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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

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

What happens when a nonpartisan newspaper reveals unflattering information about a Republican?

November 1, 2011

It’s time we took Herman Cain seriously and interrogated his unserious plans and assertions. 

October 27, 2011

Perry's first television commercial is all about his favorite topic: unleashing the energy industry. 

October 26, 2011

The vice president actually "gets it." He likes unions and working people. He's on message and the rest of the Obama administration should recognize just how necessary that message is going to be for 2012.

October 20, 2011

Bachmann is criticizing the front-runners in the hopes of getting more attention. Here are some questions she could be asked at Tuesday’s debate in Las Vegas.

October 17, 2011

Signing new deals with South Korea, Panama and Colombia is bad economics and bad politics.

October 12, 2011

Republican presidential candidates initially attacked the protesters at Occupy Wall Street. Now they say they understand their grievances, but it's nothing a tax cut won't fix. 

October 11, 2011