Chris Bowers

The Incredibly Important Lesson Democrats Must Learn from the Bernie Sanders Campaign

Every major poll analysis outfit--from Nate Silver's fivethirtyeight, to the Huffington Post's Pollster.com to Real Clear Politics--all show Hillary Clinton to be the favorite to win the Iowa caucuses Monday night. 

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Democrats With Balls? How Some Progressive Lawmakers Are Hitting Back in the Class War

As you read this, rich and powerful people in Washington, DC are trying to determine not whether they should cut programs designed to help low and middle-income Americans, but by how much they should cut those programs. The rich and powerful people in DC are making these cuts in order to pay for tax breaks they recently gave to rich people and large corporations. Additionally, the cuts are being made at the behest of the lobby organizations and media operations owned by rich people and large corporations.

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No Dem Incumbent Will Lose a Primary by Voting for the Health Care Bill

Even though I favored passing the gutted Senate health care bill, I am heartened by the noise some progressives are making in opposition to it.  Without such noise, there would be no hope to improve the bill, or much hope of getting better health care legislation in the future.  In keeping with the basic principle of the Overton window, there has to be prominent, public left-wing disagreement with Democratic policy, or else the national political discussion will never move to the left.

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This Decade Mostly Sucked - Except for the Huge Expansion of the Internet

Let's face it--from a political, economic and ecological perspective, this past decade pretty much sucked ass.  Lots of war, lots of economic downturn, lots of legislative failure and the continued onset of a new, ecological, Malthusian trap.  Still, looking at the decade from the grand perspective of human history, there was also a huge positive: the continued development and expansion of the Internet.

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6 Lessons Progressives Should Take Away From the Underpants Bomber Incident

There are a few lessons to be learned about the bathroom bomber incident. Here are six lessons that come to mind:

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3 Reasons Why Progressives Are So Frustrated

If I may be so bold, I believe I can sum up, in three main points why progressives are so frustrated right now:

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More Republicans Think Obama Stole an Election than Democrats Believe Bush Did

A new survey from PPP (PDF) shows that 26% of Americans, most of whom are Republicans, think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama.

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Ned Lamont to Run for Governor of Connecticut

This just in--Ned Lamont is looking to run for Governor in Connecticut:

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3 Important Lessons Dems Should Learn From Grayson

Usually when Republicans and conservative media join together to throw a coordinated hissy fit against something "outrageous" a Democrat has said, it resulted in apologies (John Kerry in 2006), resignations (Van Jones) and public condemnations in Congress (MoveOn.org). Yesterday, however, Republicans actually backed down from their hissy fit when Rep. Alan Grayson stood up to them. Even as Grayson intensified his rhetoric, Republicans withdrew their resolution to condemn him on the House floor.

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Dems Regain Electoral Footing Looking Ahead to 2010

Earlier in the week, in my first House forecast for 2010, I looked at generic congressional ballot polling from August 20th through September 17th.  At that time, the most recent survey from the nine polling organizations to publish generic congressional ballots conducted entirely since August 20th showed Democrats ahead by 3.5%.

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