Reprinted from The Nation
So former secretary of labor Robert Reich, one of the most respected independent progressive figures within the Democratic orbit, has decided to do something about the problem.
"Saturday night's [December 19] Democratic presidential primary debate was striking. It was all about substance and logic -- in sharp contrast to Republican debates that have been all name-calling and posturing.- Advertisement -
"It was the kind of debate that could have really gotten voters excited about the Democratic Party. But because of when it was scheduled, almost nobody saw it.
"And the bad scheduling looks like it is just going to keep getting worse. The next Democratic debate will be Sunday, January 17 -- on a three-day holiday weekend, scheduled at the same time as a major NFL playoff game.
"Tell [Democratic National Committee chair] Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC to schedule additional debates."
More than 100,000 Americans have signed the petition -- which echoes calls from former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for more debates -- and the number is rising rapidly.
Reich is making an important point as a prominent progressive who served as a member of former president Bill Clinton's cabinet and who has emerged as a hero of activists aligned with what is frequently referred to as "the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party."