Facing the quarter century Democratic Party disaster

Sam Smith – Buried in the second to last paragraph of a Washington Post story on its new poll with ABC that found Trump having only a 42% approval rating, was one of the most stunning survey results seen in years: The new survey finds 46 percent saying they voted for Clinton and 43 percent … Continue reading Facing the quarter century Democratic Party disaster

Why the Democratic establishment should dump Clinton

Sam Smith - Based on reality rather than preferences, the establishment backing Hillary Clinton seems to have picked the wrong candidate. Here are a few reasons why: She's not making new friends. In fact support for her has dropped during the campaign. For example, last July CNN reported that "Looking ahead to the general election, … Continue reading Why the Democratic establishment should dump Clinton

The making of Bill Clinton

Sam Smith Shadows of Hope 1994 When millions of Americans first saw Bill Clinton on television, he bored them. While nominating Michael Dukakis at the 1988 Democratic convention, Clinton talked so long the crowd started interrupting, yelling "We want Mike." According to biographers Charles Allen and Jonathan Portis, "It was clear to television viewers that … Continue reading The making of Bill Clinton

How the Koch brothers helped dismantle the Democratic Party

Sam Smith For over 20 years I have reported on the mostly unnoted role played by the Democratic Leadership Council dismantling the Democratic Party, disconnecting it from its New Deal and Great Society past and turning it into Republican Lite. For example, in a 1992 book on Clinton, I wrote: In 1988, the 1992 play … Continue reading How the Koch brothers helped dismantle the Democratic Party

How Mad Men control politics

  Sam Smith At the presidential level at least, politics as we were taught to understand and admire it is dead. A major cause, of course, has been the financial assault on democracy best characterized by the Citizens United decision. But there is another factor: the replacement of a candidate’s record, history and positions with … Continue reading How Mad Men control politics

Hillary Clinton: Thriving in the gap between criminal law and political integrity

Sam Smith - A key point being missed in the latest Clinton scandal is the difference between criminal law and political integrity. In recent decades, beginning with Watergate, we have increasingly favored the former as the standard for the latter, a trend the Clintons have repeatedly used to their advantage. Thus, since Bill Clinton was … Continue reading Hillary Clinton: Thriving in the gap between criminal law and political integrity

Hillary Clinton: the post modern and the real

Sam Smith More than a few of Hillary Clinton’s supporters remind me of Mormons or Scientologists in that their faith is considered infinitely more important than any facts. And if you sully that faith with facts, then – just as the way critics of Israel are so quickly dubbed anti-Semitic – you become a “Clinton … Continue reading Hillary Clinton: the post modern and the real

The secret they won’t tell you

Sam Smith  The CIA’s criminal and anti-American torture activities is far from the only secret Washington has kept from the rest of the country. One of the biggest  is that the dismantling of New Deal and Great Society politics by GOP Lite Democrats such as Clinton and Obama has been disaster. The Republicans won’t tell … Continue reading The secret they won’t tell you