The president’s decision to steer clear of the contentious recall battle in Wisconsin sends a bad signal to his base. Eric Alterman on the downside of staying above the fray. Plus, Ben Jacobs on five things to watch in Wisconsin.
Eric Alterman, a Center For American Progress Fellow and Nation columnist, is a proud CUNY Distinguished Professor of English and Journalism at Brooklyn College. His most recent book is The Cause: The Fight for American Liberalism from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama.
Depending on the Supreme Court, health care may end up looking like an Obama misstep, says Eric Alterman.
Let’s stop pretending that U.S. companies actually pay the 35 percent tax rate—or that any of these reform proposals will ever see light of day. Plus, find out who the ten biggest corporate tax dodgers are.
Despite the boost that the jobs report gives to Obama, Eric Alterman says it ain’t over till it’s over.
What a liberal should wish for in Tuesday’s Iowa caucus: maximum GOP chaos.
Eric Alterman on why the Jews won't abandon the Democrats in 2012.
Disappointment with Obama won’t translate to a 2012 primary challenge from the left. By Eric Alterman.
Obama finally punched Republicans in the face in the debt talks. Eric Alterman on his attack on hedge funders and corporate jets—and why his own party could stand in his way.
The governor is still paying too much attention to the millionaires, and not enough to the masses. By Eric Alterman
The embattled congressman has stepped down after weeks of scandal. Eric Alterman on why the move will only embolden those who practice the politics of personal destruction.