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So after the excitement fades,
We end up with the norm:
Both candidates are regulars
Who say they're for reform.

On the morning after, people awoke to the drear prospect of "gush and bore" for the next six months, and excitement flew out the window.

Progressives are really grasping at straws these days. First we're supposed to get excited because Ralph Nader is running for President as a Green.

In Kennebunk, land of the Bushes,
The men of the cloth all wore tweed.
And one didn't meet any Christians
Like Robertson, Falwell and Reed.

Ralph Nader is running for President, and a fair number of progressives are excited by the prospect. They should be.

We mutter adieu now to Steve,
Who finally decided to leave.
We thought he might never be done
With buying his place in the sun.

By now most of us accept as almost inevitable the idea that education, meaning school reform and access to college, is at or near the top of the political agenda, both in the states and in the na

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Farewell, adieu to Gary Bauer.
We never thought that you'd be our
Next President. Too small. Too sour.
The countryside we'd have to scour

It was the last question at the last New Hampshire town meeting for Bill Bradley.

Blogs

Be very, very careful about the proliferating arguments that demographics show that Republicans are on their way out for good.

February 4, 2013

If the state GOP's effort to reconfigure electoral college tallying would have been law last year, hundreds of thousands of black voters would have waited hours in line for nothing. 

January 30, 2013

The Republican National Committee votes to retain its chairman, whose plan to renew the party is… cheating.

January 28, 2013

Name and shame those who would rig elections, embrace the popular vote, challenge gerrymandering.

January 25, 2013

By changing the distribution of electoral votes to rely on results of gerrymandered congressional districts, Priebus plan would game the system for GOP.

January 14, 2013

Mitt Romney deserved a Faye Dunaway Award for his “Make me president! Don’t make me president!” ambivalence.

December 27, 2012

The Speaker's own House Repulicans abandoned him in the Plan B vote. But the American people already abandoned Boehner and the Republicans on November 6.

December 21, 2012

Elections administrators gathered for a hearing before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary to unpack some of the shenanigans from last month.

December 20, 2012

Forty percent of voters didn’t participate last month. A new report outlines who they are, and why they didn’t cast a ballot. 

December 19, 2012

Your humble cartoonist goes crazy trying to catalog a year's worth of crazy.

December 17, 2012