Archive for October, 2009

Obama as the Democratic Reagan – An Update

Posted on October 31, 2009 by

There was talk during last year’s campaign about certain similarities between then Senator Obama and Ronald Reagan. The comparison gained even more traction when Obama himself characterized the former Republican president as “transformative.” That was seen as a way of appealing to moderate voters who had crossed over to Reagan as well as a swipe [...]

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Don’t Hate the Haters

Posted on October 27, 2009 by

When tea party types are asked to explain their placards comparing President Obama to Adolph Hitler, their answers are often – well – unsophisticated. That makes it pretty easy for us to then see those protesters as morons, or worse. Moreover, if we were to probe their belief systems, we would likely find some hidden [...]

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More Unjustified Optimism from Observe Obama

Posted on October 24, 2009 by

Many of us became poll-obsessed during the ’08 General Election, daily tracking the overall and state-by-state numbers. Our confidence grew during the final weeks as the numbers held. Remember the exhilaration when the Obama family walked onto the stage in Chicago’s Grant Park? That was so last year. Now we have the presidential approval numbers. [...]

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What Should We Do, John Kerry?

Posted on October 20, 2009 by

When we sent John Kerry up against George Bush in 2004 we thought we picked the right guy. Thoughtful, experienced and self-possessed, the “other” Senator from Massachusetts seemed more serious than Howard Dean, more authentic than John Edwards and certainly more presidential than the incumbent. But when the Republicans do what they do best – [...]

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Where are the Blue Dogs?

Posted on October 17, 2009 by

There are 52 Blue Dog (conservative to moderate) Democrats in the United States House of Representatives out of a total of 256 Democrats. In Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Utah, Blue Dogs comprise half or more of the Democratic House delegation in that state. California [...]

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The American Parliamentary Election…Congressional Majorites Above All

Posted on October 14, 2009 by

I’ve had a lot of arguments with my friends about Joe Lieberman. When the Connecticut Senator and former Al Gore running mate was defeated in the 2006 Democrat primary by Ned Lamot, many progressives were elated. Lieberman had infuriated Democrats by sticking with Bush’s Iraq war policy long after the support of most Americans had [...]

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2010 United States Senate Elections

Posted on October 11, 2009 by

On November 2, 2010 voters in 36 states will be choosing a United States Senator. Currently holding these seats are 18 Democrats and 18 Republicans. Among the eight retiring Senators, five are Republican. All but two of these races will decide full six-year Senate terms. The election in Delaware fills the last four years of [...]

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Election Anniversary Stirs Democrat’s Anxiety

Posted on October 10, 2009 by

Instead of celebrating next month’s anniversary of Obama’s victory, many Democrats will be nervously facing the prospect of the 2010 Congressional midterm election. You can already hear the moaning and groaning about losing the House and our “filibuster-proof” Senate majority. We’ve got to hand it to the Republicans. They’ve energized their base, driven down Obama’s [...]

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President Obama’s Political Appointments

Posted on October 8, 2009 by

Keep on eye on who gets top jobs in this Administration: Cabinet Departments and Agencies – Commerce, Defence, Interior, EPA, Labor, Treasury, more Executive Office of the President – Council on Environmental Quality, OMB, U.S. Trade Representative, more Regulatory Agencies – Consumer Product Safety Commission, FTC, SEC, more Independent Agencies – CIA, National Labor Relations [...]

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Will Progressives Bolt if Obama Says Yes to Afghan "Surge"?

Posted on October 3, 2009 by

Here’s a tough one: Could it be that the war in Afghanistan is worth the costs for America? Progressive Democrats are inclined to oppose foreign military actions. Many of us cut our teeth politically opposing the war in Vietnam, Reagan’s crusade to destroy the Sandinistas in Nicaragua and Bush’s fiasco in Iraq. But from the [...]

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