As I see Baker’s transition team start to come together, it is striking to me how many business executives he is filling his inner circle with. We all knew that Baker is in the pocket of big business. Why didn’t we run on it? The … [Read more...]
On “Resurrecting The Liberal Project”
A century ago, a popular ex-president stood before a presidential nominating convention and concluded: We stand at Armageddon and we battle for the Lord. And, for the following century, liberals and progressives have lived under the … [Read more...]
John Walsh Eager for Next Battles
We spoke about who might run against Brown. He listed the possibles and whether he saw an interest from ex-U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy. (No spoiler in this post.) Walsh reprised his recent discussion at Suffolk's Rappaport Center on lessons … [Read more...]
On Shame As A Tactic, Or, Betsie Gallardo: She Won…And So Can You!
Under heaven nothing is more soft and yielding than water. Yet for attacking the solid and strong, nothing is better; It has no equal. The weak can overcome the strong; The supple can overcome the stiff. Under heaven everyone knows … [Read more...]
Change Dems, Change!
Change Dems Change! By Michael Fogelberg Jobin-Leeds Partnership for Democracy & Education And so Scott Brown, a wealthy conservative Republican could run as "a man of the people" against the "Massachusetts machine," against big … [Read more...]
How do you see your Senate candidate winning next Tuesday?
With a week to go, I imagine many posters and observers have an opinion on how their candidate - or any candidate - will win the day next week. Here are my scenarios: COAKLEY Wins with last minute TV ad buy from Emily's List attacking … [Read more...]
What is populism?
This wide-ranging discussion tossed around the P word freely, with some interesting comments but no agreement (though nobody seems to like Bob Shrum.)Populism is like democracy was 150 years ago. It's scary, embarrassing, has bad breath, … [Read more...]
Strategy & Tactics: Defending Marriage with the Power of the Majority
1. A majority of either chamber can pass resolutions deploring violence and hate rhetoric against gays (and marriage supporters).2. Either chamber can hold hearings on signature fraud, keeping the spotlight on this seamy aspect of the … [Read more...]
Just one question …
Paul Begala disses DNC chair Howard Dean's 50-state strategy thusly:"He's in trouble, in that campaign managers, candidates, are really angry with him. He has raised $74 million and spent $64 million. He says it's a long-term strategy. But … [Read more...]
Candidates, please read this.
Taegan Goddard has a simple, pithy little post by Mark Montini about what to emphasize when campaigning:There are two reasons people run for office. The first is to be somebody. The second is to do something. Voters have an uncanny knack … [Read more...]