Parties, primaries, processes, and paying for democracy

This article from April by Ezra Klein in Vox, “This presidential campaign is developing a legitimacy problem,” is worth reading even though it’s now July. The videos with it were helpful, too. I especially liked the explanation about why we don’t have a single day for primaries – something I’ve always wondered about. Seems to … More Parties, primaries, processes, and paying for democracy

The system is not rigged, and it’s not stupid.

What part of this is untrue? Hint: Nothing. “In this sense, there’s nothing “rigged” about the race for the Democratic nomination: both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton were aware of the lay of the land in advance; both understood what it would take to succeed; both created game plans based on the existing rules, and … More The system is not rigged, and it’s not stupid.

Bernie or Busters: Are you prepared to own it?

I admire the passion of Bernie or Busters, but I don’t think that they’re being very strategic or very pragmatic. What I think they’re being is ideological. This friendly criticism is coming from a guy who had been registered Non-Partisan for the first 36 years of his eligibility. It wasn’t until Bernie decided he was … More Bernie or Busters: Are you prepared to own it?

Republican voters: You have more in common with #Sanders than you probably want to admit

Are you in an income category that will see a tax increase under Sanders’ proposals? How many people do you know personally who would have their taxes raised? The question of which income group can and should be paying more, both in real dollars and percentage of their incomes, for all of society’s benefits is … More Republican voters: You have more in common with #Sanders than you probably want to admit