Matt Robison

Why Democrats need more than 270 Electoral College votes to avert a crisis

In the post-Labor Day sprint to the election, predictions of each side’s chances will be built on an assumption that’s so reasonable and so commonplace that no one gives it a second thought: that “victory” means achieving 270 Electoral College votes.

Keep reading...Show less

Here's why audio of Trump saying he knew COVID-19 was a killer is much worse for him than calling fallen troops 'suckers'

Last week’s revelation that Donald Trump – a man who invented a medical condition to escape military service – had called Americans who died for our country “losers” and “suckers” seemed like a flaming political disaster. Now comes a series of recordings that confirm that Trump knew how deadly and contagious Covid was but intentionally downplayed the danger while opposing steps that would have helped bring the virus under control. Twice in one week, Democrats have held their breath and once again thought that, maybe, just maybe, this time Donald Trump had finally crossed a fatal line.

Keep reading...Show less

The developing eviction crisis is a stealthy form of voter suppression

In the past week, Democrats’ fears about the Trump administration’s open assault on the United States Postal Service (USPS) have gone from a simmer to a boil, prompting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to rush the House back to Washington to vote on an emergency intervention.

Keep reading...Show less

Here's how a Biden presidency could erect new guardrails and prevent the next Trump

Last week, Joshua Holland highlighted an under-appreciated facet of Joe Biden’s candidacy: his unique opportunity to “fascist-proof” the presidency and prevent a repeat of our long, national Trump nightmare. Given Biden’s rare openness to being a transitional, one-term president--and against the backdrop of his experience as a Senate lifer--Biden may have the rare motivation and self-discipline to do America an historic service by reversing decades of incremental power-grabs by an increasingly “imperial” executive branch, thereby restoring the checks that our framers intended us to have on an out-of-control president.

Keep reading...Show less

The push to reopen schools is sheer madness — here are 4 key steps to doing it right

In the indelible 1983 cold war movie The Day After, the federal government convenes a group of farmers after a nuclear war to instruct them on how to start growing crops again. A hapless government official suggests that they simply “take off the top 4 or 5 inches” of contaminated dirt. An incredulous farmer responds that even if this were physically possible for the 150 to 200 acres each farmer owns, it would create a literal mountain of dirt. What hole do you toss that mountain into, he asks? How does that leave topsoil for growing anything?

Keep reading...Show less

Democrats have to win two battles to unseat Trump — here's how they can do it

We have learned from conflicts ranging from World War 1 to Iraq that it is entirely possible to win the war and lose the peace.

Keep reading...Show less

Here's why re-opening schools before next spring will be a disaster

We are sprinting toward a large-scale, real-time experiment on America’s health and safety.

Keep reading...Show less

Republicans are winning their shadow war on America's government

In America’s cold civil war, it’s easy to focus on the pitched battles for the presidency and congress and, aside from occasional Supreme Court decisions that manage to penetrate our consciousness, forget an entire third branch of government. That’s because the fights over the political branches are surface operations while the battle for the courts is most akin to submarine warfare.

Keep reading...Show less

Will Trump maintain his grip on the Republican Party even if he loses big in November?

Joe Biden currently holds a commanding lead over Donald Trump. He’s ahead by almost ten points in Real Clear Politics’ polling average (Hillary Clinton’s lead at the same point four years ago was five). And his national lead is reflected in the swing states, as a raft of state polls show Biden ahead everywhere from sunbelt states like Florida and Arizona to the critical rustbelt trifecta of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Keep reading...Show less

Here's a rough estimate of what Donald Trump's negligence in the face of COVID-19 has cost us (so far)

Donald Trump just hit us with the biggest tax increase in American history.

Keep reading...Show less

Here's how we might be managing the pain from COVID-19 if we had a functional democracy

The most famous torment of Greek myth was the punishment of Tantalus (the origin of our word “tantalize”), who was cursed to be forever hungry and thirsty with food and water just out of reach. Focusing on what might have been is invariably jarring, which is why psychologists warn against spending a lot of time thinking about what might have been if only circumstances were different.

Keep reading...Show less

If Joe Biden wins, cleaning up Trump's mess will be a Herculean task. Getting a jump on it is good policy and good politics.

It was reported late last week that Joe Biden is already assembling a transition team and may even name members of his cabinet early, echoing Thom Friedman’s proposal to select an ideologically diverse “Team of Rivals” well in advance of the election.

Keep reading...Show less

Should Dems go to war with Trump over mail-in voting? The answer isn't as easy as you might think

The hideous mess of an election held in Wisconsin last week was a haunting preview of what may be visited on Americans in November. Wisconsin is but a single front in Republicans’ all-out, multi-state battle to limit changes that might preserve voting access in the age of COVID-19. With Donald Trump digging in his heels – and dropping all pretense that these maneuvers are being pursued for any reason other than partisan advantage – a general election meltdown seems likely.

Keep reading...Show less

Why Democratic messaging on Trump's disastrous pandemic failures has been uncoordinated, passive and ineffective

The disastrous incompetence and downright insanity of Donald Trump’s coronavirus response has now become the issue – the only issue – in American politics, in the 2020 election, and in the health and lives of millions of citizens.

Keep reading...Show less

Bernie Sanders can't win the delegate math but he can secure some big victories for his movement

Bernie Sanders’ moment has come. He now trails Joe Biden by 21 points in Real Clear Politics’ polling average and would need to win around 58 percent of the remaining delegates to secure the nomination.

Keep reading...Show less

Should Dems worry that Biden would lose Sanders supporters and ultimately the election?

Joe Biden’s ten-day run of victories have left him the all-but-certain nominee. Now, the emerging concern among Democrats is what will happen to Bernie Sanders’ supporters if their candidate can't pull off an unlikely turnaround, and whether Biden has what it takes to beat Donald Trump “like a drum” this November.

Keep reading...Show less

Saving our democracy has to be job number one if Democrats win big in November

In the classic movie Apollo 13, NASA engineers are debating a plan to save the astronauts’ lives when one interrupts to say look, forget all the other issues – communications, guidance, landing gear – because “power is everything.” Power is the foundation of all other priorities, and without it, worrying about everything else is pointless.

Keep reading...Show less

It's not just Iowa: The Democrats' entire nomination process is dumb and needs to be blown up

It’s a myth that the Chinese use the same word for crisis and opportunity, but it’s nonetheless sound advice to never let a crisis go to waste…and Democrats are surely experiencing a major crisis right now in their presidential nominating process. It is imperative that they take advantage of it to make some fundamental changes.

Keep reading...Show less

With the meltdown in Iowa, New Hampshire is more important than ever. Here are the five biggest myths about the first primary state

Every four years the national press parachutes into New Hampshire, and we get a flood of the same stale “truths” about the state's politics. Unfortunately, much of it is warmed-over conventional wisdom recycled from the last primary, if not outright bunk.

Keep reading...Show less

Who becomes the Democratic nominee probably matters a lot less than you think

Now is the winter of Democratic discontent: the progressive- and moderate-leaning wings have veered between cold and hot war, social media lights up with apostasy-outrage every time a voter, elected official, or former candidate crosses ideological “lanes,” and within the left, groups have had to scramble to cool tensions between Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

Keep reading...Show less

Democrats have to navigate the tricky politics of motivating their base to beat Trump in 2020

The biggest tension among Democrats this year has been over the choice between competing 2020 election strategies: motivating their base to increase turnout and avoid third-party defections, or moderating their pitch to capture swing voters.

Keep reading...Show less
BRAND NEW STORIES
@2022 - AlterNet Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. - "Poynter" fonts provided by fontsempire.com.