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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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November 15, 2011

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November 13, 2011

Republicans at Wednesday‘s debate displayed a remarkable ignorance, or extremism, regarding the purpose of government regulation. 

November 11, 2011

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November 4, 2011

The unifying theme behind his foreign policy advisers seems to be Republican partisanship.

November 3, 2011

Cain’s campaign has been accused of accepting nearly $40,000 in campaign donations from Prosperity USA, a Wisconsin, a nonprofit co-founded by Cain's chief of staff, Mark Block, who has a track record of questionable campaign fundraising.

November 2, 2011

Mark Block helped elect Scott Walker and promoted Paul Ryan’s assault on seniors. Now his own history of political wrongdoing is being exposed.

November 2, 2011

Rick Santorum, father of a disabled child, would be a terrible president for people with disabilities. 

November 2, 2011

Mark Block, who is all over the media defending his boss against allegations of sexual harassment, has his own scandal-plagued past.

November 1, 2011