Archive: Politics: Show Business for Ugly People

In which I lose patience with the vapid amorality of our discourse (June 30, 2017)

Why is an attack on Mika Brzezinski treated as a bigger transgression than taking health insurance away from 24 million people? A hypothesis

On debates (September 26, 2016)

The more our elections revolve around gladiatorial combats, the less surprised we should be to find that our leaders have a taste for blood

What Hillary needs to do to win (September 14, 2016)

Stop asking us to be with you, and start asking us to all be in this thing together

Why Donald Trump is going to lose, in one image (August 27, 2016)

A divided GOP, illustrated

What we talk about when we talk about a brokered convention (March 24, 2016)

What a brokered convention is, how it would work, and why you should care

This blog is voting for Bernie Sanders (February 29, 2016)

The Virginia Democratic primary is March 1, so I thought I’d take a moment to let you know why I’ll be voting for Bernie Sanders

Trump and Sanders: winning 2016 by a thousand OODA loops (February 10, 2016)

How John Boyd’s decision-making model explains the rise in 2016 of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders

Nobody ever won by surrendering the initiative (October 14, 2015)

Initiative was the gift Barack Obama gave the GOP, because he made them the arbiters of whether his strategy was successful or not

Dear Democratic candidates: stop talking, start doing (June 7, 2015)

People aren’t stupid; they know the difference between someone making a promise and someone actually taking action

America needs an Elizabeth Warren movement, not an Elizabeth Warren presidency (February 11, 2015)

I can’t get on the “Run, Liz, Run” train. Here’s why

In politics, the one thing you can’t run away from is yourself (November 5, 2014)

If your only message is to point at a mirror and say “that’s not me,” you come across as someone who’s either a liar or an idiot

LibertarianRepublican’s “The End of Liberty in America”: a dramatic reading (November 8, 2012)

Dondero’s addled ​cri de coeur ​was met with mockery and ridicule around the blogosphere. But still, something was missing. Someone needed to give it the Serious, Dramatic Reading it deserved. Someone like me

Everything you need to know to understand why Obama won, in one image (November 7, 2012)

Voters, it turns out, aren’t stupid. When things happen, they remember.

Dear media: here is why nobody trusts you anymore (September 24, 2012)

Nobody’s going to trust someone who’s more interested in the approval of the person ripping you off than in helping you avoid getting ripped off

The image that illustrates the White House’s communication failure on health reform (June 28, 2012)

I saw something today that brought back all the frustration I felt watching progressive leaders cede the field to Tea Party wingnuts back in 2009 and 2010. Let’s look at an example of how not to do advocacy communications

Interchangeable news story on President Obama’s announcement of “personal support” for gay marriage (May 9, 2012)

WASHINGTON — In a move hailed by gay rights and liberal activists as “unprecedented” and “historic,” President Barack Obama announced today that he personally believes that same-sex couples should be able to marry, but not enough to actually do anything about it.

SOPA: the tech industry’s self-inflicted wound (January 19, 2012)

The real reason why tech was nearly sandbagged by SOPA: not because tech is getting outspent by the deep pockets of Big Content, but because tech spends its lobbying money in dumb ways

I want a newspaper that can call a lie a lie (January 12, 2012)

Brisbane sets up a choice between “reporting” and “opinion,” which is a standard way journalists divide up the world, and then asks us which one we prefer. But I believe this is a false dichotomy, because it leaves out a critical third element: context

Congressing Is Hard! Let’s Go Fundraising (November 22, 2011)

For Congress, institutional cowardice has become the norm

Rick Perry: “Oops” (November 9, 2011)


The GOP Nomination: There Is Mitt Romney, And Then There Is Everybody Else (November 8, 2011)

It’s easy to lose sight of this if you read the news or watch the cable nets. Every day they have a new twist in the story, a new angle, a new face that’s either waxing or waning. But that’s all colored smoke and streamers; the truth that remains when the smoke has blown away and the circus has bedded down for the night never really changes.

Tim Pawwenty Is Wunning For Pwesident (August 10, 2011)

Watch out, you wascally wadicals!

Austerity: You First (March 4, 2011)

Or it should, if it wants to be taken seriously

Going All In, Or Emerson In Tahrir Square (February 8, 2011)

I wrote last Friday that the uprising in Egypt appeared to be heading for a moment of decision, with protesters’ calls for that to be President Hosni Mubarak’s “day of departure” set to collide with Mubarak’s gradually increasing use of force to try to back them down. It didn’t turn out that way.  The protesters […]