In this week’s Nation John Nichols asks, in “Incoherent Democrats,” how it is possible that voters could support progressive policies on refereda and then vote for Republicans who, in most cases, will stand opposed to those agenda items — as happened in Arkansas, Alaska, Nebraska, South Dakota, Massachusetts, Texas, and Wisconsin. Continue reading
In What’s the Matter with Kansas? (2004), Thomas Frank asked why so many Americans continue to vote against their own interests. I find myself asking that same question today, in light of the Republican tsunami that swept across the country on November 4th.
Election Day 2014 was a bad night for Democrats. It was disappointing for me personally, since I lost my bid for the Delaware State Senate, despite having a large base of energized supporters, having spent almost two years tirelessly pursuing the latest in campaign “best practices,” and having raised more money than anyone else in the county. But I take solace in the fact that it wasn’t just me. Every single Democrat who had an opponent lost in my county. Continue reading