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21 items by Rick Perlstein

  • Rahm Emanuel Still Hates Democracy; and Other Sequels from Five Months of Columnizing

    Rahm Emanuel Still Hates Democracy; and Other Sequels from Five Months of Columnizing | BLOG ENTRY

    This past April I published a piece here I wanted to call "Rahm Emanuel Hates Democracy." Cooler heads in the front office prevailed, and the piece ended up being called "Rahm Emanuel Has a Problem with...

    June 18, 2012 3:20 PM ET
  • How Republicans Cheat Democrats - and Democrats Cheat Themselves

    How Republicans Cheat Democrats - and Democrats Cheat Themselves | BLOG ENTRY

    The volume of explanation for why Republican Scott Walker won and Democrat Tom Barrett lost last week's Wisconsin recall election has been overwhelming, which is as it should be: This was a very, very important election. Some...

    June 12, 2012 2:53 PM ET
  • Crunch Time in Wisconsin

    Crunch Time in Wisconsin | BLOG ENTRY

    This past Friday afternoon I arrived at the address advertised for a "grassroots rally" for Republican governor Scott Walker, who is facing a recall election today against Milwaukee's Democratic mayor Tom Barrett. I was greeted at the...

    June 5, 2012 8:15 AM ET
  • Chicago History Repeats Itself As Cops and Protesters Clash

    Chicago History Repeats Itself As Cops and Protesters Clash | BLOG ENTRY

    In 1972, writing in Rolling Stone about a looming confrontation between protesters and police in the streets in front of the Republican National Convention in Miami, Hunter S. Thompson described the moment he slipped off his...

    May 21, 2012 4:35 PM ET
  • How FBI Entrapment Is Inventing 'Terrorists' - and Letting Bad Guys Off the Hook

    How FBI Entrapment Is Inventing 'Terrorists' - and Letting Bad Guys Off the Hook | BLOG ENTRY

    This past October, at an Occupy encampment in Cleveland, Ohio, "suspicious males with walkie-talkies around their necks" and "scarves or towels around their heads" were heard grumbling at the protesters' unwillingness to act violently. At meetings a...

    May 15, 2012 3:10 PM ET
  • Why Wisconsin's Recall Clusterf#@k Matters

    Why Wisconsin's Recall Clusterf#@k Matters | BLOG ENTRY

    GREEN LAKE, WISCONSIN – I'll never forget the day the Badger State made me cry. It was last year, on a lovely Saturday in February, and I was in Madison to witness the triumphant return to the...

    May 8, 2012 11:25 AM ET
  • On the Crisis of Zionism

    On the Crisis of Zionism | BLOG ENTRY

    I got a poem in my inbox the other day from an older relative: What did you doAmerican Jewin 2012 or 1942‘cause business was goodand they didn't come for You? What did you dowhen...

    May 2, 2012 2:35 PM ET
  • Behind the Right's Phony War on the Nonexistent Religion of Secularism

    Behind the Right's Phony War on the Nonexistent Religion of Secularism | BLOG ENTRY

    Once upon a time, in early 2004, I attended one of hundreds of "Parties for the President" organized nationwide for grassroots volunteers who wanted to help reelected George W. Bush, at a modest middle class home...

    April 25, 2012 12:40 PM ET
  • Van Jones: 'Progressives Have Another Century to Win!'

    Van Jones: 'Progressives Have Another Century to Win!' | BLOG ENTRY

    Van Jones, one of the most effective organizers and strategists on the left, is out with a new book. Rebuild the Dream, which debuted last week on the New York Times bestseller list, takes its name...

    April 17, 2012 1:05 PM ET
  • Why GOP Mega-Donor Sheldon Adelson Is Mad, Bad and a Danger to the Republic

    Why GOP Mega-Donor Sheldon Adelson Is Mad, Bad and a Danger to the Republic | BLOG ENTRY

    Time may be up for Newt Gingrich; but his biggest backer is not going away. Sheldon Adelson, the casino billionaire who with his wife donated $16.5 million dollars to a Newt-linked Super PAC – and later said...

