Norman Solomon

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Freshman Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York is alarming some Democrats by pushing the party to the left. (Photo: AP) Views
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Democrats Are Afraid Of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Too. And That’s A Good Thing.
In the last few days, both Politico and the New York Times have reported that freshman Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has ruffled the feathers of fellow congressional Democrats. Chief among the reasons for the tension? Ocasio-Cortez’s apparent support for progressive primary challenges...
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Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) during a debate with Sen. Ted Cruz during this year's campaign. Views
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Beto, We Hardly Knew Ye
News media tell us that Beto O’Rourke has reached the top tier of potential contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. CNN polls now rank him in third place—behind only Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders— among likely Iowa caucusgoers as well as among Democrats nationwide . Progressives...
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Tuesday, December 04, 2018
What It Means That Hillary Clinton Might Run for President in 2020
Twenty-five years ago—when I wrote a book titled “False Hope: The Politics of Illusion in the Clinton Era”—I didn’t expect that the Democratic Party would still be mired in Clintonism two and a half decades later. But such approaches to politics continue to haunt the party and the country. The last...
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Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Democratic Party "Leadership" Is Upside Down
When Democrats take control of the House in early January, they’ll have two kinds of leadership—one from the top of the party’s power pyramid, the other from its base. With formal control, Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer can brandish huge carrots and sticks to keep Democratic lawmakers in line. With...
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California speaking in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo: Charlie Neibergall / AP) Views
Friday, November 16, 2018
The ‘Pelosi Problem’ Runs Deep
Nancy Pelosi will probably be the next House speaker, a prospect that fills most alert progressives with disquiet, if not dread. But instead of fixating on her as a villain, progressives should recognize the long-standing House Democratic leader as a symptom of a calcified party hierarchy that has...
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autopsy Views
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Democratic Autopsy: One Year Later
In October 2017, a team of progressive researchers published “ Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis ,” which probed the causes of the disastrous 2016 election defeat. The report came in the wake of the party leadership’s failure to do its own autopsy. In a cover story for The Nation , William...
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Un village français, a French tv series, focuses on a fictional rural community that endures a tightening vise of German control for more than four years. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Tangled in the Garden of Good and Evil
The most widely acclaimed TV series ever about the Nazi occupation of France is a relentless epic with little use for the familiar images of craven collaborators and selfless resisters. Un village français focuses on a fictional rural community that endures a tightening vise of German control for...
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"In a time of perpetual war and runaway militarism, in sync with rampant corporate power, the party is currently in need of a basic course correction that can only come from the grassroots." (Photo: AP) Views
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Victory in Superdelegates Fight Means: Grassroots Can Win
When members of the Democratic National Committee voted to take power away from themselves and other “superdelegates” -- removing their leverage over the presidential nominating process − they took a big step toward heeding a sign that activists held outside their decisive meeting: “Democratic...
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Friday, August 17, 2018
Democrats Should Finally Put Superdelegates Behind Them
The schedulers for this coming week’s Democratic National Committee meeting either have a sly sense of irony or a touch of historical amnesia. Why else would they set the DNC’s most important vote in many years for Chicago on the day before the 50th anniversary of the start of the party’s...
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"It would be easy for news watchers to see that the Democratic Party is much more committed to a hard line against Russia than a hard line against the corporate forces imposing extreme economic inequality here at home." (Screenshot: NBC News) Views
Thursday, July 26, 2018
GOP and Corporate Dems Gain When Democrats Run Against Putin
Progressives should figure it out. Amplifying the anti-Russia din helps to drown out the left’s core messages for economic fairness, equal rights, environmental protection, diplomacy and so much more. Echoing the racket of blaming Russia for the USA’s severe shortages of democracy plays into the...
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