Lance Selfa

  • The Etch A Sketch candidate?

    According to the Republican right, Mitt Romney will abandon conservatism like a shaken-up Etch A Sketch. They're wrong about that, too.

  • Can we get money out of politics?

    Can campaign finance reform laws transform U.S. politics, or are they doomed to be evaded by corporate interests?

  • The Republicans' working-class hero?

    The media is deceptively claiming that Rick Santorum is mainly supported by working-class whites who share his socially conservative views.

  • The Republican bigotry contest

    The Republican primaries are getting underway--in a race in which the candidates have gone out of their way to take the most extreme right-wing positions.

  • Election Day victories for our side

    The resounding defeats of an Ohio anti-union law and Mississippi anti-abortion measure were signs of a new political mood shaped by Occupy.

  • Barack Obama, class warrior?

    The "real" Barack Obama is the one who wants cuts in the social safety net--and the "class warrior" is a costume he dons for election campaigns.

  • Rule of the minority

    The deal on the debt ceiling accomplished the opposite of what most Americans want, according to polls. Why is a vocal minority dominating mainstream politics?

  • The monster behind a media empire

    An ever-widening scandal is engulfing the empire of billionaire Rupert Murdoch--one of the vilest entitles ever to pollute the media landscape.

  • The great Tea Party masquerade

    A new book systematically dismantles the idea that the Tea Party represents a genuine independent political movement.

  • Chávez and the Arab dictators

    Why are the savage crackdowns against democracy movements in Libya and Syria getting support from Venezuela's Hugo Chávez?

  • Steering the struggle toward the ballot box

    Organized labor's commitment to the Democrats has come at a steep cost to the unions' ability to advance even basic working-class politics.

  • The "debate" is how deep to cut

    Get ready for talk of a federal government shutdown because of differences over the budget to drag on for weeks.

  • Obama's back in business

    It's no coincidence that media praise for Barack Obama's recent performance coincides with a White House charm offensive toward big business.

  • Obama's chief of making business happy

    Corporate America is praising William Daley as a White House chief of staff who will "understand us." But it's hard to see how he's much of a change.

  • A blueprint for the cuts to come

    Barack Obama's deficit commission issued a report recommending unprecedented austerity measures that will serve as a model for future budget proposals.

  • Did America turn right?

    The media's conventional wisdom is that the results of Election 2010 represent vast public support for the Tea Party's right-wing message. They got it wrong.

  • Is America a right-wing country?

    The emergence of the Tea Partiers and the looming GOP victory in November has led to a revival of the idea that the U.S. population is basically conservative.

  • The coming Democratic wipeout?

    The Democrats can expect a beating in the November congressional elections--and they have only themselves to blame for it.

  • Does the right have a future?

    Conservatives shouldn't bank on the Tea Party corralling another generation of support for pro-business policies like the New Right of the 1970s did.

  • Creep of staff

    Depending on who's talking, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is either a "saboteur" undercutting Barack Obama's liberalism or a voice of realism.

  • A tea party tidal wave?

    In contrast to the sense of hope about Obama a year ago, political momentum is with conservatives today. But does this mean that America is turning right?

  • Will the right rise again?

    The tea partiers celebrated their "movement" at a convention in Nashville, but is this really a sign that the right wing is on the ascendancy?

  • How the Democrats blew it

    Last year, the Democrats were celebrating the biggest governing majority in a generation. This year, they're worried about getting crushed in the next election.

  • How did this guy win?

    Republican Scott Brown--who vows to be the "41st vote" to defeat health care legislation--beat a panicked Democratic Party in liberal Massachusetts.

  • The liberals fall in line

    The chorus of liberal opinion selling pro-corporate health care legislation as an acceptable compromise with political "realism" is growing louder.