The Center-Left’s Very Big Mess — and Its Potential Savior

by Alex Knepper Right now, no candidate in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination has a plausible path to winning a majority of delegates. Assuming the clear winner of a plurality vote is the person to beat going into a brokered convention, however, it's unquestionably Bernie Sanders's shoes you'd like to be in -- … Continue reading The Center-Left’s Very Big Mess — and Its Potential Savior

Dear America: Please Take the Keys Away From Iowa’s Political Drunks

by Alex Knepper After investing nine figures of money, tens of thousands of hours of time, and endless resources of party talent, organization, and attention, the 2020 Democratic Iowa caucus is in Fyre Fest-style shambles, everyone is seething with anger, and the event is on track to turn out to have been a gigantic waste … Continue reading Dear America: Please Take the Keys Away From Iowa’s Political Drunks

Total Ideological War and the Plot to Frame the Bidens: Part II

by Alex Knepper When the impeachment saga began, I described the thought process behind the bizarre and debased behavior of the Republican Party under Donald Trump and his apologists: In a word: the right more-or-less understands itself as either having lost the culture war or as decisively losing it. The left’s victory, in this perspective, … Continue reading Total Ideological War and the Plot to Frame the Bidens: Part II

What Does Elizabeth Warren Think She’s Doing?

by Alex Knepper Elizabeth Warren wants to win. She wants the nomination; she doesn't want 'a progressive' to get the nomination; she's in it to win it, and she intends to put everything on the table before conceding. Given the new standards for the age of presidential contenders, this might not be her last national … Continue reading What Does Elizabeth Warren Think She’s Doing?

Pete Buttigieg Is a Phony and Progressives Shouldn’t Vote for Him

by Alex Knepper It is almost impossible to overstate how addicted are Democrats to 'Kennedyesque' pretty-boy charisma. Since 2000 alone, from John Edwards to Barack Obama to Beto O'Rourke, drastically underqualified presidential candidates have been showered with praise and hype by primary voters for embodying the essence of what Democrats idealize in the presidency: exuberant … Continue reading Pete Buttigieg Is a Phony and Progressives Shouldn’t Vote for Him

Why We Need Total Student Debt Forgiveness and Universal College Now

by Alex Knepper It is almost impossible to convey how wretchedly awful the arguments against student loan forgiveness are until the entire nexus of deception is unraveled and every illusion is laid bare. Student loan forgiveness is thought by some on the right to be a particularly thorny issue for the left, perhaps the epitome … Continue reading Why We Need Total Student Debt Forgiveness and Universal College Now

Alex’s Pop Music Vault: 10 Years of Rihanna’s ‘Rated R’

by Alex Knepper Rated R is Rihanna's Blackout. It's nocturnal, aggressive, slightly sinister, and comes from a place of genuine emotional desperation and an exhaustion with everyone's expectations of her. From the album cover, we can tell what the attitude of this record is going to be: in the metallic close-up of her face, Rihanna, … Continue reading Alex’s Pop Music Vault: 10 Years of Rihanna’s ‘Rated R’

Alex’s Pop Music Vault: Rihanna – ‘Love Without Tragedy/Mother Mary’

by Alex Knepper As I'm coming up on 30, I think it would be a fun project to chronicle some of the best songs I have come across over the years in my typically-gay obsession with melodic pop sung by women. I don't claim any great original taste in this department, but my curation of … Continue reading Alex’s Pop Music Vault: Rihanna – ‘Love Without Tragedy/Mother Mary’