Now that we are getting the second and third level dissections of Campaign 2014 from thoughtful Democratic analysts, we thought it would be a good time for a review. The starting point for the post-election discussion amounted to efforts to reassure dispirited Democrats that the 2014 election was typically unique and 2016 would be different, but nearly all of the Democratic Party strategists who have weighed in have warned against dismissing the dramatic defeat. And broadly speaking, nearly all have the same recommendations to fix things before the 2016 election.
By now we have heard from Celinda Lake, Mark Mellman (twice), Democracy Corps (twice), Mike Lux (twice), Ruy Teixeira and John Halpin, Senator Chuck Schumer, William Galston (twice), James Vega, and CenteredPolitics. Our goal here is to put all of these analyses in the same place seeking out … Read the rest]]>
On Meet the Press last Sunday, Chuck Todd asked Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) why he believes Democrats will do better than expectations in the upcoming election. Senator Schumer, one of the leading voices for the Democratic message in this cycle, gave three reasons starting with a familiar list of economic policies, including increasing the minimum wage, equal pay for women and tax reform so corporations are not rewarded for shipping jobs overseas.
“First and foremost, economic issues predominate… the average voter, every poll shows far and away, cares most about economic issues. They tend to be for the Democrats when economic issues like minimum wage, like equal pay for women, like not sending jobs overseas predominate.” (His other two reasons were the Democrats superior ground game and the alternative choice Republicans are offering).
Democrats all across the country are running on a similar set of economic proposals:
Yoga’s Eight Stages
Stephanie Studler: Asana is actually the third stage in Patanjali’s system. The first is yama and the second is niyama. If the practitioner wishes to obtain the mental harmony that yoga provides……
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For years now we have offered our political advice from this platform, but now is the time to put ourselves on the line. We are driving to Lexington Kentucky where Allan Rivlin is taking the position of Campaign Manager for Elisabeth Jensen for Congress. Why? Because Elisabeth is a great candidate and this is a top potential Democratic House pick-up that also supports Alison Lundergan Grimes’ in her senate campaign to knock off Mitch McConnell.
Elisabeth Jensen is a Kentucky mom and we all know Kentucky moms get more done before noon than the GOP Congress gets done in a year. Elisabeth was the first to jump on Mitch McConnell’s dis-Kynect (no Mitch, Kentucky cannot keep the popular Kynect healthcare marketplace if you repeal Obamacare) landing her national attention on MSNBC and linking her more closely to McConnell’s opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes. Elisabeth has been an executive at Disney and … Read the rest]]>
The Buddha sat under the Bodhi tree and meditated on the meaning of life for 49 days, and after awakening, he reunited with his companions who would become his disciples and gave his first teaching on the Four Noble Truths. The First Noble Truth is the existence of suffering or discomfort (dukkha). Everyone gets sick; everyone grows old; and eventually everyone dies — and we often experience discomfort whether our lives are deprived or priveleged. The Buddha also taught that much of our suffering comes from our attempts to turn our attention away from these facts by chasing false comfort in an uncomfortable world – through pursuit of wealth, fame, sex, fantasy, alcohol, drugs and other empty distractions.
The First Noble Truth of Politics is Frustration. Anyone who makes the choice to care about politics knows the frustrations that take the form of an opposition that never sees the light … Read the rest]]>
The First Noble Truth of politics is frustration.
Politics is inherently, profoundly, maddeningly frustrating for all of us. Anyone who makes the choice to care at all about politics knows the frustration of losing a major election and seeing the other side take control of the agenda. If you have been around for any length of time you have also learned that winning a major election leads to frustration as well, as the elected leaders disappoint and the opposition continues to block major progress. (Obama supporters, does this sound familiar?)
There are all kinds of structural reasons for this including:
1) The checks and balances built into our political system,
2) The organic pendulum swing in voter enthusiasm,
3) The differences between campaigning (relatively easy) and governing (relatively hard),
4) The impossibility of reaching policy consensus in a large pluralistic population.
5) The inherent tension in a capitalist democracy (between … Read the rest]]>
Practical Chakra Balancing Progress, Spiritual Weightlifting and You
Real Magic on the Street: There are many web pages for working with your Chakras, unfortunately many sites seem to skip many of the details or give a very academic answer. I hope in this blog to give you many more of the practical details, and more so, what to expect.… Read the rest]]>
The problems with the launch of the Affordable Care Act have always been far less severe than Republicans have been saying but quite a lot worse than many Democrats fully realize. This has never been just about a bad website, and it is not going to be all better as soon as the glitches are fixed. The truth is, had there been a perfect website and first month roll-out, the uphill campaign to make this law popular would nonetheless still be going on for years – and there are structural reasons for this that could be understood from the polling before the law was passed. As the nation reached near consensus that there was a problem, there was never any such agreement on the specific solution.
In speaking about Iraq before the US invasion in 2002 General Colin Powell was famous for quoting the pottery store rule, “you break … Read the rest]]>
We saw the Republican self-inflicted wounds coming for months and then the Democrats celebrated their advantage by shooting themselves in the foot. It is difficult to say which party is now in worse shape because the problems on both sides so fundamentally challenge each side’s reason for existence. Republicans squandered any claim they had to being the party of fiscal responsibility by paying hundreds of thousands of federal workers to stay home, damaging the economy and worse. Now the pro-business wing of the GOP is waking up to the fact that the insurgent wing may hold a reckless disregard for what is in the best interests of the “job creators.” On the other side, the party that believes government can do more to make people’s lives better fumbled the debut of the most ambitious new government program in memory. Now both sides would rather talk about the other side’s … Read the rest]]>
Speaker of the House, John Boehner called the play in the huddle. Boehner told all of his House Republican Caucus on a conference call that there will not be a shutdown of the federal government in order to defund The Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare. In any normal time, such a direct statement from the Speaker would mean there will not be a shutdown of the federal government in order to defund ObamaCare, but these are not normal times and the question remains: Does the Speaker have enough clout and enough votes to enforce his decision?
Boehner was making a statement designed to signal his resolve but it came amid other statements of resolve to oppose him from several leading Republican senators including Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, as well as influential organizations like the Club for Growth and Heritage Foundation. And (here is Boehner’s problem) 80 Republican Congressional Representatives … Read the rest]]>