clinton to paint himself as the agent of change. So it begins.
Robert Borosage

What Will Bernie Do?

The mainstream media is playing a mug's game – fanning drama about what Bernie Sanders will do now that the primaries are over. The fact is, we know exactly what Bernie will do. The question is what Hillary Clinton will do.
Robert Borosage

Clinton Makes History; For Sanders “The Struggle Continues”

Hillary Clinton established herself as the "presumptive nominee" of the Democratic Party last night, the first woman to capture that honor. Bernie Sanders, in a speech the media burlesqued, promised to continue the struggle.
Robert Borosage

May Jobs Report: Ouch!

Startlingly low jobs growth of 38,000 in May, and reductions in previously reported figures for March and April, should warn the Federal Reserve not to raise interest rates. This economy isn't overheating, it's cooling off.
Robert Borosage

Common Sense on the Democratic Presidential Race

With Donald Trump tied with Hillary Clinton in early polls, hysteria is building among Democrats. Much venom is directed at Bernie Sanders, with Clinton surrogates telling him to pack it in. Here's a little common sense on the race.
Robert Borosage

Does the Democratic Party Platform Matter?

Bernie Sanders says he will push hard to get his agenda written into the Democratic Party platform. But candidates are free to ignore the platform. Platforms are only important if citizen movements make them important.
Robert Borosage

What Does Bernie Want?

He hopes to win the nomination. And he intends to build a “political revolution” to change the direction of the party and the country. As a movement builder, he has every reason to stay in the race.
Robert Borosage

The Test of Leadership as Sanders Rolls in Oregon

Bernie Sanders won Oregon big yesterday and ended in a virtual tie in Kentucky. His campaign continues to gain energy as its chances of victory decline. This poses a test of leadership – less for Sanders than for Clinton.
Robert Borosage
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