David Sirota

David Sirota
Denver, Colorado,
November 02
David Sirota is a political journalist, best-selling author and nationally syndicated newspaper columnist living in Denver, Colorado. He is a senior fellow at the Campaign for America's Future , the founder of the Progressive States Network and a Senior Editor at In These Times magazine, which in 2006 received the Utne Independent Press Award for political coverage. He also blogs for Credo Action. and the Denver Post's PoliticsWest website. His two books, Hostile Takeover (2006) and The Uprising (2008) were both New York Times bestsellers. In the years before becoming a full-time writer, Sirota worked as the press secretary for Vermont Independent Congressman Bernard Sanders, the chief spokesman for Democrats on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, the Director of Strategic Communications for the Center for American Progress, a campaign consultant for Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer and a media strategist for Connecticut Senate candidate Ned Lamont. He also previously contributed writing to the website of the California Democratic Party. For more on Sirota, see these profiles of him in Newsweek or the Rocky Mountain News. Feel free to email him at lists [at] davidsirota.com

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Editor’s Pick
NOVEMBER 30, 2008 9:56PM

Big Trouble In Little America

I watched one of the two Best Worst Movies in film history this weekend - Big Trouble in Little China (the other Best Worst Movie is Army of Darkness). Whether brought on by the natural high of a leftover-filled stomach, or the artificial high of Thanksgiving night Maker's Mark, I had…

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Definition: of or pertaining to a practical point of view or practical considerations.

If you've been reading the newspaper or watching television recently, you probably noticed the sudden ubiquity of the word "pragmatic." President-elect Obama has repeatedly used the term to describe h… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 25, 2008 3:00PM

The Tax History Conservatives Want Us to Forget

Grover Norquist is regularly billed as one of the leading intellectual lights of the conservative movement - and I think you will agree that the arguments he made in a debate with me over taxes this morning on CNBC highlight not merely the shocking intellectual bankruptcy of the movement… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 24, 2008 10:34AM

Will Progressives Be Ghettoized In Obama's White House?

This is the violin model: Hold power with the left hand, and play the music with your right,” David J. Rothkopf, a former Clinton official who wrote a history of the National Security Council, said on Friday, as news of Mrs. Clinton’s and Mr. Geithner’s appointments leaked.… Read full post »
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NOVEMBER 23, 2008 2:27PM

Confused About Tax Promises

I'm confused about the state of Barack Obama's tax promises. Last week we heard this strong, admirable declaration that campaign promises would be upheld - a rejection of the "center-right" media meme that claims tax increases on the super-wealthy always hurt the economy (reporters somehow forget how… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 21, 2008 10:01AM

Tuning Out the Braindead Megaphone on Health Care

I don't know about you, but to me it feels pretty 1993 of late. The economy's in the dumps; a new president is headed into office; that new president is taking many of the same faces from that 1993 White House with him; and both Republicans and the media are trying… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 20, 2008 11:01AM

The Media's Own Innocent Bystander Fable

As anyone who has read my columns, blog posts or book knows, I have a mild obsession with the Innocent Bystander Fable - the one whereby political actors pretend they have no power or even minor role in the arenas they are elected or hired to participate in. This fable has… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 19, 2008 1:44PM

Team of Rivals or Rival Team?

A quick lexicographic note: Seems to me the term "Team of Rivals" is the new euphemism for "bipartisanship," which unto itself has always been a synonym for "buypartisanship" (ie. bipartisan corporatism) and "Broderism" (the principle, championed by Washington Post columnist David Broder, that bipart… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 18, 2008 3:51PM

Should we be surprised?

A question in the aftermath of Chairman Lieberman's heroic return to the welcoming arms of the Senate Democratic club: Should we be surprised?

No, really, this is a serious question.

With its congressional majority, the Democratic Party has refused to seriously try to end the war, to… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 17, 2008 4:54PM

Fearing Rejection, Bush Backs Off Bailout Request

Per my post earlier today, this is huge news if it holds:

Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- The Bush administration told congressional aides it won't ask lawmakers to release $350 billion remaining as part of the $700 billion U.S. financial- rescue package, people familiar with the matter said.… Read full post »
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NOVEMBER 17, 2008 12:14PM

Stripping Paulson of His Remaining Power & Money

Remember when Doris Kearns Goodwin and the rest of the elite media socialites took to the studios of Charlie Rose's show to portray the opponents of the bailout as wild-eyed leftists? Seems there's some serious bipartisan pushback going on (h/t Atrios):

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe said Satur… Read full post »
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NOVEMBER 14, 2008 1:30PM

It's a Trick - Get An Axe

"It's a trick - get an axe." - Ash

This fearful and prescient line, spoken by Bruce Campbell's character in the cult film Army of Darkness, is a good political strategy for Democrats in the final weeks of the Bush administration. All of this media nonsense about Bush being magnanimous/… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 10, 2008 1:35PM

Elite Media Voices Begin Making Our Arguments

Having been one of millions of progressives who have been out in the wilderness for so long, it's hard to believe I can write this, but I can: It seems the demands for rejecting the "center-right nation" meme, accepting the progressive mandate of the election, Going Big and emulating FDR -… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 9, 2008 12:59PM

Bailout Watch: Bush's Subtle Scheme to Stop Obama Reforms

In his first radio address as President-elect, Barack Obama made this strong statement:

"[We will] ensure that the rescue plan that passed Congress is working to stabilize financial markets while protecting taxpayers, helping homeowners and not unduly rewarding the management of financial firms that… Read full post »
Think Progress catches conservative spokesman Brent Bozell insisting in the course of about one minute that Barack Obama ran as a "a liberal, left-wing Democrat" and then saying "Barack Obama won as a conservative." He also insists (of course) that America is a "center-right" nation.

Yes, Obama was… Read full post »