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|The one-word difference between liberals and conservatives
"Birther" protesters, St. Cloud, MN, 2013 Anyone who pays attention to the arguments made by conservatives (and Republicans, same thing nowadays) versus those made by liberals and ...
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|Social media and the fall of Brian Williams
Brian Williams as Willi Vanilli Chris Cillizza wrote a short Washington Post piece last Friday ...
|Interview with Kim Williams of Indie Media Weekly
Kim Williams during her U.S. Air Force days Indie media mogul . How else to describe Kim Williams , who manages her own online network showcasing a growing roster of progressive ...
|The solar energy explosion of 2015
Solar installation on Walmart store, Mountain View, CA Did you notice a lot more solar panels in 2014, on homes, schools, shopping malls, street lights, road signs, public lands ...
|Republicans' extreme new year
Republican icon David Duke Republicans, who won big in last November’s elections, have already trotted out extreme positions, statements and behavior for the new year. If this trend of GOP ...
|High-water mark for President Obama and the Democrats
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama bring toys to support U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots program Take note of December 2014 as the high-water mark for President Barack Obama , the ...
|Conservatives and liberals finally agree: they hate CRomnibus
CRomnibus opponent Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Conservatives and Liberals finally agree on one thing: they hate ...
|Why conservatives love killer cops
Rally for Mike Brown in Minneapolis, MN Two months ago, we heard from Democratic framing and messaging guru George Lakoff , who reminded us about ...
|Illegal on the Internet, or just stupid?
Angry Internet posting cat Elizabeth Lauten ‘s resignation and a case pending with the U.S. Supreme Court regarding Facebook posts give us a good reminder about what’s stupid, if not outright ...
|President Obama's stunning comeback on immigration
Rally for Immigration Reform, Ann Arbor, MI, 2010 Americans might be calling President Barack Obama the Comeback Kid. After historic mid-term election ...
|The Democrats' ticking time bomb
Hillary Clinton, 67, at Tom Harkin Steak Fry, September 2014 The post-election analysis of the Democratic Party's massive 2014 losses has covered numerous factors, ...
|An issue-based approach for Democrats and progressives
Wake Up and Vote for Democrats poster Mainstream Democratic and progressive voters don’t agree on everything, but they all seemed to agree on one thing after last Tuesday’s elections: the ...
|What Republican men do behind closed doors
Senator Lindsey Graham with fellow Republican Senator John McCain Senator Lindsey Graham is the latest in a long line of older white Republican men who don’t understand ...
|Why cats aren't Republican
Fatcat banker Living with a cat for the first time, you quickly pick up on its behavioral quirks, many of which are common among other cats. What you soon find out is that cats aren't Republican. ...
|The Smithsonian museums are liberal!
Human-caused climate change at the Smithsonian If you visit the Smithsonian Institution museums in Washington, D.C. (free admission courtesy of your tax dollars) and have your political antennae ...
|After Ferguson, we're done with the GOP
Protest for Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO by police officer Darren Wilson may well be a tipping point in American political history. The ensuing Right ...
|Controlling the narrative in Ferguson
Anonymous "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" protester, Ferguson, MO The news coverage of Michael Brown 's killing in Ferguson, MO is a classic example of conservatives trying to change the story. The facts ...
|Good government and capitalism meet near Las Vegas
Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, Mojave Desert, CA Las Vegas , perhaps the ultimate symbol of capitalism, ironically is bookended by two huge examples of business/government partnership. ...
|Today's the anniversary of infamous Bush PDB on Bin Laden
George W. Bush, Condoleeza Rice and Dick Cheney August 6, 2001. That's when President George W. Bush , on one of his numerous vacations, was given a Presidential Daily Briefing (...
|Good roads come from good government
Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ, where the highways meet. Route 66 , America's "mother road," was built in large part by the federal government. This includes funding and efforts going back to ...
|What we'd like to hear at the Congressional town hall meetings
Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC) at 2010 town hall meeting Congress is about to take a paid vacation for ...
|Tell your Republican friends they are being used
For many of us, it's heartbreaking to see our Republican friends and family members being brainwashed by Fox News and GOP identity politics beyond all rationality. Sometimes we try to argue the ...
|Outside the belly of the beast at Ronald Reagan Library
What happens when a couple of Democrats show up at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California? Well, the first thing is that they don’t go inside, because admission is $16 ...
|Bite-sizing climate change
Today, the U.S. Government released its annual National Climate Assessment (NCA) and it is deservedly scary. Just last month, the United Nations released ...
|Affordable Care Act extension could be a political winner for Democrats
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi celebrates Affordable Care Act 4th Anniversary, 3/22/14. Last night, major media outlets reported that the U.S. ...
|What Democrats can learn from the movie "Patton"
The 1970 movie "Patton" is best remembered for its opening speech by George C. Scott as General George S. Patton, standing in front of a giant American flag (see audio above). The speech, ...
