Tom Gallagher

Tom Gallagher

Tom Gallagher is a former Massachusetts State Representative and the author of 'The Primary Route: How the 99% Take On the Military Industrial Complex.' He lives in San Francisco.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
The Democratic Party Left After the Ellison DNC Campaign: Unite or Fight?
One thing to keep in mind about the recent Thomas Perez–Keith Ellison race for Democratic National Committee chair is that it was pretty much an only-in-America sort of thing. Were we in any kind of parliamentary system – like most countries have – the two sides would probably be in different...
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
The Stakes in the Race for Democratic National Committee Chair
One leading candidate for Democratic National Committee Chair recently said, "We heard loudly and clearly yesterday from Bernie supporters that the process was rigged and it was. And you've got to be honest about it. That's why we need a chair who is transparent." In a contest as hotly contested as...
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Sunday, February 19, 2017
The Stakes in the Race for Democratic National Committee Chair
One leading candidate for Democratic National Committee Chair recently said, "We heard loudly and clearly yesterday from Bernie supporters that the process was rigged and it was. And you've got to be honest about it. That's why we need a chair who is transparent." In a contest as hotly contested as...
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Monday, November 14, 2016
Donna Brazile Needs to Leave the DNC—Right Now
The race to head the Democratic National Committee is on. The decision of both outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and his presumptive successor Chuck Schumer to endorse the candidacy of Rep. Keith Ellison – one of the few members of Congress to support the candidacy of Bernie Sanders – is a...
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Thursday, October 13, 2016
If You Mean It, Hillary Clinton, Say It Loud
In an email released by WikiLeaks, one Hillary Clinton advisor claimed the campaign was so uninspired that he was “ petrified that Hillary is almost totally dependent on Republicans nominating Trump .” Of course, they did nominate Trump. And it may well be that the man known to claim that he could...
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Friday, September 02, 2016
Third Party Loyalists: Insanity Redefined or Political Attention Deficit Disorder?
One audience member on the comment line following a recent Oakland, CA Green Party discussion panel—titled "Growing the Political Revolution: What's Beyond Bernie?" —cited Albert Einstein for having once defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting things to turn out...
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Friday, August 12, 2016
Don't Mistake a Protest Vote for a Strategy
Last week, I received the same response from a crowd of Bernie Sanders backers that I had seen another group of his supporters give the man himself the prior week in Philadelphia – they jeered me. I was kind of flattered, actually. In Bernie’s case, the negative reaction was in response to his...
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
In Defense of My Fellow Sanders Delegates
By now everyone who cares to knows that some Bernie Sanders delegates did some booing on the first day of the Democratic National Convention. Even booed Sanders himself when he spoke in support of Hillary Clinton. And then some of them even walked out of the convention hall after the roll call...
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Saturday, June 04, 2016
The Missing Clinton-Sanders Debate: California Dreaming?
In opting out of the last of her previously agreed upon debates with Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton returned to campaign-long theme – her inevitability. And entitlement. Her supporters told us from the start that Clinton was entitled to the nomination because party leaders had decided. And her...
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Thursday, May 19, 2016
Can Superdelegates be Convinced to Support Bernie Sanders? Unlikely, But Not Impossible
Bernie Sanders supporters aren't big fans of the Democratic Party 's superdelegates, the political insiders who get a personal say in the nomination of the party's presidential candidate. These governors, members of Congress and other officials aren't obligated to follow the popular vote, and their...
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