Once again I'm reminded of just how stupid our financial leadership class really is. Laugh along with me:
But according to Craig Focardi, an analyst with TowerGroup, a financial industry consulting firm, federal bankruptcy laws passed last year could also help make it less likely that banks will push for foreclosures when consumers become delinquent with mortgages.
This is a whole new deal. Democrats at the helms of both houses.
What's more, an ample majority in the House means a few outliers won't impede progressive action.
The Senate "majority," though, is a delicate thing. 49-49, with two independents who — we hear — will sit with the donkey caucus. With Dick Cheney waiting in the wings to break ties.
Clearly, the Senate needs bold leadership. As I see it, there is one person there who has stood on the right, and reality-based, side of every important issue. And so I wrote him this note: Read more about Leaders Wanted
I was wrong. Now is the time for a little blog triumphalism. I just got this from the Webb campaign:
November 9 Victory Update
As expected, it was extremely close (49.6%-49.3%â€¦a lead of only 7,200 votes), but the hard work of Generation Webb and the rest of our volunteers paid off and we not only won an election for Jim Webb, but we won back the U.S. Senate and have effectively ended the Bush Era in Washington!
His Royal Badness:
What the Dems are saying:
Pelosi praised "the beauty and genius of our democracy," and thanked voters for giving Democrats the chance to lead.
"Democrats pledge civility and bipartisanship in conduct of the work here," she said, calling for "partnerships not partisanship."
What the Dems are actually thinking:
MARSELLUS: Step aside, Butch.
Butch steps aside, revealing Marsellus standing behind him, holding a pump-action shotgun.
KABOOM!!!! Read more about CD Hearts Billmon
A while back I wrote this funloving post while in a rare upbeat mood, and last night I spent some time with the Capitol Hill Drinking Liberally gang, and listened to John Hliko, founder of Act For Love and also the infamous DraftWesleyClark.com, and Stempac, the stem cell research advocacy blog. John and I agreed that it's a simple idea: Democrats need to keep reminding people that we are the party of fun. And good sex, food, booze, comedians, and everything else that makes the burden of life lessened. Read more about Take Action and Get Action (Sex, That Is)
Pat Buchanan may have a point. After the election fever has died down and the Democrats have stopped back slapping and get in the game, we still have a problem. The growing inequality in the economy and the dilemma of Globalization are creating shockwaves of resistance within the rank and file of America. Between the growing scarcity of natural resources, the exponential increase in demand as three billion people come on line as consumers, and Americaâ€™s addiction to hegemony there is a growing nationalism that is increasingly xenophobic and essentialist â€“ we have work to do
Surprise, it's all "if only they had listened to me."
But the last paragraph is great, since it shows how the "moderate Republicans" are going to have a lot less power to work their enabling scams: Read more about The kind of headline we like to see
The blogosphere has a date with the mainstream news media Tuesday night in the metasphere. CNN is hosting its first E-lection Nite Blog Party at Tryst, a well-worn Washington coffee hangout, and bringing together about 25 of the nationâ€™s top political bloggers to, well, blog.
The tipoff is in last paragraph: Read more about I know where CD was Tuesday night!
That's the question you should ask every Democratic representative and Senator--especially the new ones.
The Republicans are saying they will never disgorge their authoritarian gains. Listen to this bravado from the Republican losers in the White House. They just don't know any other way to behave. Mike Allen: Read more about What is your plan to restore Constitutional government?
It's a good thing Howard Dean didn't hand over all our money to Rahm and Upchuck Schumer, because otherwise those clowns might have pissed it all away on Beltway consultants and cocktail weinies and lost us yet another election: Read more about Shut up, Rahm. Shut up and stop getting in front of the cameras, because Howard Dean was right
[Sorry for the redundancy on "Republican fucktards." I just had to listen to Olympia "No Conscience" Snowe on NPR, explaining how she was going to work with her co-chair, Ho Lieberman (R-Walking Around Money), in the Centrist Coalition. Gag me with a spoon. Anyhow.]
I'd link to something but there isn't anything to link to. Notice that stories about unverifiable, unrecountable elections have--aside from the Virginia situation--virtually disappeared.
This cannot be allowed. Nothing is fixed, nothing is secured. You want a fun thought? What if DIEBOLD THREW THE ELECTION TO DEMOCRATS?? Read more about Verified Voting is NOT Off The Table