Long before AOC started raising hell with the Democratic establishment—like, oh, a century before—Wisconsin progressive Robert La Follette was proving her critics wrong.
Michael Wolraich is a political journalist and historian, author of Unreasonable Men: Theodore Roosevelt and the Republican Rebels Who Created Progressive Politics and Blowing Smoke, and co-founder of the political blog dagblog.com. His writing has appeared at The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, CNN, Reuters, Talking Points Memo, and Pando Daily. He has also appeared on C-SPAN's BookTV, The John Batchelor Show, Culture Shocks, and various radio shows across the country. He lives in New York City. tweets at @wolraich.
The special prosecutor quietly and subtly played the president, who even now has no real clue what Mueller and his zipped-lipped crew are up to.
The former speaker said Trump reminds him of our 26th president, which just shows he knows little about Trump—and nothing about Teddy Roosevelt.
He’s being asked to make nice and throw his support to Hillary, but this is not how great political movements get started, and a movement is exactly what Sanders is leading now.
Indiana conservatives made news by claiming religious freedom laws discriminate against them, but Anita Bryant pioneered that smear decades ago.
In an excerpt from his new book, ‘Unreasonable Men,’ Michael Wolraich shows how a century ago it was progressives who splintered the GOP.