US Elections & Politics
By Patrick Martin, 21 October 2014
Billionaires and big corporate interests account for the vast bulk of campaign spending for both parties in the 2014 US elections, much of it secret.
By Barry Grey, 15 October 2014
The interests of American working people, the vast majority of the population, find no expression in the election campaigns of the two parties.
By Patrick Martin, 30 September 2014
The American population is overwhelmingly indifferent to the November 4 US elections, which will decide 34 US Senate seats, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, and the governorships of most states.
By Ed Hightower, 30 September 2014
In four US states alone, 1.7 million voters would be denied the right to vote.
Bowing to Senate Democrats
By Patrick Martin, 9 September 2014
Both conservative and liberal Democrats opposed any relaxation of anti-immigrant policies before the November election.
By Gabriel Black, 8 September 2014
Cantor’s multi-million-dollar payout represents compensation for his service to Wall Street during his time in Congress and illustrates the incestuous relationship between the US political establishment and big business.
By Patrick Martin, 28 August 2014
Once reveling in the title “chain-gang Charlie” for his savage law-and-order policies, Crist has been nominated by the Democratic Party for the upcoming gubernatorial election.
By Patrick Martin, 12 June 2014
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a right-wing Republican, lost to a challenger who managed to outflank him from the right on immigration and budget-cutting.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 November 2013
The 2013 off-year US election witnessed an attempt by various pseudo-left groups to overcome increasing popular disillusionment with the Democratic Party.
By David Walsh, 16 November 2012
The ISO has responded to the recent US election with general satisfaction over Democrat Barack Obama’s return to the White House and an ever-greater obsession with race.
By Barry Grey, 9 November 2012
The full depth of reaction emerges when the Nation turns its fixation on race and gender to the subject of white people.
By Andre Damon, 8 November 2012
In the wake of Barack Obama's victory in the 2012 US presidential election, the Democrats have proclaimed their intent to collaborate with Republicans to slash billions of dollars in social spending.
By Patrick Martin, 5 November 2012
Both Obama and Romney are concealing the reactionary policies they will put into effect in the post-election period.
By our reporters, 31 October 2012
This past weekend, the SEP held regional conferences in Los Angeles and Berkeley, California. This coming weekend, conferences will be held in New York City and Detroit.
By Eric London, 30 October 2012
Four candidates met in Chicago last Tuesday for what was billed as the first Third Party Presidential Debate.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 October 2012
With barely a week and a half to go until the November 6 presidential elections, the entire spectrum of the American pseudo-left is exerting maximum efforts to turn out votes for Obama with the claim that the reelection of the incumbent Democrat would represent the “lesser of two evils.”
Obama-Romney foreign policy debate
By Patrick Martin, 22 October 2012
Behind the backs of the American people, and the with the support of both Obama and Romney, the United States is preparing new military interventions and wars of aggression.
By Joseph Kishore, 22 October 2012
In making their case for the reelection of Barack Obama, the writers and editors of the Nation magazine are compelled to resort to sophistry and lies.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 October 2012
With the US presidential election little more than two weeks away, the Obama administration is quietly preparing to keep tens of thousands of troops in Afghanistan.
By Patrick Martin, 19 October 2012
A letter signed by 16 top bankers demands immediate bipartisan action to slash the federal deficit.
By Joseph Kishore, 18 October 2012
The second presidential debate exemplified the scripted and ritualized character of the entire election, in which no serious questions can be asked, let alone answered.
By our reporter, 18 October 2012
White presented an overview of the social, economic, and military context of the presidential elections and fielded wide-ranging questions from the audience.
By Steve Filips, 18 October 2012
SEP Vice Presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer speaks to workers and students in Syracuse and Ithaca.
By Barry Grey, 17 October 2012
The second nationally televised debate between President Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney served only to underscore the hypocrisy and deceit that pervade the entire election.
17 October 2012
Jerry White, the SEP candidate for president, spoke about the purpose of the campaign and the lessons of the Wisconsin protests.
By Barry Grey, 16 October 2012
It is extraordinary that four years after the greatest economic crash in nearly a century, not a single genuine social reform has been enacted.
By Jerry White, 11 October 2012
With less than four weeks to the US elections, the Democratic Party is hoping to recover from the impact of President Obama’s dismal performance last week in the first debate.
By Joseph Kishore, 9 October 2012
Romney outlined an aggressive expansion of US militarism in the Middle East and Asia.
