Archive for July, 2009

How Obama Stumbled

Posted on July 25, 2009 by

Anyone who presumes to understand what happened to our prez this week must tread carefully. His long-winded answers on health care reform at his press conference followed by his off-message remarks on the Gates arrest left the impression that the Obama persona is fracturing. He was so tightly wound and obsessed with getting his health [...]

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Senate Majority – A New Problem for Progressives

Posted on July 21, 2009 by

Much more important than the so-called filibuster-proof majority for Senate Democrats is the fact that 24 states now have two Democratic Senators (or independents who caucus with Democrats). Beside the usual suspects, these states include Arkansas, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico and Virginia. Democrats have at least one U.S. Senator in an additional 12 [...]

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Timing Not Timidity Drives Obama on Gay Rights

Posted on July 12, 2009 by

To understand how Barack Obama will overturn the ban on gays in the military, look at the administration’s strategy on achieving health care reform. Obama’s style is to carefully assemble coalitions which include buy-in from groups traditionally opposed to reform. Just as the President recruited business and medical industry elites into his health care strategy [...]

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Obama’s War

Posted on July 8, 2009 by

Seven American soldiers were killed in Afghanistan Monday, marking a spike in U.S. and NATO fatalities. There was little uproar over this tragic news, which was accompanied by military official predictions that the death toll will rise as the conflict intensifies Opposition to the troop buildup has been muted. Progressive democrats, generally disinclined toward American [...]

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Evangelicals and Climate Change

Posted on July 3, 2009 by

An ad campaign on country music radio stations in the South is urging Evangelical Christians to support Congressional Global Warming legislation. Using Biblical references – “God’s creation cries out for relief” – the spots are causing grief among economic conservatives who opposed the Waxman-Markey climate bill which passed the House last week. As the battle [...]

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Progressive and Patriotic

Posted on July 1, 2009 by

Among progressive democrats there’s a lot of angst these days that Obama will give away too much as he moves his agenda through Congress. We’ll be talking a great deal about those thin lines between bending and folding, compromising and capitulating, succeeding and surrendering. And no matter which way things go, the contingencies of the [...]

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