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The Orrin Hatch campaign is done--
Kaput at last, without a doubt.
And now, perhaps, could someone please
Explain what that was all about?

As I travel across the country, I am often asked why progressives should support Bill Bradley for President, as I do.

If politics got real, the debate on campaign finance reform would focus on how ordinary citizens can acquire a measure of power in America's money-drenched democracy.

As the first voting of the 2000 presidential election approaches, in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries, public disinterest is palpable.

I watched these presidential hopefuls join
Together for debating in Des Moines,
And many times I heard allegiance sworn
To Jesus and to babies not quite born.

The records show, as you have heard,
McCain is not a cuckoo bird.
Yes, he's OK. That's no surprise.
Now how about the other guys?

The last remaining superpower
Might get a leader who would tower
Above a smallish premier of Japan.
The Third World wouldn't be euphoric

CORRECTION (from the Dec. 27 issue): In Micah L. Sifry's "Public Citizen No. 1" [Dec. 20], Carl Mayer, although he is among those urging Nader to run, was incorrectly identified as a member of the Draft Nader Committee. Also, the town of Amherst is in Wisconsin, not Michigan.

A version of this article also appeared in Salon magazine.

Imprisonment and torture are the sort
Of things that might just drive a person daft.
So just in case that happened to McCain,

The candidates are constantly reviewed.
The questions raised by analysts include:
Will Pat Buchanan matter as a mauler?

Blogs

Revelations about how his aides and allies played retribution politics reinforce concerns about the Republican governor's presidential prospects.

January 8, 2014

Despite all the spin about his “reform-minded” independence, the 2016 contender is a entirely predictable political careerist.

November 26, 2013

The independent senator is a reluctant prospect. But he says the times demand a progressive alternative to politics as usual.

November 19, 2013

Democrats need to embrace the senator’s populist policies and rhetoric.

November 12, 2013

The governor thinks his victory will take him far down the presidential trail. Don’t bet on it.

November 6, 2013

In return for allowing the debt ceiling to rise, House Republicans are promoting the agenda voters rejected in 2012.

September 26, 2013

Amend the Constitution so that all citizens can seek the presidency.

August 20, 2013

With vetoes, New Jersey’s governor indicates that he is looking out for himself in the 2016 primaries instead of his constituents. 

August 19, 2013

Wisconsin governor kicks off his 2016 presidential bid by ordering homestate dissenters arrested and ticketed—for singing.

July 29, 2013

A new study highlights the vital role high African-American turnout played in 2012. Activists say voters were “outraged and energized” over threats to voting rights. Both parties should take notice.

April 29, 2013