Democrats are responding to the growing nationwide phenomena ofÂ anti-tax â€œtea partiesâ€ protests by mocking them and by pointing out that they are prompted and run by right-wing organizations. Neither response is a winning political strategy. It is pure political stupidity — and bad economic policy — for Democrats to treat the tax protests with derision…
Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. “Forward the Light Brigade! Charge for the guns!” he said. Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. – Alfred Tennyson, The Charge of the Light Brigade. Like the Russians did to the British…
Last week I wrote that the Obama campaign should serve as a master class in winning elections for Democrats, but, unfortunately, not enough California Democrats are playing attention to the Obama campaignâ€™s most important lessons. We’ve dealt with the first two lessons — (1) Blame Republicans and Present a Democratic Solution, and (2) Use the Internet. The remaining two Obama inspired lessons are (3) Expand the Electorate, and (4) Champion the Middle Class. Letâ€™s tackle them now.
OCLF selects new Political Director.
Much has been made of Barack Obamaâ€™s identification with Abraham Lincoln. Of course, Lincoln makes a powerful role model for any president, especially in troubled times. But there are at least ways in which Obama should not follow Lincolnâ€™s example, and five corresponding ways in which Lincoln should serve Obama as an example of what NOT to do.
The Obama inauguration had a unexpected consequence this week as the San Diego School Board formally apologized to folk-singer Peter Seeger for attempting to force him to sign a loyalty oath nearly fifty years ago.
Back in July 2004, when the California legislature was 17 days late in voting on the state budget, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger mocked Democratic legislators by calling themâ€œgirlie-men.â€ But who’s the girlie-man now?