    April 10, 2012 12:40 PM ET
  • Rahm Emanuel Has a Problem With Democracy

    Rahm Emanuel Has a Problem With Democracy | BLOG ENTRY

    Rahm Emanuel insists it’s no biggie. Yes, when it was announced last summer that Chicago would host unprecedented back-to-back summits in May of 2012 of the G8 and NATO, the new mayor raved about his "opportunity...

    April 3, 2012 12:10 PM ET
  • Why Occupy Needs to Start Making Demands

    Why Occupy Needs to Start Making Demands | BLOG ENTRY

    It's Occupy Season again. In St. Louis on March 15, and in Manhattan's Zuccotti Park on St. Patrick's Day, Occupy Wall Street activists returned to the streets after a four-month hiatus and were bloodied in...

    March 22, 2012 6:00 PM ET
  • Why Conservatives Are Still Crazy After All These Years

    Why Conservatives Are Still Crazy After All These Years | BLOG ENTRY

    It suddenly feels like conservatism has gotten crazier than ever. Republican debate audiences cheer executions and boo an active-duty soldier because he is gay. Politicians pledge allegiance to Rush Limbaugh, a pill-popping lunatic who recently...

    March 16, 2012 11:55 AM ET
  • Obama and the Cult of College: Why Rick Santorum Had a Point

    Obama and the Cult of College: Why Rick Santorum Had a Point | BLOG ENTRY

    A week and a half ago, at a Tea Party rally in Troy, Michigan, the GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum said this: "President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What...

    March 7, 2012 1:05 PM ET
  • Why Democrats Have a Problem with Young Voters

    Why Democrats Have a Problem with Young Voters | BLOG ENTRY

    I have a young friend I'll call Cecil. Cecil graduated from a prestigious liberal arts college on the East Coast in 2006 with a degree in political science. A lot of his friends were involved in political...

    February 28, 2012 11:45 AM ET
  • Why Obama Needs to Change to Win

    Why Obama Needs to Change to Win | BLOG ENTRY

    Last week I wrote about four major magazine articles evaluating Barack Obama's success and future prospects as president. "How He Fumbled, Why He's Recovering," we called it, and the stories all narrated Obama's typically serpentine ideological...

    February 22, 2012 8:00 AM ET
  • Obama at Halftime: How he Fumbled, Why He's Recovering

    Obama at Halftime: How he Fumbled, Why He's Recovering | BLOG ENTRY

    It's been a season of assessments for Barack Obama. Four major magazine pieces about his first three years as president have come out in the last four weeks: a monumental contextualization of Obama within the history of...

    February 17, 2012 8:00 AM ET
  • Ronald Reagan: Welfare Queen of Montana (or: Tax Tips for Mitt Romney)

    Ronald Reagan: Welfare Queen of Montana (or: Tax Tips for Mitt Romney) | BLOG ENTRY

    Here is one thing we know about Mitt Romney: He loves Ronald Reagan (or at least he does now). Here is another: He also loves the Cayman Islands. It's something he kind of shares with the...

    February 7, 2012 12:55 PM ET
  • Why Mitt Romney's Mormonism Doesn't Matter

    Why Mitt Romney's Mormonism Doesn't Matter | BLOG ENTRY

    I've never been impressed with the argument that Mitt Romney makes for a weak Republican nominee because conservatives don't like him. That's not how that party works. Like they say, "Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall...

    January 31, 2012 9:55 AM ET
  • How Wily Newt Pulled the 'Contract with America' Scam

    How Wily Newt Pulled the 'Contract with America' Scam | BLOG ENTRY

    Newton Leroy Gingrich is one wily mothertrucker. He's calling his presidential platform this year a "21st Century Contract With America." It's a wingnutpalooza, naturally, endorsing such “timeless American values” as seeking to "establish...

    January 26, 2012 12:21 PM ET
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