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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.

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Short answer: Yes, but…

November 17, 2012

Here are ten lessons from an election season in which voting itself was hotly debated.

November 16, 2012

Post-election gripes about “urban areas” and “gifts” should discredit the 2012 GOP ticket.

November 15, 2012

Despite what Republican strategists may say, Marco Rubio and a more moderate immigration policy are not a silver-bullet solution to the GOP’s racial demographic problem. 

November 14, 2012

A critique of the wider media mishandling of election news and trends has been rather muted.

November 14, 2012

The Voting Rights Act is, in some ways, living on borrowed time. 

November 14, 2012

Ryan: “I don’t think we lost it on those budget issues, especially on Medicare.” Yes they did. 

November 14, 2012

One week after Obama’s re-election, the work of social and economic justice movements is as clear as ever. 

November 13, 2012

Will the Republican fantasy bubble ever burst?

November 13, 2012

The irony of the final count from the 2012 election is that the GOP nominee will finish with 47 percent. Perhaps he shouldn’t have tried to divide and conquer.

November 13, 2012