... before he helps Donald Trump become president
America has got a lot more right-wing sadists than it does happy-go-lucky millennials
Bernie Sanders has a dream. He wants to create an America that provides free higher education to all, never drops another bomb and ends the war on drugs. He wants to keep the government from reading our emails, cut pollution by 80 per cent and dismantle Wall Street brick-by-brick.
You've got to admit, that's an incredible dream. And when Bernie goes to dance with the sugarplum fairies in the clouds every night, all these lofty political goals probably feel like they're within reach. But here on planet earth, his utopian vision for America reads more like a dime store sci-fi novel. read more
He'd have to win unprecedented shares of the very kinds of voters who hate him: blacks, Latinos, and women.
But before we get there, we have to answer a simple question. How will Donald Trump improve on Mitt Romney's campaign for president? What will he win that Romney lost? read more
But can they win with Trump?
In January 2014, I wrote a post called "The Democratic Party's uphill path to 270 electoral votes in 2016." I noted that, contrary to some conventional wisdom, the broader fundamentals of the presidential election actually favored the GOP.
If we assume that economic growth in 2016 will resemble that of 2015 and that President Obama's rating in June will be where it is now -- about 50 percent -- then it's actually Republicans who should have the edge: about a 60 percent chance of winning.
Regardless, this was supposed to be a race that the GOP could win. What is striking, then, is how pessimistic many observers are: read more
For the first time since his own presidency, George H.W. Bush is planning to stay silent in the race for the Oval Office -- and the younger former president Bush plans to stay silent as well.
Bush 41, who enthusiastically endorsed every Republican nominee for the past five election cycles, will stay out of the campaign process this time. He does not have plans to endorse presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, spokesman Jim McGrath told The Texas Tribune. read more
No more Lyin' Ted -- with the path to the nomination clear, both Trump and the GOP know the fun and games are over. So what do they do now?
On the night he got everything he said he wanted, Donald Trump looked miserable.
The fun and games were finally over for Trump, and he knew it.
No longer the insurgent outsider, he's now faced with a choice. He can continue to be himself, peddling conspiracy theories and insulting every foe with the sophistication of a preteen mean girl. Or he can start acting like a statesman and risk losing the people who love him the way he is. read more