Democrats

Most Important Qualification for President: Empathy – Obama Has It, Romney Doesn’t

In her speech at the Democraic Convention, First Lady Michelle Obama pointed up the stark difference between her husband and his challenger quite well with the following statement: "Barack knows the American Dream because he's lived it, and he wants everyone in this country to have that same opportunity, no …

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Learning From Our Mistakes: A Recall Post-Mortem

If we progressives learn nothing else from the aftermath of the Wisconsin recall election last night, we have to learn that strategy is far more important in politics than emotion. As I said in a previous post, politics itself is not personal, and taking an emotional approach to it will …

Democrats

Are You Pissed Off Enough Yet? Only a Moron Will Vote GOP in November

The next time someone tells me there’s no difference between  Democrats and Republicans, I swear I’ll kick 'em in the shins. Ok. I won’t. I’m amazingly non-violent. But I’ll still call you an ignorant sop, because while neither party is perfect, the fact of the matter is, the Democratic Party …

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What Did You Expect?

What did we expect, people? I really need to know. The second biggest problem with health insurance reform – excuse me, health care reform – no, wait, it is health insurance reform – is the incessant play-by-play by thousands of people with opinions, but seemingly having no concept of how …

Democrats

Thank You, Mr. President: The Public Option is Alive and Well

If I was more arrogant and self-absorbed, I might think President Obama is reading this blog.  Just about everything I asked for in my open letter was covered in his speech. And make no mistake; President Obama even made the best case for a public option that I've seen so …

Democrats
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An Open Letter to My President on Health Insurance Reform

(I will be on the Nicole Sandler Show to discuss President Obama's speech on health insurance reform tonight at 12 ET/9 PT http://airamerica.com/nights. Please check it out…) Dear Mr. President:   Have you noticed that every time you're absent from the scene for even a short time, like taking a …

Being Better Liberals

It Really Is the Economy, Stupid — This Time, Let’s REALLY Change It!

You know, one of the greatest frustrations in being somewhat liberal is the tendency for others of my ideological ilk to demonize individuals, and to focus on specific people as "the problem." Our economy is damn close to a total meltdown, and we’re closer to being a Third World country …

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Stop Jerking That Knee and Become a Skeptic!

I can’t tell you how many times in the last few weeks I’ve heard from another liberal about something Barack Obama supposedly said that was apparently outrageous or scary or somehow out of character. Liberals are often absolutely hysterical over many of their perceptions of Obama’s positions on issues, and …

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Demand Leadership This Time!

How far we’ve come in a lifetime. I turned 50 a few weeks ago, and when I think about what’s happened during that time, historically speaking, it makes me smile. When I was little, and I had just learned to read — I was about 4 or 5 — and …

Democrats

The Right Wing is Correct! Democrats ARE Appeasers

You know, I hate it when a Republican is right about anything, but I have to agree with the latest talking point. Let’s start with the definition of appeasement: — to buy off (an aggressor) by concessions usually at the sacrifice of principles (courtesy of Merriam-Webster) Based on that definition, …

Democrats

Bill Clinton’s Lousy Defense of Hillary’s Health Care Debacle

This little clip from CBS News shows Bill Clinton going off on an Obama supporter, defending his wife with regard to her work on health care. Watch this… Now, let me start off and say that this heckler is actually technically wrong about part of what she said. Hillary did …

Democrats

Stop Worrying About Attacks on Obama

I am finding it increasingly frustrating to watch pundits this year, and that includes the ones I really like. I think the problem comes from the fact that everything they discuss comes from a perspective that doesn’t seem to realize that the political metric in this country has changed drastically …

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A Plea from Michael Moore: PA, END THIS THING!!

My Vote’s for Obama (if I could vote) …by Michael Moore April 21st, 2008 Friends, I don’t get to vote for President this primary season. I live in Michigan. The party leaders (both here and in D.C.) couldn’t get their act together, and thus our votes will not be counted. …

Democrats

Clinton Blames Democratic Activists, Not Her Lousy Campaign

The Huffington Post has some audio that should pretty much seal Hillary Clinton’s fate, if not with primary voters, then with the Democratic base in November, as if it was going to get that far. Essentially, Hillary thinks she’s losing because of Democratic activists. No kidding. Here’s what she said: …

Democrats

Busting Some 2008 Election Myths

Okay, where do I start? Let’s start with the fact that the right wing really has a lot of Democrats cowed, to the point that we seem to have lost all reason, and it’s scary, to be honest. Barack Obama will win the Democratic nomination for president, and he’ll coast …

Democrats

Stop Blaming the DEMOCRATS! Updated!

Jesus, people! Will you please stop blaming the Democrats for not being able to end the occupation? Look, I will be the first to admit that there are mealy-mouthed Dems out there, and there are some who act like Republicans a lot of the time. But on Iraq, the Democrats …

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