In picking Ryan, Romney cemented his conservative base, he showed he was capable of surprising us, and he signaled that the nature of government should be a subject of debate this election.
Yet now, the woman who has weathered every kind of online attack is experiencing a new pleasure: online celebration.
Conservatives knew that starting with local victories was a way to build the groundwork for larger legislative successes, which is why ALEC was such a success.
As they compete on the international stage for the highest glory in their chosen fields, they aren't car-bombing each other. There aren't drone attacks among the rival teams. There are no "collateral damages" in their contests.
It's about as sure a thing that the Lone Star State will go Republican as it is that New York and California will go Democratic. However, the Democrats are eyeing a much bigger target than Texas in selecting San Antonio's Mayor Julian Castro as the keynote for their Convention. What's bigger than Texas? Try the Texas of tomorrow.
The Democrats are once again proving that they lag behind their own voters. But they are also demonstrating that they are still leagues ahead of the Republicans.
If there's any lesson from every Muppet adventure, it's that you shouldn't underestimate the ability of that goofy crew of lovable misfits to get things done, outsmart the bad guys and save the day. Evidently, the right-wing owners of Chick-fil-A haven't watched enough of Kermit and the gang.
Soda drinkers are the victim of concerted efforts to sell them more and more soda without regard to their health.
If it's inappropriate to talk policy after a tragedy and unnecessary to do so before one, then when exactly do we talk about the danger of guns?
Aside from the coincidence of a villain named Bane (this one destroys cities, not companies), we'll have to wait until this weekend to see if the Dark Knight fits the bill as a modern day Robin Hood (and whether he'd support a Robin Hood Tax).
I don't want a businessman president. Businesses aren't run like countries. Corporations focus on financial profit. Nations need to trade in social profit as well. CEOs, too often, value short-term gains. I want elected leaders who, too rarely, invest in our long-term well-being.
Every defender of democratic rights should call Texas' Voter ID law what it is: a poll tax.
It's hard to outspend people whose excessive fortunes rely on them outspending you.
Weeks like this remind us that we can't tackle everything on our own. Let's call it community. Let's call it looking out for our neighbors. But let's also acknowledge it's what government - at its best - is there to do.
Much of the lethargy that bogs down our political leaders and limits their imaginations comes from their political ties -- to institutions that are broken, conventional wisdom that has failed, and lobbying forces not looking out for the common good.
Look at historical heroes of liberal achievements - FDR and LBJ. They learned when to play nice with the titans of capital in order to get things done.
At least Fox News is now where it belongs - in the world of entertainment.
Many of these folks either enter wealthy already or are ensured a soft landing with a golden parachute. Given all the fully-legal and quasi-legitimate benefits, you'd think they wouldn't have to grab at any more.
The last decade began with the Court ordering a state to stop counting votes and ended with the Court repealing a century of precedent governing political contributions. Imagine where the next decade could go.
Progressives like to envision we are pushing forward a positive agenda, but we are increasingly finding ourselves in the position of pushing back: against policy assaults from the right-wing, an uncompromising Tea Party-controlled GOP and a flood of corporate money swamping democracy.