By Patrick Martin, 5 October 2012
The American media is overflowing with commentary on the poor performance of Barack Obama in Wednesday’s presidential debate.
By Barry Grey, 27 September 2012
In the midst of a presidential election campaign, the fact that plans for war against Iran are far advanced is being concealed from the American people.
By Patrick Martin, 27 September 2012
Well over 30 percent of ballots will be cast before the November 6 election.
By Barry Grey, 25 September 2012
In all of their criticisms, the Democrats have carefully avoided the basic issue: Romney’s flat-out assertion that people do not have the right to food, health care and a roof over their heads.
By Barry Grey, 11 September 2012
With the completion of the Democratic and Republican conventions, the presidential campaigns of the two corporate-controlled parties have shifted into high gear.
By Barry Grey, 8 September 2012
Barack Obama's speech Thursday night accepting the Democratic Party's nomination provided a fittingly cynical and demagogic conclusion to two weeks of media-scripted conventions staged by the two official parties.
By Patrick Martin, 6 September 2012
Paid scriptwriters have produced nearly every word spoken in the course of the three-day convention.
By Patrick Martin, 30 August 2012
The convention adopted an ultra-right platform and rubber-stamped the nomination of Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential candidate.
By Barry Grey, 28 August 2012
There is in this year's quadrennial conventions an unabashed flaunting of the role of corporate money in what passes for American democracy that goes beyond even the debased levels of previous presidential campaigns.
By Patrick Martin, 23 August 2012
Top Republicans, including presidential candidate Mitt Romney, have demanded that Todd Akin step down as the party’s candidate for US Senate from Missouri.
By Patrick Martin, 16 August 2012
The US media, liberal and conservative, has largely praised the selection of Congressman Paul Ryan as the Republican candidate for vice president.
By Patrick Martin, 13 August 2012
Regardless of the outcome of the vote on November 6, the Ryan pick signals that the US ruling elite has decided on a frontal assault on key social programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
By Barry Grey, 12 June 2012
A farcical war of words has erupted, with the Republican camp of Mitt Romney and the Democratic Obama camp trading charges of being “out of touch” with the American people.
By Patrick Martin, 7 June 2012
The debacle for the Democratic Party and the unions was the predictable culmination of their suppression of mass workers’ protests against the Walker administration.
By Patrick Martin, 2 May 2012
President Obama has begun his re-election campaign with a focus on his role in ordering the assassination of Osama bin Laden.
By Tom Eley, 1 May 2012
Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who seized on the killing of Trayvon Martin to obscure the class divide in American society, have a sordid and right-wing political history.
By Niles Williamson, 24 April 2012
From the outset, the trade union and liberal and “left” supporters of the recall campaign have used it to divert popular opposition and keep workers tied to the Democratic Party.
By Patrick Martin, 19 April 2012
While feigning indignation at budget cuts proposed by the Republicans, Obama and congressional Democrats are preparing to lead a bipartisan assault on social programs after the November election.
By Patrick Martin, 12 April 2012
The decision ends the contest for the Republican presidential nomination and effectively begins the general election campaign between Romney and Obama, two right-wing representatives of big business.
By Ed Hightower, 27 March 2012
The 2010 mid-term elections put Republicans in control of many state legislatures, largely due to the disaffection, arising from the administration’s right-wing policies, of many who had voted for Barack Obama in 2008. Since then, at least 17 states have attempted to restrict voting rights in advance of the November ballot.
By Andre Damon, 9 March 2012
The lack of any meaningful proposal by either major US political party to address mass unemployment in the 2012 election underscores the fact the that the two big business parties have nothing to offer the unemployed and are indifferent to their plight.
By Patrick Martin, 7 March 2012
Winning a majority of the delegates chosen in primaries and caucuses Tuesday, the former Massachusetts governor has more than double the total of his closest rival.
By Patrick Martin, 24 February 2012
With primary voting Tuesday in Michigan and Arizona, the Republican presidential campaign has effectively narrowed to two candidates, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.
By Kate Randall, 22 February 2012
Super PACs backing the four leading Republican contenders raised a combined $22.1 million in January, slightly more than the candidates’ own campaigns.
By Patrick Martin, 1 February 2012
The multimillionaire former governor of Massachusetts won with an all-out advertising blitz while voter participation in the primary declined.
By Patrick Martin, 25 January 2012
The Republican presidential candidate collected as much in a single day as the average American family makes in a full year.
