Our Spring Books double issue is here, chock full of new poetry and reviews, plus:
- Farai Chideya on how to fix journalism’s class and color crisis
- Jessica Valenti on why she’s voting for a woman in 2016, even if she’s not the most feminist candidate
- John Nichols on why Chris Christie is a phony moderate
- David A. Love on winning the fight against the death penalty in Maryland
The inconvenient truth about this year’s Republican ticket is that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan disagree.
The substantive differences between Romney and Ryan on issues ranging from tax policy to entitlement reform to reproductive rights are jarring …
When Biden and Ryan debate, the vice president should ask his Republican challenger: “Which side are you on?”
Or, better yet, which of Mitt’s many sides are you on?”
“Romney wanted so badly to close the deal in Alabama and Mississippi that he rendered himself ridiculous with all that talk of grits and “y’alls.” But he did not close any deal. He just confirmed his absurdity. And his inability to beat a washed-up former senator from Pennsylvania and the disgraced former speaker of the US House of Representatives means that he will be performing in the theater of the absurd that the Republican primaries have become for weeks, perhaps months, to come.”
MOST VALUABLE SENATOR: BERNIE SANDERS
Principled and populist, yet practical enough to get things done, Sanders points the way for progressives in the next Congress by reminding them they can win if they address the stark reality that “there is a war going on in this country…a war being waged by some of the wealthiest and most powerful…against the working families of the United States of America, against the disappearing and shrinking middle class.”
Read all of John Nichols’s 2010 Progressive Honor Roll.