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 moreThe Danger of Analyzing Political Debates As Theater
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 moreEverything You Need To Know About HR1, Democrats’ Anti-Corruption Bill
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 moreBlackface, Outrage Culture, and The Risk of Punishing Past Behavior
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 moreHere’s How We Can Elect Our Next President By Popular Vote
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 moreKirsten Gillibrand’s Biggest Problem Isn’t Al Franken. It’s A Lack Of Authenticity.
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 moreGot An Idea For Campaign Finance Reform? This Supreme Court Can Strike It Down.
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 moreIf Joe Biden Runs, It Should Be As A One-Term President
Earlier this week I published When #MeToo Got It Wrong: The Al Franken Controversy, One Year Later. The reaction was mixed, maybe 65/35 favorable/unfavorable, though some groups skewed heavily one way or the other. Because so many people commented or raised additional questions, I thought it’d be useful to respond to common criticisms and share … Read moreFinal Thoughts On The Al Franken Controversy
It’s been a year since former Senator Al Franken resigned amidst accusations of sexual misconduct, but the controversy over Democrats’ treatment of Franken remains. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who led the charge against Franken, has lost supporters over her handling of the situation. Those who support Gillibrand, however, argue that Democrats were smart to push Franken … Read moreWhen #MeToo Got It Wrong: The Al Franken Controversy, One Year Later