American Politics in a Nutshell

Christopher Ingraham points out that conservatives are, of course, dead wrong about this, but it explains quite a bit about American politics. Particularly when you consider who conservatives think the poor people are, the racial angle here jumps out. Read more from Pew’s awesome new political typology report.

AL-07: That Time Uber-Safe Terri Sewell Voted Against All the Environmental Things

One line of pushback we’ve heard against the Primary Colors strategy of targeting errant safe-seat Democrats for primaries is that most of the safe Democrats are with us on most things, and it’s not worth spending money that could be spent on beating Republicans on primary challenges to moderately crappy Democrats. We disagree! Case in […]

What Progressives Should Learn From Dave Brat’s Inspiring Defeat of Eric Cantor

Getting past the gleeful schadenfreude we’re all enjoying this morning, the big takeaway from no-name economics professor Dave Brat’s defeat of House Republican second-in-command Eric Cantor in VA-7 is that the Tea Party has been great at winning strategic victories that increase their own power, at the expense of the Republican Party’s power to actually govern. […]