You Backed Kucinich or Sharpton or Dean: Now What?

So, you backed Dennis Kucinich or Al Sharpton because of their progressive platforms, or you backed Howard Dean because he stood up to Bush – Now what?

President John Kerry? We have to hope so, given the alternative, but how can we get excited about a Democratic nominee who has so much in common with the Republican incumbent? One way would be to recognize the strength we have and force John Kerry to get excited about us and our demands.

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An Idea to Reform the Media

Feb. 13, 2004

I have become convinced that progressives cannot win without reforming the media, no matter how much time or money we put into grassroots organizing or policy analysis. So what should we do?

Ultimately, of course, we’re going to need governmental solutions and leadership. We’re going to need to break up the media monopolies, open up opportunities for smaller companies, and provide free air time for political campaigns. We’ll have to place new caps on media ownership read more

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NESARA: Nearly Every Stupid Absurdity Rolled Altogether

Feb. 17, 2004

Are you lucky enough not to have heard of NESARA? If you do enough grassroots progressive politics, chances are you will.

NESARA stands for the National Economic Security and Reformation Act, an act that was secretly passed by Congress and signed into law by President Clinton, and which will be announced in due time. NESARA will forgive all credit card, mortgage, and other bank debt, eliminate income tax, back currency with precious metals, accomplish regime change in Washington, read more

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John or John

Feb. 19, 2004

Is there a substantive difference between John Kerry and John Edwards? You wouldn’t know it from the issue-free media coverage. CBS touches on issues in 21.4 percent of its campaign coverage, 33.4 percent for ABC, and 32 percent for NBC, according to a study by, which must have been extremely generous in defining a story as dealing with issues.

Still, you might know that Edwards is younger and better looking, and you might get the impression that the media has read more

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Stop Nader With Kucinich: A Note to Terry McAuliffe

Feb. 23, 2004

Dear Terry,
Did you get the check? There’s a lot more where that came from. We’ve put together an informal little band of brothers and sisters called Sane Leaders Against W, and we’re loaded. I’m talking about over 150 executives on a mission, Terry, each of whom can fill a $2,000 per plate gig. But we’re thinking bigger than that. Soros hasn’t figured this one out. Do I have your attention?

But listen, Terry, before we roll this machine out, we read more

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Bush Afraid of Kucinich

Feb. 24, 2004

President Bush made a speech yesterday about how badly he is frightened by even the remote possibility of a Democratic nomination for Dennis Kucinich. Here is how David Shribman, Executive Editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reported on the speech today:

“The last Bush re-election effort, having succeeded so well in portraying Gov. Michael S. Dukakis of Massachusetts as a doctrinaire liberal, tried the same tactic on Clinton. It didn’t work because Clinton wasn’t read more

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Feb. 25, 2004

The thought of four more years of President George W. Bush — and the possibility of seeing him actually winning the title of president in an election! – sends chills up the spines of many Americans. The passion with which people oppose this unelected president has helped to create a wild ride of a Democratic nominating process. We’ve seen some good candidates generate a lot of activism, bring new people into politics, and then lose out.

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Candidates Get Uppity at Audience With Media Royal Family

Feb. 29, 2004

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“Well, I’m not going to be addressed like this.” — Elizabeth Bumiller

The headline about today’s CBS debate on the CBS website is “Dems Get Feisty In NYC Debate,” and it’s followed by an absurdly dishonest article suggesting that the four remaining Democratic candidates for president engaged in unusually spirited disagreement with each other over read more

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Dean Campaign Now At Its Best

March 4, 2004

I’m convinced that the Howard Dean campaign is now at its finest. Yes, I know he’s out of the race, but that’s part of what I mean.

I actually went to my first Dean MeetUp last night. It’s not that I’m so slow to get involved. It’s just that I was working as press secretary for the Dennis Kucinich campaign until a few weeks ago.

I still think Dennis would make by far the best candidate to go up against Bush, and by far the best president. That hasn’t read more

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Note to a Religious Republican

March 5, 2004

I’ve heard Democrats say that Republicans are too religious. In fact, I’ve said it myself. But that’s kind of silly when you think about it, since almost all Republicans and Democrats and Independents in the United States are religious, and Republican politicians take a backseat to nobody in disrespecting religion.

I myself speak to God on a regular basis, and He told me recently that He did not approve of a plaque He saw hanging in the Oval Office with these words read more

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