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Entries by David Sirota from 01/2007

The Right Gives Away Its Guidebook - Will We Listen?

| Posted 01.01.2007 | Huffington Post

Our opponents built their movement that dominated the last three decades by stepping up and embracing movement ideology. What will we do?

The Fear of Them Calling Us Rebels

| Posted 01.02.2007 | Politics
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This is the second of three book review posts I am doing on books I read in 2006. The first review was on Richard Viguerie's "America's Right Turn," a...

Congress Pushes Green M&Ms As Cure for Cancer

| Posted 01.03.2007 | Politics
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Everyone in Washington understands that the only way to really limit corruption is to publicly finance elections. So why aren't Democrats in Congress pushing forward with a public financing bill?

"I'm Going to Be Hugged & Kissed As Long As I'm Giving Them A Check"

| Posted 01.04.2007 | Politics
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Yesterday, I noted how the Democratic ethics "reform" plan is a sham, much like your doctor giving you a green M&M and expecting you to believe it is ...

Getting Our Right Brains Working

| Posted 01.05.2007 | Politics
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This is the third of three book review posts I am doing on books I read in 2006. The first was on first review was on Richard Viguerie's "America's Right Turn," and the second was on Sanford Horwitt's "Let Them Call Me Rebel."

Weird Coalitions - Or, How to Make Bipartisanship Work for Us

| Posted 01.08.2007 | Politics
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Successful movements - as opposed to Partisan Wars - pull their traditional opponents into coalitions on specific issues, rather than selling out thei...

More Doubletalk From Barney Frank? Or Am I Missing Something?

| Posted 01.08.2007 | Politics
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Regular readers of this blog likely remember the back and forth I recently had with Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) over his so-called "grand bargain." Frank...

Who Really Is "Out of Sync With the American Public?"

| Posted 01.10.2007 | Politics
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"The activist left is out of sync with the American public." - DLC leader Will Marshall on progressive efforts to prevent a military escalation in Iraq, 1/10/07

Getting Past Vietnam-Era Condescension & Insecurity

| Posted 01.11.2007 | Politics
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There seems to be a pervasive and not-so-subtle streak of anger among 50-60 something pundits who describe themselves as "liberal" and yet who constan...

The Place Where Logic Does Not Exist

| Posted 01.12.2007 | Politics
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There is something truly sad/pathetic about a man like the DLC's Will Marshall. He spent the last decade telling Democrats how they should go about su...

Understanding the West: Some Tools for Democrats

| Posted 01.13.2007 | Politics
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Now that Democrats have thankfully selected Denver as the site of the 2008 convention, we can expect a glut of stories from the national press corps a...

JOIN IN: Help PSN, Moveon & Kennedy Launch the 50-State Response to Bush's Iraq Escalation Plan

| Posted 01.16.2007 | Politics
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Progressive States Network, MoveOn, Women Legislators' Lobby, Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, and Sen. Ted Kennedy will hold a conference call tomorrow.

TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW: Join the 50-State Anti-Escalation Campaign TODAY

| Posted 01.17.2007 | Politics
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As Kennedy said, time is now of the essence, as President Bush is already trying to move forward with escalation. It is up to us to demand that our state legislators go on record telling Congress to stop a military escalation.

On Iraq, Pretending the Past Doesn't Exist Doesn't Help...Or Make It Go Away

| Posted 01.18.2007 | Politics
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The fact that some of the highest profile politicians are calling for a halt to the escalation and end to the war without explaining their previous statements is troubling.

What They Said, And When They Said It

| Posted 01.19.2007 | Politics
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The misinformation surrounding the Iraq War has become so commonplace and mundane that it is almost invisible.

Schweitzer Hammers Bush on Iraq in Nat'l Dem Radio Address

| Posted 01.20.2007 | Politics
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Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D), who declared his opposition to the Iraq War way back before it ever began, delivered Democrats' national radio addr...

Top Dems Still Counsel "Go Slow" Approach to Opposing the Iraq War

| Posted 01.23.2007 | Politics
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Let's see - polls show more than two thirds of Americans oppose President Bush's escalation plan, less than a quarter support his handling of the Iraq...

Progressive States Ramps Up Economic/Ethics Agenda

| Posted 01.24.2007 | Politics
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With state legislatures convening right now, the Progressive States Network is working overtime in a number of areas and on a number of issues. Last w...

Do We Have the Courage to Take on ALL of Our Opponents?

| Posted 01.25.2007 | Huffington Post

We can make a difference, I am sure of it - but only if we are willing to take on our opponents - ALL of them.

Clintonites Demand Democrats Wait Some More Friedmans On Free Trade

| Posted 01.31.2007 | Politics
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The Wall Street wing of the Democratic Party is on the Hill begging Congress to accept the demand in order to let our current trade policy "work" for a few more Friedmans.