How short the memories of the electorate. When the president took office, the American economy, the envy of the world, was falling off the cliff. Growth was declining at an annual rate of about 6 percent. We were losing three-quarters-of-a-million jobs every month. The American financial system was in freefall. People were wondering whether they [...]
(This was going to be a comment on this post.) What if, and I realize it is a big if, Obama’s health insurance reforms work. What if we all do measurably better under a cooperative approach legislated by the Democrats. Would conservatives be OK with it? I deplore double-standards and I ask myself — what [...]
My opinion on dissent has not changed — it is a good thing. Actual debate is always good. And right now some actual debate is occurring. For example, Krugman, who I like, doesn’t like Obama’s bail-out plan. Neither do some other economists I read and listen to. I think Obama has gotten a wide range [...]
I think that if Obama is kind and respectful to the leaders of Venezuela, North Korea and Iran it will be a good thing. Diplomacy is an art. The Bush foreign policy doctrine was a joke. Call them names, ignore them, demonize them — WTF did that get us? Obama is obviously going for a [...]
What would the world look like if the Right had their way?
JUST LIKE IT DID FOR THE LAST 8 FUCKING YEARS UNDER THE WORST PRESIDENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY. It is fucking ridiculous that the goddamn Right Wing thinks we are going to forget the last 8 fucking years. If you disagree with the approach Obama is taking — GOOD! That means we might be on the [...]
I am proud of Obama already. He is closing Gitmo and he is unreservedly renouncing torture. Good on ya!
I am, of course, very, very happy that Barack Obama is taking office. I think he is going to be a great President. He is smart and shown excellent judgment so far. I think we elected a very good man and I am optimistic that he will point us back in the right direction. With [...]
I often say “bless you” to people, like when they bring me a cold frosty Summit Extra Pale Ale. I like the phrase, even though I’m an atheist. But I just want to take a moment to say THANK YOU JESUS! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! The United States of [...]
We can look at this in terms of moral ideals or we can look at it in greedy terms of pure capitalism and either way we come to the same answer: we all do better when we all do better. Financially, it’s just obvious: you get a better standard of living and a bigger GDP [...]
Collin Powell, that left-wing socialist un-American loon has done it again. On Palin: I don’t believe she’s ready to be president of the United States, which is the job of the vice president On the rat-bastard Republicans: I’m also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say. And it [...]
Conservatives, if that’s what you call them, freak out
This is fascinating: Christopher Buckley, son of William F. Buckley, founder of the National Review, resigns from the National Review because he endorsed Obama on a blog: Obama has in him—I think, despite his sometimes airy-fairy “We are the people we have been waiting for” silly rhetoric—the potential to be a good, perhaps even great [...]
McCain thinks he can scumbag his way into office. Norm Coleman apparently thinks the same thing. When will they learn? Those scary ads about how scary the other guy is with wolves howling and facts set aside for sensationalistic lies DO NOT WORK.
From The Political Animal: If you want the next four years looking just like the last eight, then I am not your candidate. But if you want real change – if you want an economy that rewards work, and that works for Main Street and Wall Street; if you want tax relief for the middle [...]
A friend sent me this. We’ve all seen that Palin clip by now. I think it is maybe the first time that SNL was able to use a quote word for word and have it be absolutely hilarious. Jack is mad and he should be. I would forgive Palin for having one bad moment. We [...]
Palin is a liability to McCain and the US of A. She is the intellectual equivalent of George W. Bush. She is not educated, not informed, not intellectually curious, not quick on her feet and completely inappropriate for the job of President. It has nothing to do with her being a woman. I’m glad that [...]
Over at 2 Focus Inn there is a post of an email forward comparing Palin and Obama. Look, Righties, we know that Obama is running against McCain. YOU invited the comparison between Palin and Obama because you keep harping on this incorrect notion that Obama is inexperienced. McCain is old and his VP choice has [...]
Let’s see, a high-level recap of the things that happened under the Republicans over the last 8 years: 1. 9/11 2. Katrina 3. The credit crisis 4. The closely related housing crisis 5. Iraq 6 Afghanistan 7. $4 gas Now the government just nationalized Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac — another example of deregulation at [...]
Let’s give him a break, he’s old after all. Really old. Like approaching the average life expectancy old (which is 77.8 years). But his speech last night was confusing as hell. I can’t sum it up better than this article from the Guardian: At the biggest moment of his political career, he delivered a flat, [...]
(That is an embed from CNN, we’ll see if it works.) It’s funny (but painful) to see CNN actually ask and demand answers to hard questions. The McCain campaign has no answer as to why they have a different standard for Sarah Palin than they do for Barak Obama when it comes to the necessary [...]
I think this is a great ticket. Obama got where he is because he is smart and well-spoken. Biden is where he is because he rose to prominence in the Senate. I’ve heard people joke about how this should be the Biden-Obama ticket. That would be fine too. When I think about what the most [...]
Iraq is a mess. If things improve and Iraqis get their country under control and implement peaceful, representative, secular government no one will be happier than me. I have never had the goal of watching Bush and his administration fail. Even if Iraq does improve and stabilize, it will not in any way excuse Bush [...]
From Political Radar: “What Senator McCain neglected to mention was that during those thirty years, he was in Washington for twenty-six of them. And in all that time, he did little to reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” Obama said. “So when Senator McCain talks about the failure of politicians in Washington to do anything [...]
Let’s ask 2 questions: 1. In retrospect, was it a good idea to invade Iraq? 2. Given that we are in Iraq, what is the best course of action? My answers: 1) Of course not. It represents a complete failure of foreign policy. This is universally agreed upon with the exception of the ultra-wacko-wing of [...]
We have 2 good presidential candidates in Barack Obama and John McCain. I like John McCain more than I ever liked Bush and I like Barack Obama better than either Al Gore or John Kerry. These are two good candidates and two good men. Now it’s inevitable that the extremists in either party will sling [...]
People keep trying to bring up Obama’s “inexperience”. I have two objections to this. 1) He is a very accomplished person professionally and 2) Why is it, all of a sudden, that people think the only ones capable of being President are career politicians? Who else has direct foreign policy experience except people in government? [...]
I really can’t add much to this article at the Minnesota Monitor: Rightwing blogs decry Obama’s meeting with imam Bush kissed except to try to point attention to it.
I have a challenge for conservatives and middle of the road Republicans — give Obama a chance. Just give the man a chance. John “Bush 3.0″ McCain represents nothing more than a minor tweaking to Bush’s policies on Iraq and the economy. When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. I know the far right could never vote for Obama but many of you that voted for Bush and were disappointed owe it to yourselves to listen to Obama and give him a chance to earn your support. I don’t agree with Obama on every issue. It’s not required that you agree with a candidate on every issue. Separate the person from the political party and give each candidate a fair shot at your support.
We need the progressives, the liberals, the Democrats and the democrats to stand up, give Hillary Clinton a big round of applause and then put all of our efforts into Barack Obama, the next president of the United States. And Dear Bill Clinton, I know you owe your wife big time for the muck you dragged [...]