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If History Is A Guide, A Progressive Democratic Party May Be Closer Than You Think

By Matt Kerbel and Chris Bowers This is the last of five diaries looking at the 2016 election from the perspective of our new book Next Generation Netroots: Realignment and the Rise of the Internet Left.  Cross-posted at Daily Kos In our new book Next Generation Netroots, we tell the story of a relatively small group of philosophically-aligned citizens operating on the … Read More

Bernie’s Loss Highlights the Progressive Movement’s Greatest Liability

By Matt Kerbel and Chris Bowers This is the third of five diaries looking at the 2016 election from the perspective of our new book Next Generation Netroots: Realignment and the Rise of the Internet Left. See part one, The Unmistakable Lesson of the Sanders Campaign: The Left-Wing is Ascendent in the Democratic Party, and part two, The Biggest Difference … Read More

The Biggest Difference Between Clinton and Sanders Wasn’t Policy. It Was Something More Important

By Matt Kerbel and Chris Bowers This is the second of five diaries looking at the 2016 election from the perspective of our new book Next Generation Netroots: Realignment and the Rise of the Internet Left. Click here for part one: The unmistakable lesson of the Sanders campaign: The left-wing is ascendent in the Democratic Party. Cross-posted at Daily Kos. At its core, the … Read More

The Unmistakable Lesson of the Sanders Campaign: The Left-Wing Is Ascendent in the Democratic Party

By Matt Kerbel and Chris Bowers This is the first of five diaries looking at the 2016 election from the perspective of our new book Next Generation Netroots: Realignment and the Rise of the Internet Left. Cross-posted at Daily Kos. Is America on the verge of a long-term progressive realignment? Or are we about to enter a period of sustained … Read More

Hillary Feels the Bern

Less than two weeks ago we said things seemed to be coming together for Democrats after a bruising and passionate primary campaign, except Bernie Sanders continued to withhold his endorsement of Hillary Clinton as his surrogates negotiated the terms of the Democratic platform. Today, at a joint appearance in New Hampshire, Hillary got her endorsement: Together we have begun a political … Read More

Coming Together

The bad news for Hillary: It’s almost July and Bernie Sanders still refuses to endorse her. He’s admitted he will vote for her to keep Donald Trump out of the White House, but that’s as far as he has been willing to go as he negotiates with the Clinton campaign over the language of the Democratic platform. But that’s the … Read More

Where Things Stand: Summer Solstice Edition

Periodically I like to take a comparative look at the nomination process, and with summer here and the conventions still several weeks away this seems like a good time to take the temperature of the Democratic and Republican campaigns. Besides, I promised last Sunday that I would. Right now the campaigns are in a silent phase between the whirlwind primary season and the formal nomination … Read More

Leverage vs. Letting Go

The California and New Jersey primaries have finally come and gone, and Hillary Clinton has claimed her place in history as the first presumptive female presidential nominee of a major political party. Her overwhelming victory in New Jersey was expected, her comfortable victory in California was not, but even before the votes were counted on the west coast the campaign had … Read More

Clinton Is a Poor Fit to the Election Cycle. Trump Is a Poor Fit to the Electorate.

After months of enduring more candidates than could fit on a debate stage, the presidential race has boiled down to a transplanted New Yorker with an extensive resume and limited vision versus a native New Yorker with no resume and limited judgment. Then there’s that third New Yorker—the guy with the Brooklyn accent—who has tapped the imagination of those who want to address their grievances by … Read More

Common Ground

Late last night, when I was trying to make sense of why anyone would be surprised with the entirely predictable results of the New York primary, I said that Bernie and Hillary now face an end game where their interests overlap. Let’s use the light of a new day to reflect on that a little bit, because the way this energetically contested … Read More

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