By Patrick Martin, 21 January 2012
The campaign for the Republican presidential nomination reached a new low this week, with candidates appealing to racism, anti-immigrant prejudice and religious bigotry.
By Patrick Martin, 12 January 2012
The attacks on Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney over his role as the CEO of the private equity firm Bain Capital have produced a remarkable backlash in right-wing Republican circles and the corporate-controlled media.
By Patrick Martin, 11 January 2012
The former Massachusetts governor won despite a last-minute attack from Republican rivals on his predatory record as CEO of the private equity firm Bain Capital.
By Jerry White, 10 January 2012
The Republican Party primary campaign illustrates the decayed character of the entire US two-party system.
By Patrick Martin, 9 January 2012
The back-to-back debates over the weekend in New Hampshire showed the right-wing trajectory of the entire US political establishment.
By Patrick Martin, 8 December 2011
The withdrawal of businessman and lobbyist Herman Cain from the Republican presidential contest is a stark demonstration of the way in which the American ruling elite makes use of scandals, particularly involving sex, to regulate its political affairs.
By Patrick Martin, 10 November 2011
The results of Tuesday’s off-year elections and referendum votes scattered across the United States showed mass popular opposition to the right-wing agenda of the Republican Party, but little enthusiasm for the Democratic Party.
By Barry Grey, 19 October 2011
President Barack Obama completes his three-day campaign-style bus tour of North Carolina and Virginia today with a speech at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia.
By Patrick Martin, 30 September 2011
The Obama reelection campaign is expected to raise and spend more than one billion dollars.
By Patrick Martin, 16 September 2011
CNN decided to co-sponsor a Republican debate with the Tea Party Express.
By Fred Mazelis, 15 September 2011
The loss of a longtime Democratic seat in New York City was a political blow to the Obama administration.
By Patrick Martin, 9 September 2011
For the first time in modern US history, a major capitalist politician declared Social Security to be a “lie” and advocated its destruction.
By Patrick Martin, 17 August 2011
The US president is distancing himself from any effort to provide jobs for millions of unemployed workers.
By Jerry White, 12 August 2011
The central lesson that emerges from the experience of the Wisconsin protests is the need for a revolutionary party and perspective to lead the struggles of the working class.
By Jerry White, 11 August 2011
The Democratic Party lost four of six races in the recall election in the US Midwestern state of Wisconsin Tuesday, leaving the Republican Party in control of the state legislature.
By Patrick Martin, 15 July 2011
More than half the record $86 million raised for Obama and the Democrats in the second quarter came from well-heeled donors who gave the maximum amount.
By Patrick Martin, 15 June 2011
The two-hour debate saw the candidates all declaring themselves fervent defenders of corporate America, while criticizing the Obama administration from an ultra-right perspective.
By Patrick Martin, 26 May 2011
The vote for a long-held Republican seat in western New York state amounted to a referendum on proposals to privatize Medicare.
By Patrick Martin, 5 April 2011
Obama’s campaign combines populist pretense and policies that serve the needs of the billionaires.
By Kristina Betinis and Alexander Fangmann, 10 February 2011
All the major candidates in Chicago’s February 22 mayoral election agree that the working class must foot the bill for the city’s estimated $1 billion deficit.
By Patrick Martin, 9 November 2010
Obama went on national television to conciliate big business and embrace the concerns of the Tea Party right wing, declaring them politically legitimate.
By Patrick Martin, 5 November 2010
Buoyed by a huge infusion of cheap credit from the Federal Reserve and the guarantee of continued tax cuts for the wealthy after the Republican victory on Tuesday, the US stock market roared upward Thursday.
2010 US elections
By Tom Eley, 5 November 2010
The WSWS here links articles written during Obama’s campaign for the presidency and in the aftermath of his victory that warned that he would continue and deepen the right-wing policies of the Bush administration.
By Patrick Martin, 3 November 2010
The US congressional elections have produced a sweeping victory for the Republican Party, which regained control of the House of Representatives and made substantial gains in the Senate.
By Patrick Martin, 2 November 2010
The 2010 US election campaign marks a further descent by the American two-party system into political imbecility.
By Hiram Lee, 27 October 2010
Supporters of Rand Paul, the Republican “Tea Party candidate” for senator in Kentucky, assaulted a young activist prior to a debate in Lexington on Monday.
