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Entries by David Sirota from 11/2008

How to Make Your Voice Heard as a New York Voter

| Posted 11.01.2008 | Politics

New York voters can vote for Barack Obama on the Working Families Party line -- sending a specific and powerful progressive message to every single elected officeholder in that state.

"Center-Right Nation" Watch - Doug Schoen Edition

| Posted 11.02.2008 | Politics

Doug Schoen is the DLC-affiliated pollster for Republicans like Mike Bloomberg - the guy who bashes progressive organizations from the right, the gen...

Mandate Watch -- Bellwether Races/Initiatives To Watch Below the Presidential Contest

| Posted 11.03.2008 | Politics

How will we know the shape, size and depth of whatever mandate comes out of this, the most ideologically polarized election since 1980?

Nomination for Best Image of Election Night 2008

| Posted 11.05.2008 | Media

For best image of the night, I nominate this image juxtaposing Newsweek's recent cover entitled "America the Conservative" next to 2008's electoral map showing a landslide for the "socialist."

The Obama Moment - America Looks In the Mirror and Celebrates

| Posted 11.05.2008 | Politics

Last night pundits and political insisted that we needed their analysis to tell us what happened - we didn't. Because for once, this isn't their presidential candidate, he is ours.

The Mandate Manipulation Machine Enters Stage Right

| Posted 11.06.2008 | Politics

Once Tuesday delivered a huge progressive landslide, that pre-election hysteria has turned into a full-on panic, one that threatens the current Establishment's very relevance and authority.

The Need to Go Big

| Posted 11.07.2008 | Politics
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Before any cabinet secretaries are selected, before statehouse leadership positions are filled, before any bills are authored, it seems to me Democrat...

The Obama Cabinet - What a Progressive Team Looks Like

| Posted 11.08.2008 | Politics

Lots of speculation swirls about who will be in Obama's cabinet, and who should be. In These Times magazine's October cover story solicited suggestion...

Bailout Watch: Bush's Subtle Scheme to Stop Obama Reforms

| Posted 11.09.2008 | Politics

It looks like the Bush administration is going to do everything it can to keep things just the way they are.

Elite Media Voices Begin Making Our Arguments

| Posted 11.10.2008 | Media

It seems the demands for accepting the progressive mandate of the election, Going Big and emulating FDR -- are starting to be echoed even in the elite media stratosphere.

Bush's Last Gamble

| Posted 11.14.2008 | Politics

Obama will not support linking the Colombia Free Trade Agreement to economic stimulus. That's good policy and good politics. It will also prevent Bush's last-ditch effort to fracture the Democratic Party.

Stripping Paulson of His Remaining Power & Money [Update]

| Posted 11.17.2008 | Politics

Now, with bipartisan congressional anger mounting, we may see a forceful legislative campaign to take back what remaining money Paulson wants to give away to his friends on Wall Street.

Fearing Rejection, Bush Backs Off Bailout Request

| Posted 11.17.2008 | Politics

Per my post earlier today, this is huge news if it holds: Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- The Bush administration told congressional aides it won't ask lawma...

The Big Heist

| Posted 11.18.2008 | Politics

If we are to believe this story taxpayers were forced to give away hundreds of billions of dollars to banks that actually weren't experiencing nearly the credit crisis they and our government officials claimed.

Should We Be Surprised?

| Posted 11.18.2008 | Politics

A question in the aftermath of Chairman Lieberman's heroic return to the welcoming arms of the Senate Democratic club: Should we be surprised? No, re...

A "Team of Rivals" Or a Rival Team?

| Posted 11.19.2008 | Politics

If "Team of Rivals" = "Bipartisanship," shouldn't there be some full-on progressives in some very powerful positions?

The Media's Own Innocent Bystander Fable

| Posted 11.20.2008 | Media

According to Newsweek, the entire political media is an innocent bystander to politics -- somehow the reporters writing their stories have nothing to do with "the press" they are writing about.

HHS Chief Daschle Says States Will Play Major Role In Health Care Reform

| Posted 11.20.2008 | Politics

Though as a former senate majority leader Daschle seems like a conventional cabinet pick, his deep understanding of the role that states must play in health care sets him apart.

Tuning Out the Braindead Megaphone

| Posted 11.21.2008 | Politics

Despite the "center-right nation" garbage, empirical public opinion data shows America is a decidedly center-left nation, especially on the issue of health care.

Confused About Tax Promises

| Posted 11.23.2008 | Politics

Beyond the very clear -- and admirable -- mandate Obama created for himself in terms of raising taxes on the rich, history suggests such a policy is not at odds with righting an economy.

The Tax History Conservatives Want Us to Forget

| Posted 11.25.2008 | Business

As you'll see, the CNBC reporters start laughing at Grover Norquist, having trouble taking him seriously. And I must say, I really wasn't sure he was being serious -- but, of course, he was.

Big Trouble in Little America

| Posted 11.30.2008 | Entertainment

Big Trouble in Little China debuted in 1986 -- arguably the peak of American world supremacy.