Trump upends Republican calculations; Clinton continues Democratic sell-out

Committing Hara-Kiri… American Political Style

b. traven The two American political parties, Republicans and Democrats seem officially committed to suicide.  Both parties are separating themselves from the mainstream of their fundamental bases. The Republicans have drifted far from their true “conservative” past, and from their moneyed base who always held the primacy of social cohesion over ideology.  At the same…

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The Republican Alternate Universe of Paranoia

W.J. Astore I watched last night’s Republican debate so you wouldn’t have to.  Leaving aside the usual mugging by Donald Trump, the usual jousting over side issues like whether Ted Cruz is a natural born citizen, I thought I’d take an impressionistic approach to the debate.  You can read the debate transcript here (if you…

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Today’s Republican Party: A Dystopian Carnival

Tom Engelhardt (Courtesy of TomDispatch.com) Here is what’s grimly fascinating in this year’s dystopian carnival of a Republican presidential primary. When it comes to what can be said in America, all bets are off. These days, the concept of “beyond the pale” couldn’t look more wan. All of a sudden, there’s nothing, no matter how…

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The Poisoned Politics of the Republican Party

Matthew Jacobson The present state of national political dysfunction is not something Americans have drifted into by chance, or as a result of pressures in the random currents of political developments. No: It is the result of the debilitating visions and destructive search for power carried on by the leaders of the Modern Republican Party…

For 2016, the choice is looking grim

Bernie Sanders — Halfway There?

Michael Brenner Is Bernie Sanders halfway there?  No – not to the nomination, much less the White House. What Sanders has done is to establish himself as a force in the Democratic Party’s selection process. He has done so by demonstrating two qualities that have largely disappeared from America’s political life over the past few…

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Republican Presidential Candidates Are Scaring Me

W.J. Astore Yes, I know Republican candidates for president are currently feeding “red meat” to the base, a base that consists of evangelical Christians who vote in the primaries come hell or high water.  But the rhetoric used recently by Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee is more rancid than red meat. And it’s dangerous. Jeb…