By Peter Daniels, 14 October 2010
The controversy over extreme homophobic remarks by the Republican candidate for governor of New York State, Carl Paladino, emerged in the context of a vicious hate crime.
By Patrick Martin, 12 October 2010
Ohio Republican Rich Iott was part of a group staging reenactments of Waffen SS operations in World War II.
By Patrick Martin, 7 October 2010
Big business and the wealthy are pouring unprecedented sums of money into the US congressional elections.
By a reporter, 5 August 2010
The mayor of Lansing, backed by the UAW and other union officials, and the multimillionaire former CEO of Gateway Computer won the Democratic and Republican nominations for governor of Michigan. Neither Verg Bernero nor Rick Snyder offers any answers to the crisis of the depression-ravaged state.
By Patrick Martin, 12 June 2010
The primary elections held in 12 states last Tuesday, the largest single day of voting before the November congressional elections, demonstrated the narrow popular base of the Democrats and Republicans and the enormous gulf between the concerns of working people and the two big business parties.
By Patrick Martin, 20 May 2010
Primary elections in four US states represented a rebuff to the political establishment in both the Democratic and Republican parties. The voting has also demonstrated a collapse in voter turnout, indicating that neither party of big business holds any broad appeal for working people.
By Patrick Martin, 20 May 2010
With his defeat in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary Tuesday, Arlen Specter will leave the US Senate next January after 30 years in office, ending a political career in which he played important roles in some of the most sordid and controversial episodes in American political history.
By Jerry White, 27 January 2010
Written a week after the Democrats’ electoral debacle in Massachusetts, a column by Bob Herbert, a liberal supporter of the president, expresses concern over growing popular opposition to the administration.
By Patrick Martin, 25 January 2010
In a public statement criticizing the major banks Thursday, followed by a speech on jobs in the industrial town of Elyria, Ohio, Friday, President Barack Obama has begun a transparent effort to posture as the defender of the people against corporate interests.
By Jerry White, 22 January 2010
The Republican victory in Tuesday’s Massachusetts Senate race was not only a major blow to the Obama administration and the Democratic Party, it was an expression of the widespread social discontent and anger that is building up in the US.
By Patrick Martin, 19 January 2010
Senior Democratic Party leaders, from President Obama on down, were mobilized over the weekend in a last-ditch effort to prevent an upset Republican victory in the special election January 19 to fill the US Senate vacancy in Massachusetts.
By Fred Mazelis, 10 November 2009
The campaigns of two immensely wealthy politicians in New York City and New Jersey expose the real political content of the 2009 elections and of the two-party system in America.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 November 2009
The Democratic Party’s loss of governorships in Virginia and New Jersey in Tuesday’s off-year elections represented a blow to the Obama administration and the Democratic Party, while reflecting mounting anger over unemployment and the economic crisis.
SEP candidate wins significant vote
By Jack Cody and Jerry White, 6 August 2009
Less than 17 percent of eligible voters participated in Tuesday’s primary election in Detroit in a sign of popular disaffection with the political system. The only mayoral candidate addressing the needs of the working class, Socialist Equality Party candidate D’Artagnan Collier, won a significant vote.
By Jack Cody, 22 July 2009
Socialist Equality Party candidate D’Artagnan Collier outlined his response to the social crisis in Detroit during a July 16 debate involving candidates for the city’s upcoming primary mayoral election.
By Patrick Martin, 17 January 2009
Three days before the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States, the distinctions have largely been effaced between the outgoing and incoming administrations.
By Tom Eley, 6 December 2008
About three weeks before he won the general election, President-elect Barack Obama was delivered a different sort of distinction—from the advertising world. Obama was named “Advertising Age’s marketer of the year for 2008.” The annual award is voted upon by hundreds of advertising executives and marketers at the annual Association of National Advertisers conference, entitled “Masters of Marketing.”
By Patrick Martin, 4 December 2008
Saxby Chambliss, a conservative Republican from Georgia, retained his US Senate seat in a runoff election Tuesday. The most important feature of the Georgia contest was the apparent decision by president-elect Obama to intervene as little as possible.
By Peter Daniels, 1 December 2008
On October 23, the New York City Council passed a bill extending to three the number of consecutive terms the mayor and other officials can serve, thus enabling Mayor Michael Bloomberg to seek another term in the 2009 elections.
By D. Lencho and Andrea Peters, 22 November 2008
The passage of Proposition 8, a California ballot measure prohibiting same-sex marriage, has touched off an outpouring of criticism.