Why is the conventional wisdom suggesting that Democrats are doomed this cycle so wrong? Analysts are failing to compare to the relevant baseline. Nationally, the 2021 maps are unfair, but not as unfair as 2011.
The White House spokesperson was asked why the administration doesn’t just send out free COVID tests, as other countries do. Her mindless, condescending response was a reminder that the Democrats are still the party of Aetna.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez warned Democratic leaders it would be “very, very difficult” for progressives to continue to vote with the party if the Build Back Better legislation does not pass.
President Biden acknowledged Thursday his Build Back Better agenda is in jeopardy due to two Senate Democrats: Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. Both senators have pushed Biden to slash in half his $3.5 trillion proposal that would be spent over 10 years to vastly expand the safety net and combat the climate crisis. We take an in-depth look at the two lawmakers, starting with Sinema. “Unfortunately, Sinema really reads as a cautionary tale of what happens when political ambition becomes a be-all and end-all,” says Branko Marcetic, Jacobin staff writer, who describes the political evolution of Sinema, who ran in her early career as a socialist and has moved “rightward and rightward every step of the way.”
At this stage, Democrats have offered Joe Manchin a basket full of polluter-friendly subsidies to prop up essentially non-existent carbon capture power technology, a watered-down clean power plan barely better than the status quo, or a meaningless carbon tax that mostly exists as a totem for an industry that pretends to care about the planetary damage it has caused.
Joe Biden is taking heat from Democrats, not for his decision to withdraw from Afghanistan—that’s popular—but for his haphazard pullout that, self-serving
While Republicans routinely call Democrats “Marxists,” it’s been taboo for Democrats and the American mainstream media to brand Trump and his followers “fascists.”Why is that?The F-word is widely considered over-the-top name-calling, too redolent of Hitler, and risks triggering white-right Twitter trolls or even vigilantism . . . as Democrats instead usually confine their critique of the right to more academic words like authoritarian and stick to their preference for policy over polemics.