US Elections & Politics

The invisible election

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.

The midterm elections and the political crisis in the US

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.

Voter ID laws to keep millions from voting in November elections

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

Obama reneges on pledge to ease deportations

By Patrick Martin, 9 September 2014

Both conservative and liberal Democrats opposed any relaxation of anti-immigrant policies before the November election.

Wall Street firm hires former Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for $3.4 million

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.

Florida Democrats nominate former Republican governor

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.

US House Republican leader defeated in primary 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.

The Democratic victory in New York and the crisis of liberalism

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.

Where the International Socialist Organization stands on the 2012 election results

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.

The Nation magazine and Obama’s reelection

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.

After election, Obama moves to slash social spending

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.

US presidential campaign comes to an end

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.

SEP conferences in California outline the socialist perspective in the 2012 elections

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.

US third party debate presents no alternative for working class

By Eric London, 30 October 2012

Four candidates met in Chicago last Tuesday for what was billed as the first Third Party Presidential Debate.

Institutionalized state assassinations and the November 6 election

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

Two defenders of American imperialism

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.

The Nation magazine and the campaign to reelect Obama

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.

Obama prepares protracted Afghanistan occupation

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.

Wall Street issues its orders to Obama, Romney

By Patrick Martin, 19 October 2012

A letter signed by 16 top bankers demands immediate bipartisan action to slash the federal deficit.

The Obama-Romney debate: Questions unasked and unanswered

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.

Jerry White speaks at University of Michigan on post-election war threats

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.

Phyllis Scherrer discusses social crisis with students and workers in upstate New York

By Steve Filips, 18 October 2012

SEP Vice Presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer speaks to workers and students in Syracuse and Ithaca.

Obama-Romney debate number two: Another stage-managed charade

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.

Jerry White interviewed on Wisconsin Public Radio

17 October 2012

Jerry White, the SEP candidate for president, spoke about the purpose of the campaign and the lessons of the Wisconsin protests.

US debate night number two

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.

The class issues in the 2012 US elections

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.

In bellicose speech, Romney outlines bipartisan drive to war

By Joseph Kishore, 9 October 2012

Romney outlined an aggressive expansion of US militarism in the Middle East and Asia.

Obama and the debate

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.

US elections conceal preparations for war with Iran

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.

Early voting begins in US elections

By Patrick Martin, 27 September 2012

Well over 30 percent of ballots will be cast before the November 6 election.

Romney’s “47 percent” video and the bipartisan assault on social reform

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.

Obama evades jobs crisis on campaign trail

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.

Obama's acceptance speech: A compendium of half-truths and lies

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.

The Democratic convention: A scripted and empty spectacle

By Patrick Martin, 6 September 2012

Paid scriptwriters have produced nearly every word spoken in the course of the three-day convention.

Republican National Convention: A celebration of reaction

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.

Corporate bribery and political corruption on display at Republican, Democratic conventions

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.

Akin affair highlights hypocrisy and ignorance in US official politics

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.

US media seeks to legitimize Ryan’s extreme-right agenda

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.

Ryan pick marks further shift to the right in US presidential campaign

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.

Romney, Obama trade charges of being “out of touch”

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.

The lessons of Wisconsin

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.

Obama boasts of Bin Laden killing

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.

Behind the right-wing racial politics of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton

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.

Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election set for June 5

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.

Democrats conceal post-election austerity plans

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.

Santorum withdrawal cedes Republican nomination to Romney

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.

The 2012 elections and the assault on voting rights in the US

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.

The US elections and the jobs crisis

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.

Romney builds lead in Republican presidential contest

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.

Republican primary campaign grows more frenzied as it heads for decisive contests

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.

Super PACs outspend Republican presidential candidates in January

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.

Romney wins Florida Republican primary

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.

Republican presidential candidate Romney reports income of $21 million a year

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.

Infighting in South Carolina presidential primary

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.

Mitt Romney, Bain Capital and American capitalism

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.

Romney wins New Hampshire Republican primary

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.

The Republican primary campaign

By Jerry White, 10 January 2012

The Republican Party primary campaign illustrates the decayed character of the entire US two-party system.

Theater of the absurd in Republican presidential debates

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.

The rise and fall of Herman Cain

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.

US off-year balloting shows mass opposition to right-wing policies

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.

Obama promotes token jobs plan in campaign-style tour of North Carolina, Virginia

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.

Obama fundraising drive targets the wealthy

By Patrick Martin, 30 September 2011

The Obama reelection campaign is expected to raise and spend more than one billion dollars.

Corporate media promotes Republican ultra-right

By Patrick Martin, 16 September 2011

CNN decided to co-sponsor a Republican debate with the Tea Party Express.

Republicans win US by-elections in New York, Nevada

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.

Republican presidential debate highlights further shift to the right

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.

Obama’s bus tour—a right-wing political stunt

By Patrick Martin, 17 August 2011

The US president is distancing himself from any effort to provide jobs for millions of unemployed workers.

The Wisconsin recall election

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.

Democrats routed in Wisconsin recall elections

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.

Obama campaign raises record sums from the wealthy

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.

Republican presidential candidates debate in New Hampshire

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.

Republicans lose House seat in special election

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.

Obama begins bid for second term: A president of war and social reaction

By Patrick Martin, 5 April 2011

Obama’s campaign combines populist pretense and policies that serve the needs of the billionaires.

Chicago mayoral candidates promise intensified attacks on working class

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.

Obama on “60 Minutes”: A servant of big business

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.

Wall Street celebrates Fed credit boost, Obama deal on tax cuts

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

The record of the WSWS on Obama

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.

Republicans win sweeping victory in US congressional election

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.

The decay of American democracy

By Patrick Martin, 2 November 2010

The 2010 US election campaign marks a further descent by the American two-party system into political imbecility.

Activist assaulted by Rand Paul supporters in Kentucky

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.

New York Republican candidate attacks gays amid mounting hate crimes

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.

Republican House candidate took part in pro-Nazi group

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.

Corporate cash floods US congressional elections

By Patrick Martin, 7 October 2010

Big business and the wealthy are pouring unprecedented sums of money into the US congressional elections.

Michigan voters largely abstain in primary for governor

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.

Billionaires and crackpots: US primaries select right-wing candidates for November election

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.

Mixed results from primary elections in four US states

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.

“Snarlin’ Arlen” Specter—the ugly face of American big business politics

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.

New York Times columnist worries over Obama’s “credibility gap”

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.

After Massachusetts: Obama fakes anti-Wall Street stance

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.

The lessons of the Massachusetts election

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.

Obama, Democrats in crisis over Massachusetts Senate race

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.

The 2009 elections: the two parties of the billionaires

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.

Virginia, New Jersey elections: A blow to Obama and the Democrats

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.

Mass abstention in Detroit mayoral elections

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.

SEP candidate D’Artagnan Collier takes part in Detroit mayoral debate

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.

From Bush to Obama: On the eve of a “seamless transition”

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.

Buyer beware! Obama named “Marketer of the Year”

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.”

Republican wins Georgia Senate race as Obama lies low

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.

New York City: Financial meltdown brings Bloomberg term-limit maneuvers into focus

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.

California: Passage of proposition banning same-sex marriage sparks protests

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.

Obama’s transition: A who’s who of imperialist policy

19 November 2008

The contradiction between the aspirations and hopes of millions of Americans who voted to repudiate the Bush administration’s policies of war and social reaction and the class character of the incoming Obama administration has become increasingly clear over the two weeks since Election Day.