|Democrats need a theme for 2014; here's a suggestion
The Republican Party has a theme for 2014. We saw it in Bill O’Reilly ’s prosecution of President Obama in the form of an interview during the recent Super Bowl . The Republican 2014 election ...
|Great Affordable Care Act framing from Obama team
This week, Organizing for Action (formerly Obama for America), the Obama administration’s activism arm, sent around an email asking a terrific question about the Affordable Care Act : ...
|Cold War Soviet stereotypes come flooding back at Sochi Olympics
Remember this tv commercial ? How about this one ? If you grew up in the U.S. between the 1950s and 1980s, chances are you were bombarded with negative stereotypes about the Soviet Union. It seems ...
|Liberal talk show host takes down Texas caller
This past Tuesday, Michelangelo Signorile , liberal activist and host of the “Michelangelo Signorile Show” on the Sirius XM Progress channel, obliterated a hateful conservative caller from ...
|Could Chris Christie's bullying help him in the 2016 election?
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ‘s “Bridgegate” scandal has cemented Christie’s reputation as a bully. However, some folks are wondering whether being known as a bully could actually ...
|Chris Christie: "bully" and other word games
Republicans often use neuro linguistic programming (NLP) in their political messaging. That is, Republicans use and repeat loaded words or short phrases connected with names, issues, programs, ...
|Chris Christie has a Mitt Romney problem
Chris Christie 's "Bridgegate" scandal feeds into an existing narrative about Christie. Thus, Christie might be about to learn the lesson that Willard Mitt Romney learned in 2012 after ...
|Progressive New Year's resolutions
In 2013, we saw too many instances of the Republican-Corporate-Media iron triangle pushing stories containing big lies about the Affordable Care Act, Benghazi, and even President Obama ‘s rather ...
|The news still skews Republican
Once again, many of the so-called major news stories of 2013 were ginned up by Republicans: Obamacare website glitches , Benghazi , IRS "scandal," etc. Even the New York ...
|Winning the Affordable Care Act anecdote war
Now that Republicans have failed to stop the Affordable Care Act , their next tactic is to battle the Act in an anecdote war. The mainstream television news media love anecdotes, because they are ...
|The Republicans are The Walking Dead
The Republican Party is acting a lot like the zombie “walkers” in the tv series “The Walking Dead.” Check out the similarities: First and foremost, walkers are people that have died. The ...
|The Democrats' three-word slogan for 2014
The run-up to the 2014 Congressional elections is in full swing. You can be sure that Republicans are sharpening their talking points for the upcoming campaigns. We’ll likely be hearing all ...
|The two magic words for the Democrats
While it’s easy to get caught up in the mainstream media’s focus on the latest small shiny object, Democrats should take a deep breath and ask themselves, “What do we stand for?” In our ...
|Time to go to war against the Republicans
When Osama bin Laden declared war on the United States twice in the 1990s , Americans didn’t react until the 9/11 attacks years later. That didn’t work out so well. Yet ...
|The media are dead; long live the media
The Boston Marathon bombings showed America and the world once and for all that the 24-hour cable news network model is dead. Here are some of the cable coverage lowlights of the week: First, the ...
|Enjoy your low Obama taxes today
One of the many Republican lies is that President Obama has raised your taxes . Other than for a miniscule sliver of top-salaried Americans, the opposite is true — President Obama has lowered a ...
|The Republican disconnect
Here in a little corner of Southeast Florida, it’s Republican Land. You've got your gun-clinging rednecks, your Bible thumpers, and your One Percenters. The last group is something to behold. ...
|The hate behind DOMA, finally revealed
Credit U.S. Supreme Court Justice (and Obama appointee) Elena Kagan with outing the Republican discrimination behind their 1996 Defense of Marriage Act ( DOMA ). At today’s ...
|Messaging Maxim #4: Feed the narrative
MSNBC ’s Ed Schultz solved a 2012 election mystery on Wednesday, by featuring the man who shot the infamous Willard Mitt Romney “
|Let's all be from Missouri
Aside from its position as a somewhat centrist state both geographically and politically, Missouri is of course most famous for its no-nonsense “Show me” motto. That motto was embodied in one ...
|Cult of presidency
Last September, we published a post about how, under the Constitution, presidents don’t have individual control over the economy, and that economic improvement requires the assistance of Congress. ...
|The Republican Supreme Court's Voting Wrongs
Incredibly, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is under attack, and that attack has made its way all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. Perhaps not so incredibly, some ...
|Taking "freedom" back
The hottest Republican buzzword today is “freedom.” It shows up in NRA talking points , names of groups ...
|Second Amendment and other constitutional rights are not absolute
In the current gun violence debate, the National Rifle Association and its supporters often cite the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution for their opposition to any gun safety laws. However, ...
