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Daschle's Out, but Is the Lesson Learned?

Sigh. I guess it's "surprising" that the guy who spent most of his time as Leader caving, went and caved to Republican pressure. But the real question isn't about the morality or qualification (not) paying taxes confers. It's about whether or not the new administration willl ever figure out that there's a real good reason for truly having ideological diversity in the applicant pool. Read below the fold...

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Arguing for More Push-Back

David notes:

This super-durable bungee cord must have the force of law, meaning it will be woven by Democratic legislators now exerting as much pressure on President Obama's left as congressional Republicans focused on President Bush's right.

When, for instance, Obama hedged on his promise to revoke $226 billion worth of Bush's upper-income tax cuts, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) pushed him to fulfill the pledge and put the money into programs that better guarantee job creation.

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chicago dyke's picture

A Valid Question

No, Really. I think this is worth more discussion:

Play dirty against the BlueDogs how? In what way?
By bringiton on Wed, 01/28/2009 - 2:21pm

Seriously, I'm asking.

Through what mechanism? By what means? What is it you would have the Dem Leadership do, keeping in mind that Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, elected by the Caucus, is a BlueDog through and through?

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chicago dyke's picture

A Tall Order for All of Us: Taxes are Good

A friend of mine likes to joke that "all Republicans are socialists," meaning that when it comes to the government handing out free money to bankers, large off-shore HQ'd corporations, or Red Staters sucking the Federal tit, they just can't say "No." We've spent a lot of time mocking them for the hypocrisy in this, as it comes from those people who are at the same time, the most loudly against "welfare" and other entitlements and funding for the rest of us. Read below the fold...

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Stupid, Cowardly, Incompetent or Lying? or: Being a Democrat isn't Really So Hard

So my job is the push the new administration "from the left," if my blogging can said to have a constructive purpose. It's always fun to read more popular bloggers when they get snarky and angry in the way I'm prone to be most of the time, as I review the proposals and behaviors of the new administration. No one here is shocked by the already numerous "disappointments" from the administration, but I do wonder how long the majority in this country is going to keep giving Obama high approval ratings. Read below the fold...

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Popularity, Friends, and Enemies in the New Era

I have to say: it's been rough. I've not been a member of the Oborg since before most people even knew he was running for office. For personal and private reasons based on my experience with him, and that of some friends. At the same time, I've not been as...vocal in my disappointment with him, his appointments and stated policy goals, as some; here, elsewhere. I feel like a DS9 fan at a B5 vs. BSG Con, some days. But I'm curious about what your experience has been like, since, say, the convention. Read below the fold...

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NPR Hates Autoworkers

Yesterday I was trapped in the car and forced to listen to NPR. They told me about how "most Americans hate American cars and won't buy them." So why bother to save the American car industry, right? Today, they've been reminding us about how union workers are overpaid and don't deserve health and retirement benefits or lifelong employment. Thanks, you corporate whores! For reminding me why I won't ever be giving you any money ever again, and will continue on my campaign to get everyone I know to do the same. You really suck, you hypocritical lying apologists. Read below the fold...

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Moronic Dems Utterly Fail the Media/Rhetoric Game, Again

I'm really tempted to make a Chinatown joke here ("My mother! My sister!") but the situation is funny enough as it is. Will he or won't he? I guess no one is sure. Now that's Leadership! Reid denies, says the AP lies! Read below the fold...

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What do you get for messing up and not salvaging the Michigan pimary: Re-elected.

First, let me give you some background on Michigan's 2008 Democratic Primary. The primary was moved to January 15th by an act of both Michigan legislatures. To make an important note, though, the original idea came from the Republican-controlled Michigan Senate, and the bill passed the Senate along purely paristan lines with the 21 Republicans voting "yes" for the move, and the 17 Democrats voting "no." Read below the fold...

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Influencing Obama - It's Possible!

Just ask Steny Hoyer and his Blue Dogs.

"Conservatives in the congressional Blue Dog Coalition were among the first Democrats to applaud his calls for fiscal discipline.

Tennessee Rep. Jim Cooper (D), an outspoken budget hawk, congratulated Obama for “making good on his campaign promise to change the way Washington does business by reforming the budget process and cutting wasteful spending.

“He has my full support in this effort,” Cooper continued.

“Streamlining the federal budget and eliminating wasteful spending,” said South Dakota Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, “will jump-start efforts to restore fiscal responsibility and accountability to the federal government.”

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Simple and Elegant Brilliance from BAR

I know this is linked to below, and that Avedon has joined the bandwagon, but I think this simple point is worth repeating, over and over and over. Call *me* boring, I can hack it, but don't dismiss the essential truth of this:
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