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Dan Manatt

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Misplaced Priorities

Posted February 22, 2011 | 15:50:20 (EST)

This post was co-written by myself and Brett DiResta, co-founder with me of the ironically named ("If you're not with us... You must Hate America

Republicans are, if nothing else, excellent at repeating themselves. Hell, if you could teach a parrot to say "tax cuts", "it's the fault of...

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Can President Obama Sit at Rand Paul's Lunch Counter? Can John Roberts and Nino Scalia? and Other Reasons Jack Conway Must Be Kentucky's Next Senator

Posted May 20, 2010 | 12:25:19 (EST)

Yesterday I wrote a post about -- like a million other Wednesday morning quarterbacks -- one of the possible paths to victory in Kentucky for Jack Conway -- a Senate seat and candidate I have a particular interest in.  

The path went straight through Ran...

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Kentucky -- The 2010 Teabag War's Ground Zero

Posted May 19, 2010 | 16:00:09 (EST)

Ground zero in the Teabag War this fall will not be in Arkansas nor even Pennsylvania.

It will be in Kentucky.

Rand Paul, as everyone knows, is the Republican/Tea Party nominee. He will be a true Tea Party candidate -- not a moderate temporarily adopted by the Teabaggers like Scott...

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The Roberts Court's Corporate Radicalism: Progressives Need Kagan, SCOTUS Refocus

Posted May 13, 2010 | 12:18:36 (EST)

Progressives' criticisms of the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court may well be valid on single, specific issues. But they seem to miss two key points:

  • SCOTUS's Personal Politics:
As Larry Lessig wrote earlier this week, the key to an effective Supreme Court Justice isn't just...
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Sarah Palin on the Gulf Spill: Prayer and the Invisible Hand Will Deliver Us From Eco-Disaster

Posted May 3, 2010 | 21:47:51 (EST)

The Gulf disaster proves, at a minimum, that Sarah Palin's mindless slogans like "Drill Baby Drill" are not enough to make good energy or environmental policy.

A video by Americans for America PAC, which I co-direct, tries to make that case as simply as possible, juxtaposing...

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Scott Brown Trades His Truck For a Limo: Votes With the Banks

Posted April 28, 2010 | 13:09:41 (EST)

I tell ya, maybe it's because I'm reaching middle age, but the pace of American politics is starting to make my head swim.

Remember Scott Brown, a regular guy from Wrentham, Massachusetts who drove a truck and would be nobody's Senator by the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts?

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DVR Democracy Comes of Age: Or, How Jon Stewart May Have Saved Financial Reform & the Senate Dems

Posted April 23, 2010 | 11:40:57 (EST)

Mark yesterday, April 22, 2010, in the history book.

It was the day American Democracy discovered the DVR.

It happened at a Capitol press conference. There, the Senate Democratic leadership found the cajones, via a video montage, to use the L Word and say to the Republicans: "You...

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Republican Socialist Hypocrites: Comrade Sarah Palin & Rush Limbaugh!!!

Posted March 10, 2010 | 23:50:20 (EST)

HuffPost's Sam Stein was one of the first to report on the news about Sarah Palin's admission that her family used to sneak into Canada for free health care.

That, along with news that, if health care reform passes, Rush Limbaugh plans to move to Costa...

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The Constitution & Health Care: Would Glenn Beck Say James Madison Was an Unelected Constitution Czar?

Posted September 19, 2009 | 14:41:07 (EST)

Happy Constitution Day! That's right, it was 222 years ago Thursday, on September 17, 1787, the Constitution was signed at Independence Hall.

Who'd have thunk that the Constitution, the convention that negotiated it, and the ratification debates that followed would have such relevance 222 years later -- and even precisely...

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Fun With Teabaggers: If They Can Protest, Tell Them to Thank Big Government

Posted September 12, 2009 | 18:29:22 (EST)

A college buddy of mine -- let's call him KS -- told me he was coming to D.C. this weekend, and asked if he could stay with my wife and me, to which I said of course.

He didn't tell me he was coming to D.C. for the 9/12 Teabaggers...

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South Carolinians Gone Wild: Wilson's Only the Latest ...

Posted September 11, 2009 | 11:39:31 (EST)

South Carolina Shame: Past, Present, Future

Joe Wilson's "You lie!" outburst wasn't just a breach of protocol.

It was South Carolina's latest and greatest contribution to its famous - and infamous - contribution of some of the most offensive and divisive moments in American history.

Remember Fort Sumter? Yes, Joe Wilson's...

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Macaca Day 2009: From George Allen to Claire McCaskill, Video Trackers to Town Haters

Posted August 12, 2009 | 18:42:53 (EST)

Yesterday marked the third anniversary of George Allen calling S.R. Siddarth "Macaca" while Siddarth's camera rolled.

Macaca Day, for those of us who make our living from video on the Internet and elsewhere, is a holy day -- the day that marks the birth of YouTube politics, and reminds...

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Top 10 Ways Team Obama Should Use Web Video & MultiMedia

Posted November 13, 2008 | 10:00:19 (EST)

Here's the ADD version of this post - Team Obama should create/implement the following Web Video programs:

(1); (2) Weekly Obama Webcast; (3) GovTube; (4) Video Content on Non-Governmental sites; (5) in every executive branch agency, create New Media, Transparency, and Technology offices; (6) have cabinet members/agency heads...

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Happy Macaca Day!!! The 2nd Anniversary of the Birth of YouTube Politics

Posted August 18, 2008 | 14:05:37 (EST)

Just two years ago, the modern age of YouTube/Web Video Politics began:

On 8.11.06, Sen. George Allen, a shoo in for reelection and early favorite for the GOP 08 pres nomination, called Web Campaign video tracker S.R. Sidarth "Macaca".

On 8.14.08, the Webb campaign, unable to get TV stations to...

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