Jeffrey C. Isaac

Democrats' constitutional Jiujitsu: How the party can out-maneuver and decisively vanquish Trump's GOP

The passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is devastating, and represents the loss of an extraordinary human being and woman who was an icon of gender equality and the intellectual and moral center of the Supreme Court's diminishing core of true liberal democrats.

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Why the Democratic Party must support Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez against her cynical primary challenger

Since Super Tuesday, it has been clear that barring some completely unexpected development, the Democratic presidential nominee will be Joe Biden. And in the past two weeks, there has been an extraordinary public display of political unity behind the Biden campaign, with Bernie Sanders, then Barack Obama, and then Elizabeth Warren issuing full-throated endorsements. The appeal to party unity in the face of the twin crises of Covid-19 and Trump is real and compelling. The unity will need to be solidified in the weeks and months to come.

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Nancy Pelosi now has real leverage over Mitch McConnell. Here's how she should use it

Over the past year I have been a strong and consistent critic of Nancy Pelosi's very cautious approach to the impeachment of Donald Trump. I continue to believe that it was foolish for House Democrats to focus so narrowly on the Ukraine matter, and equally foolish to rush forward to impeachment on the basis of that alone. More could have, and should have, been done to strengthen the case against the President. It might also have helped to build a strong political case looking toward the 2020 elections.

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Who is the audience for the Judiciary Committee's impeachment hearing?

What is the purpose and who is the audience for Wednesday’s Judiciary Committee Hearing? The Democrats must do better, for all our sakes.

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Trumpism is an assault on liberal democracy — and the impeachment process is finally fighting back

I’ve watched every minute of the public impeachment hearings. I’m watching the Sondland testimony now, as I write. And I’d like to start this brief comment with an observation: anyone who cares about the future of democracy in the U.S. ought to do two things: read today’s Washington Post op-ed by Stacey Abrams: “Republicans’ extreme positions open the door for Democrats in Georgia,” and then commit themselves to work as hard as they can to support the kind of voter mobilization that Abrams, and many others, are promoting.

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This 1919 deportation raid gives Republicans a blueprint to carry out their broader reactionary attack on the left

This week Donald Trump, the awful man who currently occupies the U.S Presidency, brought his racist, xenophobic, and authoritarian campaign against liberal democracy to a new low, taking to Twitter both to denounce four Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives, women of color all, and to imply that they are “aliens” who don’t belong in the country:

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Mueller might truly believe that the report is his testimony — but that is not for him to decide

Robert Mueller’s public statement today was, apparently, “vintage Mueller”—I say apparently because I don’t know this guy at all, and am relying on the comments of those who do.

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Here are 5 mistakes people make when talking about impeachment

The Trump administration continues to refuse all Congressional oversight and make a mockery of the rule of law, while Trump himself continues to denounce the Mueller team and his political opponents as “traitors” and to rally his mobs against “enemies of the people.”

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Here's how Democrats could lead a successful impeachment effort against Trump

The Trump administration continues to refuse all Congressional oversight and make a mockery of the rule of law, while Trump himself continues to denounce the Mueller team and his political opponents as “traitors” and to rally his mobs against “enemies of the people.”

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When it comes to Trump, Nancy Pelosi may be too clever for our own good

Last week a New York Times profile of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi reported that Pelosi wants the Democrats to “stay in the center,” insisting that for the party to succeed in 2020 it must “own the mainstream.”

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