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Scenes From the DNC: Day One

When you start a revolution you are going to attract revolutionaries. Some Sanders supporters at the Democratic convention are never going to be persuaded to support Hillary Clinton, even after Sanders himself delivered a passionate and heartfelt plea for unity that deftly wove his stump speech into an endorsement of the Clinton/Kaine ticket. But after several hours spent roaming the floor of the … Read More

Some Thoughts Before Leaving For the DNC

I’m about to leave for the Democratic convention, where I will be offering commentary for WPVI, Philadelphia’s channel 6 (cue the Action News theme). Before heading to the Wells Fargo Center, I wanted to note two things I’ll be watching while I’m there: Optics: The Republican Convention was riddled with divisions, symbolized by a defiant Ted Cruz refusing to endorse Donald … Read More

Manageable Risks and Potential Rewards

Lagging in the polls and facing a popular incumbent, Walter Mondale tapped Rep. Geraldine Ferraro to be his running mate in a bold move designed to upend the 1984 presidential race. Twenty-four years later, John McCain plucked Sarah Palin from obscurity and placed her on the ticket in an ill-fated bid to inject life into his underdog campaign. In 1992, Bill Clinton disregarded conventional wisdom and … Read More

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

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