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The Not-Yet-Emerging Democratic Majority

What is to become of the Democratic Party? The world's oldest political party, which traces its roots to 1792, is in as dire straits as it has ever been. It has lost a presidential election most of its followers expected to win. It failed to win a Senate majority, gaining just two seats in a ...

Engagement, intervention are key to addressing drug addiction

As we are well aware, our communities are not void of a variety of illicit drugs.  We are not immune to drug addiction and drug overdose incidents.  Police officers, medical responders, health care facilities and courts are dealing with drug-related problems and people on a daily ...

Maybe we aren’t alarmist enough

A few days ago, a black woman I know got a text from a friend who asked what she’d be wearing “to the slave auction in January.” Another friend, who is white, wrote that she is “seriously picturing trains to Auschwitz. I can’t convey how seriously.” These are the kinds of ...

Time to ditch the Electoral College?

WASHINGTON — For the second time in the last four presidential elections, the candidate who won the popular vote has been denied the Oval Office for failing achieve an Electoral College majority. Hillary Clinton lost in this fashion earlier this month, as Al Gore did in 2000. A mild outcry ...

Sexism? Misogyny? So Last Week

In the months leading up to the presidential election, the media coverage was full of references to the perils of running while female. A few headlines from this fall: PBS: “The hidden sexism that could sway the election.” The Atlantic: “Fear of a Female Candidate.” Fortune: ...

To paraphrase Obama: We won, you lost, deal with it

Three years ago when Republicans were battling President Obama over the debt ceiling and a government shutdown, the president said, “You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election.” That is what Republicans ...

We need new Democratic Party

It is time for a new Democratic Party. The old Democratic Party has become a giant fundraising machine, too often reflecting the goals and values of the moneyed interests. It has been taken over by Washington-based bundlers, analysts and pollsters who have focused on raising campaign money ...

Clinton’s dishonesty cost Midwest — and election

Hillary Clinton lost the election in the Midwest. Donald Trump won 50 Midwestern electoral votes that went to Barack Obama in 2012 — Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio — plus 20 more in Pennsylvania, where the two-thirds of voters beyond metro Philadelphia are Midwestern in culture and ...

Presidency could be heading into post-dignity era

In Dr. Mardy’s weekly column, this is what he said about dignity and the office of the president.  He is a psychologist, a quotation anthologist, and the founder of “Dr. Mardy’s Dictionary of Metaphorical Quotations” (DMDMDQ), the world’s largest online database of metaphorical ...

Big problems remain after fallout from election

As the post-election shock of some, and the euphoria of others, both begin to wear off, the country and the new administration will have some very serious problems to face, at home and abroad. How those problems are faced — or evaded — will tell us a lot about the next four years, and about ...

Is Steve Bannon really that bad?

If you’d never heard of Steve Bannon before Tuesday, you have now. All the world is suddenly abuzz with news that President-elect Donald Trump has named Bannon, formerly executive chairman at the right-wing website Breitbart News, as his chief White House strategist and senior ...

Democrats’ postmortems must start with reality check

In spite of the inconvenient fact that when all the votes cast have been tallied (probably in early December) Hillary Clinton could turn out to have won the national popular vote by close to 2 million votes, Donald Trump did in fact win an impressive victory Nov. 8 and will become the 45th ...

Fool pulls ‘Dewey defeats Truman’

I was so dumb last week. I wrote my column Tuesday — before election results were in. I assumed Hillary Clinton would be president-elect. I looked so stupid. On Facebook, commenters pounced: You owe Trump an apology! I’m sorry for the lies you continued about him! You were never fair! ...

Koch connection taking over states

Tug on any right-wing thread in America and you’ll most likely find that it’s tied to the multi-billionaire Koch boys, Charles and David. While the brothers are infamous for funneling hundreds of millions of campaign dollars to presidential, congressional and gubernatorial politicos willing ...

It’s mourning time in America

It’s not that America has never been a disappointment before. It’s not that America has never been an embarrassment. But nowhere in modern memory — not at Abu Ghraib, not in the 2000 election debacle, not in the Monica Lewinsky scandal — has it been as much of a disappointment and ...

Real-life reality starts to set in on Trumpworld

WASHINGTON — As the shock of Donald Trump’s election settles in, an uneasy electorate faces the reality of a shattered American politics. With the executive branch falling to a loose cannon driven by impulse, the nation is headed for a threateningly authoritarian era. Trump exudes the ...

No, let’s not congratulate him

Don’t ask us to congratulate him. Not today. Not this week. Not ever, probably. He stands for so much of what we’d dared to hope was behind us as a country. Bigotry, misogyny, xenophobia. He spewed it with reckless abandon, and now he is going to be our next president. Of ...

Trump has opportunity to change political narrative

NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s impressive victory in Tuesday’s election offers him a rare opportunity to change the narrative. Secular progressive policies at home and abroad are not working. The establishment has had its chance — multiple chances, in fact — to fix things, but it has ...

Obama paved way for Clinton’s defeat

While many are starting to grasp the enormity of Donald Trump's victory, few seem interested in coming to grips with the significance of Hillary Clinton's defeat.It's understandable, for several reasons. Pretty much everyone was shocked by his victory, but liberals clearly are still in one of ...

The Cuisinart Paradox in Minds of Republicans

My feelings this morning after the election are so radically mixed that my brain resembles a Cuisinart. I cannot help but be glad that Hillary Clinton was defeated. I am shaking my head in amazement about the Senate, and accordingly about the Supreme Court.The election results feel like a ...