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

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

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

Obama: A commercial rather than a president

Sam Smith When I head that Barack Obama "looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality,” I realized what has always bothered me about Obama: he’s a commercial, not a president. He’s like one of those things that pops up on your Internet screen when you think … Continue reading Obama: A commercial rather than a president

Obama’s hat trick of failures

Sam Smith, 2013 Obama’s three great failures – Obamacare, the NSA scandal and Common Core - share some things deep in common. They represent the triumph of obsession with data, systems, process and unsupported theory over empirical wisdom, decency, humanity, democracy and community. And each is driven more by its economic advantage to a few … Continue reading Obama’s hat trick of failures

Why the Obama Birth Certificate Story Won’t Go Away

SAM SMITH January 2011 Just because a story shouldn’t matter doesn’t mean that it won’t. A case in point is the controversy about Barack Obama’s birthplace. The standard liberal response to this issue has been to dismiss those questioning the president’s place of birth as wing nuts. The problem is that, as Hawaii’s new governor … Continue reading Why the Obama Birth Certificate Story Won’t Go Away

Barack Obama: Our first Common Core president

Sam Smith As I was reading about Common Core standards I suddenly realized why Barack Obama likes this weird stuff so much: he is a Common Core exemplar, our first Common Core president. To play the Common Corista's game you need to handle facts, evaluate texts, achieve increased levels of complexity, have a progressive development … Continue reading Barack Obama: Our first Common Core president

Obamacare: the good, the bad, the unpredictable & the dangerously unknown

Sam Smith, 2012 - If you're having a hard time figuring out what the real status of Obamacare is, don't feel badly What you are seeing in the current news coverage and debate is another reflection of of the dysfunctional state of our leadership class, a dysfunction driven in no small part by the fact … Continue reading Obamacare: the good, the bad, the unpredictable & the dangerously unknown