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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

 Bachmann claims that a state individual health insurance mandate, not just the federal one, is unconstitutional. 

September 30, 2011

Right-wing group pressures Republicans to oppose any effort to impose tariffs on countries that manipulate currency in order to achieve economic dominance.

September 29, 2011

The Republican base is just as likely to be outraged by a decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. 

September 28, 2011

As governor of Texas and a candidate for president, Perry has proposed to turn Medicaid into a block grant program. That would be devastating for people with disabilities. 

September 26, 2011

Progressives sign a call for antiwar, anticorporate Democrats to mount primary campaigns to challenge Obama and the politics of compromise.

September 24, 2011

As the Fox News/Google debate made clear, the Republican primary is devolving into an absurd contest over which candidate for government office will destroy government most.

September 22, 2011

Is the DC media really this confused about public opinion on taxing millionaires?

September 22, 2011

The Texas Governor addressed pro-Israel activists in New York, telling them he would be a stauncher ally than President Obama.

September 20, 2011

The leading Republican presidential candidates reacted swiftly with dishonest and ideological claims to President Obama’s plan to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion.

September 20, 2011

She's been relentlessly hammering Perry over the seemingly minor issue. What's up with that?

September 19, 2011