Super Tuesday 2020: What to Look for As the Results Come In

by Alex Knepper Apparently the center-left has learned something from the Trump 2016 trainwreck after all. After the Nevada caucuses, it looked as though the Democrats were headed down the same path as the Republicans in 2016, whereby a hopelessly divided center-left was unable to coalesce around a single candidate in time to stop a … Continue reading Super Tuesday 2020: What to Look for As the Results Come In

Why Bernie? Why Now? Our New ‘Time for Choosing’

by Alex Knepper That the center-left is hopelessly divided in the 2020 presidential primary -- which has become something of my catchphrase for the unfolding shape of the contest -- is not an accident. The center-left is tired, ideologically and intellectually exhausted, fully accommodated to Reaganism -- and cannot prevent recurring outbreaks of fascism-lite a … Continue reading Why Bernie? Why Now? Our New ‘Time for Choosing’

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?

Total Ideological War and the Plot to Frame the Bidens

by Alex Knepper With half of the electorate now in support of impeaching him, fake president Donald Trump has finally taken the nihilistic logic of his political tactics -- which consist mostly of malicious trolling of the opposition to fluster it into shooting itself in the foot -- to its apotheosis. The more heinous the … Continue reading Total Ideological War and the Plot to Frame the Bidens

The Case Against Elizabeth Warren’s Critics

by Alex Knepper If you told me four years ago that I'd be supporting Elizabeth Warren for president, I'd have rolled over with laughter: the woman is a demagogue, I said; she demonizes big business and pits American against American. No politician's victory in the 2012 election cycle frustrated me so much. I was wrong. … Continue reading The Case Against Elizabeth Warren’s Critics