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Jesse Berney

Entries by Jesse Berney

E.W. Jackson is the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Ken Cuccinelli

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 5:01 PM

Democrats couldn't hold back their ecstasy this past weekend when the Republican Party of Virginia nominated minister E. W. Jackson as its candidate for lieutenant governor. Jackson is an extremist's extremist. He believes President Obama is a Muslim (and therefore an atheist, because logic). He believes that the Democratic Party...

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What a Real Apology From Rush Limbaugh Would Look Like

(198) Comments | Posted March 4, 2012 | 10:00 AM

Rush Limbaugh wrote a half-hearted apology to Sandra Fluke. Here's what a real apology would look like.

Dear Ms. Fluke:

I sincerely and deeply apologize for the words I used on-air to describe you. I was wrong to do so, and my personal attacks were well past the...

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Statement From Bob Vander Plaats Announcing His 2012 Presidential Endorsement

(2) Comments | Posted December 21, 2011 | 11:42 AM

Today Bob Vander Plaats, head of conservative Iowa group The Family Leader, announced his endorsement in the 2012 presidential race. Below his his statement.

There's something in the air here in Iowa. A new wind is blowing. There are people who turn their noses up at it, people...

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Reasonable Complaints: An Open Letter to Jonathan Chait

(15) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 10:07 AM

Dear Jonathan Chait,

Mostly you're right, of course.

Yesterday all my fellow liberals were passing David Frum's commentary about the direction of the Republican Party around Facebook; it's one of those extremely satisfying reads that says exactly what we've all been thinking. But your piece on...

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How Newt Gingrich -- Yes, Newt Gingrich -- Could Win the Republican Nomination

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2011 | 1:38 PM

Christie's out. So is Palin. Perry's in, but he peaked too early, dropping like a stone after a subpar performance in several debates. Bachmann peaked even earlier, her thin support vanishing once Perry entered. Cain is the current darling of the media and the polls, but his chances are smaller...

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Is Obama Bluffing?

(76) Comments | Posted July 7, 2011 | 3:12 PM

Call it wishful thinking. But I can't help wondering whether the proposal floated by the administration in front-page New York Times and Washington Post articles today are a tactical maneuver from President Obama.

Look at the default crisis from his perspective. The debt ceiling absolutely must...

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Top Six Revelations in the Call Between Fake David Koch and Governor Scott Walker

(1155) Comments | Posted February 23, 2011 | 11:54 AM

The call made by a Buffalo blogger pretending to be billionaire right-wing activist David Koch to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is quickly making an impact on the news cycle. (You can listen to the call on YouTube: Part 1 | Part 2.)

Walker is extremely frank...

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International Read a Koran Day

(22) Comments | Posted September 8, 2010 | 1:02 PM

I've never read the Koran.

I don't know what's in it. But I do know that burning a book holy to millions of Americans and more than a billion people worldwide is a stupid, narrow-minded thing to do.

There is no value more American than tolerance. Declaring "Burn a...

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Revealed: The Republican Party Purity Test

(28) Comments | Posted January 29, 2010 | 8:10 AM

Editor's Note: The following piece is satirical

At its winter meeting in Hawaii, the Republican National Committee is considering a resolution that would require candidates to pass a "purity test" to determine their eligibility for support from the party.

Below is a copy of the test candidates would be required...

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He Should Have Turned It Down

(483) Comments | Posted October 9, 2009 | 2:58 PM

I support Barack Obama. I want him to achieve great things here at home and around the world. I want him to have a Rushmore-worthy presidency. I want him to be so great that there's talk of repealing the 22nd Amendment. I want his birthday to become a national holiday...

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Sarah Palin's Washington Post Op-Ed: The First Draft

(15) Comments | Posted July 14, 2009 | 12:33 PM

Sarah Palin published an op-ed in the Washington Post today. I received a package this morning, wrapped in plain brown paper with no return address, identifying the following piece as the first draft of the op-ed, written by Palin herself.

There is no shortage of threats to our economy...

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Why "60 Votes" Doesn't Matter (and 70 Wouldn't Either)

(198) Comments | Posted July 1, 2009 | 4:14 PM

Victory! With the Minnesota Supreme Court's decision and Norm Coleman's concession, Democrats have finally achieved a 60-vote majority in the U.S. Senate.

You know what that means. No more Republican filibusters. No more obstruction. From this moment on, Democrats can achieve everything we've been waiting for, without compromising or watering...

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Go Away, Tom Daschle

(32) Comments | Posted June 19, 2009 | 11:57 AM

Dear Sentor Daschle,

Go away.


Look, I'm going to be frank with you. You were a terrible Majority Leader. The Republicans were more powerful in the minority -- framing the debate, setting the agenda -- than Democrats were in the majority when you ran the Senate.

When President Obama...

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Sotomayor's Nomination Reveals Obama's Biggest Mistake

(25) Comments | Posted May 26, 2009 | 3:59 PM

Following Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court today, two U.S. Senators issued the following statements.


In Judge Sotomayor, we have a superbly qualified jurist, who understands, respects, and connects with the people whose lives will be affected by the Court. Judge Sotomayor will bring invaluable experience and much...
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An Open Letter to Glenn Beck

(7) Comments | Posted April 16, 2009 | 10:57 AM

Dear Glenn,

You seem upset. Not the fake crying -- that was just bizarre. I mean all your talk of secession and suicide.

I understand your pain. I just ended an eight-year relationship with an abusive president. I thought virtually everything he did -- from tax cuts for the rich...

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Homework for the Fearful

(13) Comments | Posted November 7, 2008 | 10:44 AM

I suspect that most of the people who voted for John McCain were feeling OK when they woke up on November 5. They probably share our pride that we elected the first African-American to the White House. And while they wanted the other guy to win, President-elect Obama's approval ratings...

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Just Ignore 'Em: A Democratic Strategy for the Post-Bush Era

(215) Comments | Posted October 29, 2008 | 10:44 PM

Republicans are never going to allow genuine bipartisanship to happen during an Obama presidency.

They've portrayed Barack Obama as a radical, a socialist who pals around with terrorists. They've called him anti-American and elitist. They've intimated that he's a dark-skinned foreigner, some sort of dangerous Other who threatens our way...

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