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Entries by Robert Kuttner from 09/2008

The Uniter-Divider and His Bare Cupboard

| Posted 09.05.2008 | Huffington Post

On Thursday, John McCain pledged to end partisan rancor. On Wednesday, his running mate, Sarah Palin, and the rest of his crew did everything possible...

Little Orphan Fannie

| Posted 09.08.2008 | Huffington Post

Here is the cycle: government invents something virtuous. The private market takes it over, loses hundreds of billions. Government then bails it out. Surely there is an Obama teachable moment here.

Too Clever by Half?

| Posted 09.09.2008 | Politics

So what is the connection between Barack Obama's core beliefs, his campaign advisers, and his rather lackluster performance since Denver?

The Passion Gap

| Posted 09.10.2008 | Politics

Obama fans should be reassured that he has been in this funk before, and has managed to get his mojo back. However, the anxious class has good reason to be anxious.

Shaggy Fox Story

| Posted 09.11.2008 | Media

It was fun telling Hannity what a fool he is. I'm reasonably articulate at talking about economic issues, and I don't like bullies.

An American Puzzle

| Posted 09.12.2008 | Huffington Post

Most Excellent Comrade Ambassador! -- The intelligence service has been requested to research why Republicans chose this peasant woman to be mate of John McCain. We most humbly apologize, but this nomination seems to make no sense.

Wall Street Delivers

| Posted 09.15.2008 | Politics

Under Bush, misguided theories of deregulation were entangled with corruption and incompetence in enforcing the scant regulation that remained. The result was subprime and its spawn.

Populist McCain, Polite Obama

| Posted 09.17.2008 | Politics

Even with the deepening financial crisis, the Obama campaign has still largely stuck to fairly bland, generic, and largely uninspired messages about McCain being an out-of-touch Washington insider.

Game Changer

| Posted 09.18.2008 | Huffington Post

Obama is sounding like a compelling leader again, connecting the dots between Republican ideology, Republican policy, carnage on Wall Street, and wreckage on Main Street--and taking it directly to McCain.

Calling Paulson's Bluff

| Posted 09.21.2008 | Business

Paulson spent the past two weeks playing a game of chicken with firms like Lehman Brothers and AIG. Now he is playing even higher-stakes chicken with Congress and the economy.

A Fine Mess

| Posted 09.23.2008 | Huffington Post

The bailout bill will enable Obama to assume one of his favorites stances -- the progressive who bridges differences. He can claim that the unified Democrats dramatically improved a flawed and self-interested Republican bill.

Slow Down and Get This Right

| Posted 09.24.2008 | Politics

If Paulson's arrogant tactic of demanding instant action because of impending catastrophe sounds vaguely familiar, it's because it evokes how the same Bush administration rushed through the Patriot Act.

Fishing in Troubled Waters

| Posted 09.26.2008 | Business

The emerging House Republican plan for a "private sector solution" is pathetic. It's not really private at all, and it won't solve the problem. But what will solve the problem?

Notes for Next Time

| Posted 09.27.2008 | Politics

I can only conclude that my friends and I are policy wonks -- the typical viewer saw a garrulous old man, who occasionally stepped over the line into being mean or condescending.

Pelosi's Price

| Posted 09.30.2008 | Huffington Post

A very dubious Wall Street rescue package went down to defeat Monday because the Republican leadership double-crossed the Democrats. Neither party was...