How We Can Overturn Citizens United This Decade

Most Americans share similar views about how to get big money of politics. Polling released in 2018 showed that 66 percent of Republicans, 70 percent of independents, and 85 percent of Democrats support a constitutional amendment. But since we haven’t amended the Constitution since 1992, the idea sounds like an impossibility to many. Of course, … Read more

The Intellectual Fraud of Robin DiAngelo’s “White Fragility”

Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility Is Snake Oil Masquerading As Insight After it was published in 2018, Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility received fawning reviews from The New Yorker and Publishers Weekly on its way to becoming a New York Times bestseller. Well-intentioned white people bought the book in droves and the titular phrase became ubiquitous, used as a way to explain or attack white … Read more

The Glaring Flaws In Bernie Sanders’ Electability Argument

Even by the low standards of electability arguments, Bernie’s is bad. Because Democrats are so focused on beating Donald Trump in November, debates over electability have been more heated than usual. Everyone—candidates, pundits, and Facebook friends—seems to have their own theory. But unfortunately, most of them are based on little more than some combination of … Read more

Why Democrats Should Choose Amy Klobuchar

In 2020, Democratic voters have the most difficult choice they have had in years. Not only are the stakes of the election exceptionally high with Donald Trump in the White House, but there is a large field of candidates to choose from. Whether you identify as a progressive or moderate, or prioritize experience or electability, … Read more

Do Democrats Need a Progressive to Excite the Base?

Our recent electoral history suggests they don’t. In December, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich released a video arguing that Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren represent the Democrats’ best chance of beating Donald Trump in 2020. The Clinton alum’s reasoning was that only progressive candidates have the big ideas and grassroots energy necessary to drive high enough … Read more

Don’t Pack The Supreme Court. Fix It For Good.

Many Democrats are angling to pack the Supreme Court. But the same partisan gamesmanship that goes us into this mess won’t get us out. Instead of packing the Supreme Court, we should fix it for good. Read the full story in Washington Monthly: https://washingtonmonthly.com/2019/10/07/dont-pack-the-supreme-court-fix-it-for-good/

The Danger of Analyzing Political Debates As Theater

If we keep judging debates as performances, we’re going to keep electing performers.  If you believe the media consensus, Julián Castro and Kamala Harris were the “breakout stars” of their respective Democratic debate nights. In the sense that they both gained favorable media attention, that’s true. But there is a reason candidates who do well … Read more

Update on upcoming articles, book, and getting big money out of politics.

I wanted to share a quick update for those who are curious why I haven’t posted any articles recently. It’s primarily been due to focusing more intently on other things. Most importantly, I was recently in DC meeting with Congressional offices to build bipartisan support for the Restore Democracy Amendment. No big announcement yet but … Read more

No, The Democratic Party Is Not Racist or Sexist

Photo of Joe Biden from Center For American Progress / Photo of Bernie Sanders by Gage Skidmore.

And saying so is a recipe for disaster in 2020. In 2018 Democrats sent 67 new representatives to the most diverse Congress in American history. The Party’s freshman class wasn’t just not predominantly white and male; it was dominated by women (38) and persons of color (23)—many of whom represent mostly white districts. By contrast, … Read more

Why The Electoral College Does Not Protect Against Tyranny Or Mob Rule

One of the most common arguments defenders of the Electoral College make (other than that it protects small states) is that the institution protects us against the tyranny of the majority or against mob rule. The idea is that if our President were elected by a popular vote, it could lead to a form of … Read more

Are Beto O’Rourke and Andrew Yang Really Presidential Material?

A quick, informal post with some thoughts and hopefully, some feedback from you regarding Beto O’Rourke and Andrew Yang’s candidacies. I’ve read up on these two candidates and studied Yang’s extensive platform. The fact that O’Rourke is considered a top tier candidate and Yang is getting surprising traction (in betting markets at least) makes me … Read more

Everything You Need To Know About HR1, Democrats’ Anti-Corruption Bill

What’s in HR1, what are it’s chances for success, and can it withstand the Supreme Court’s scrutiny? Last week House Democrats passed HR1, the For the People Act, on a strict party line vote. Here’s what you need to know about the bill’s content, chances of success, and constitutionality. What does HR1 do? HR1 contains … Read more

Blackface, Outrage Culture, and The Risk of Punishing Past Behavior

Punishing people for decades old non-criminal behavior sets a dangerous precedent. In a society with rapidly changing norms, any of us could be next. When a 35-year-old photo surfaced showing Virginia Governor Ralph Northam dressing up in either blackface or a Klansman’s outfit, or at least putting the image of two people in those costumes … Read more

Here’s How We Can Elect Our Next President By Popular Vote

The plan to fix the Electoral College and make every vote count equally is closer to the finish line than you think. Amidst early speculation about the 2020 presidential election, something that has been largely ignored is the structural flaw that determined the outcome of the last contest: the Electoral College. For the fifth time … Read more

Kirsten Gillibrand’s Biggest Problem Isn’t Al Franken. It’s A Lack Of Authenticity.

The Senator’s political “evolution” may lead voters toward candidates with a more consistent track record in a diverse Democratic primary. After Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her presidential candidacy, social media made sure she and Al Franken were trending together. The fault lines in the debate that has been raging for over a year were predictable. … Read more

Got An Idea For Campaign Finance Reform? This Supreme Court Can Strike It Down.

We need an amendment because no matter what we come up with, the out-of-touch Supreme Court is standing in our way. Most Americans understand that there is too much money in politics. Polls show that a vast majority of Americans want to reform our campaign finance system and support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens … Read more

If Joe Biden Runs, It Should Be As A One-Term President

By committing to just one term, Biden can improve his chances of winning in 2020 and bring much needed stability back to the White House. With Senator Elizabeth Warren’s announcement to kick things off last week, the field of Democratic presidential candidates promises to grow quickly. Senators Kamala Harris and Corey Booker are likely to … Read more