Archive for September, 2009

Obey Obama to Observe Obama

Posted on September 27, 2009 by

Obey Obama was conceived, in part, to prepare Progressive Democrats for the inevitable. Of course the new president would disappoint his base with compromises, missed opportunities, stumbles and setbacks. I was just as certain that the activist wing of the party would quickly begin to complain and criticize the proposals, policies, strategies and even symbolic [...]

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Attack of the Misguided Missiles

Posted on September 19, 2009 by

Was John McCain being unusually clever this week when he attacked Barack Obama’s plan to scrap the Bush-era, European land-based missile interceptor system? The Arizona Republican called the president’s decision “misguided,” as in misguided missiles. Or was it just an inadvertent word play, a hasty reaction based on the need to instantly attack anything this [...]

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Conservative Protests are Tricky for Democrats

Posted on September 13, 2009 by

Maybe the only good thing about republican control of the White House and Congress from 2002 to 2006 was that their right wing base was somewhat pacified. Now conservative extremists are liberated from the restraint of governing. Look out, America. However health care reform shakes out, we now know that organized and well-funded ultra-conservatives are [...]

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Swing Voters Dropping Obama?

Posted on September 7, 2009 by

It’s painful to watch Obama’s popularity decline. His presidency is being overwhelmed by brutal attacks from the right and ongoing criticism from his base. Meanwhile, swing voters – whose political sentiments are generally shaped viscerally, not intellectually – are turning off. Republicans are behaving as expected. After all, they have a history of winning elections [...]

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Up the Learning Curve for Dems and Obama

Posted on September 2, 2009 by

Here’s an optimistic scenario: Months from now we’ll look back on August 09 and recognize it as a turning point. Yes, the republicans whooped us. They stirred their base around health care, captured the media and cleverly spread innuendo, fear and misinformation. But instead of getting flustered and indignant, we wised up. We learned that [...]

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