|Two Conservative arguments for gun control
The tragic killings of children in Newtown, Connecticut seem to have set off a noisy political debate over gun laws, perhaps more than previous mass shootings such as those in Aurora, Colorado ...
|President Obama's fiscal cliff Twitter bumper sticker
President Obama (or, presumably, one of his underlings) has created the equivalent of a bumper sticker phrase on Twitter, using the hashtag “#My2k“ to spread the message about the consequences ...
|Republicans, embroiled in civil war, cave on revenue frame
It has been Republican dogma for the past several years or longer that “we don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.” Kowtowing to Grover Norquist and his “no tax increase in ...
|Climate change is the new Internet
Want to know the dirty little secret that may cause many Republicans to believe in climate change? The secret is: there’s lots money to be made. Indeed, climate change a/k/a global warming could ...
|Four debate pointers for President Obama
With the second Presidential debate between Barack Obama and Willard Mitt Romney around the corner and the third debate just six days later, President Obama should follow these four time-tested ...
|Interview with Nicole Belle
"Mom, Wife, Media Critic/Political Analyst, Blogger, Austen Fanatic, Unapologetic Liberal." That's Nicole Belle 's bio at the Crooks and Liars progressive political blog, where she is Senior Editor ...
|The One Thing Democrats Should be Saying but Aren't
At the Republican National Convention and elsewhere during this election season, the Republicans' principal attack against President Obama is that he hasn't fixed the economy or significantly ...
|Interview with rap activist Macarone
With his name and his residence in conservative Orange County, California, Maurice Bradford could be an attorney or an accountant. But instead he’s Macarone , a self-styled “rap activist” who ...
|Thank Your Public Employees
This past Sunday, we saw two widely varying examples of the best of public service. On Sunday morning, when white supremacist Wade Michael Page gunned down six people at their Sikh temple in Oak ...
|After Aurora, How About a Gun Law Shock Doctrine?
Another six months, another tragic shooting. The Aurora, Colorado theater shootings were the 22nd such incident since and including the 1999 Columbine shootings. In the mainstream corporate media, ...
|Interview with Progressive Talk Show Host Kenny Pick
There is a small but growing band of progressives who donate their time, equipment and talents to airing home-based progressive political talk shows on the Internet. One of the stars of this ...
|How to Frame the Affordable Care Act Win
After suffering a historic political loss via the Supreme Court’s upholding of the Affordable Care Act, Republicans are seeking to make lemonade by characterizing the ACA as a massive tax on ...
|How to Beat Republicans on "Government"
Republicans have been running against "government" at least since Ronald Reagan 's 1980 presidential campaign. Willard Romney fired the latest salvo in the Republican War On Government last Friday ...
|Romney's Republican Bullying Pulpit
It was a remarkable week as North Carolinians voted on Tuesday to ban same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships, President Obama on Wednesday historically stated that he supports gay marriage, ...
|How About Saying "Elected Representatives" Instead of "Government"?
"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem." -- President Ronald Reagan , inaugural address, Jan. 20, 1981 For over 30 years, Republicans and ...
|Joe Biden Comes Up with the Bumper Sticker of the Year
Vice President Joe Biden, at a speech in New York City today, came up with the political bumper sticker of the year. He even told us that it could be used as a bumper sticker. Said the Veep: “If ...
|No Need to Say the Republican War On Women "is Real"
Why do Democrats always seem to snatch weakness from the jaws of strength? The Republican War On Women is an important issue for Democrats. It's another vivid example of how Republicans favor big ...
|Republican Politics of Projection
As a younger voter in 1988, I remember when then-Vice President and presidential candidate George H.W. Bush stood in front of Boston Harbor and slammed his opponent , Massachusetts Governor Mike ...
|Messaging Maxim #3: There's an Invention Called Videotape
Newt Gingrich is the latest politician to be nailed by his own words stated on camera. Gingrich seems to be stuck in a 1990s political messaging mentality. Back then, unless a dogged interviewer had ...
|Messaging Maxim #2: Rinse and Repeat
“A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” – Vladimir Lenin According to PolitiFact , the biggest lie of the year 2010 was the Republicans’ description of the Democrats’ health ...
|Messaging Maxim #1: Go on Offense
“Ability to defeat the enemy means taking the offensive. Standing on the defensive indicates insufficient strength.” – Sun Tzu , “The Art of War” As I indicated in “A Messaging ...
|Political Phrases Used by Democrats
A year ago, we posted the list of Political Phrases Used by Republicans . These are words and phrases the Republicans use and repeat in order to tilt the political playing field in their favor. We ...
|Political Phrases Used by Republicans
The following is a list of phrases widely used by Republicans in the political arena. These simple, catchy phrases, many of which were developed using focus groups, are part of the Republicans' ...
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