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Obama and Bright Lines in the Sand

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama again refused to give a strong defense of the public option himself. By doing so, he just dug the hole deeper. What exactly does Obama stand for in the health care debate?

Arab Pro-Democracy Movements Should Support Iran's New Revolutionaries

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Firas Al-Atraqchi

While Iranians may look to the West for help, it is their immediate neighbors which should support their struggle.

Terry McAuliffe's Achilles Heel was not the Clintons

Kimberly Krautter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kimberly Krautter

McAuliffe presented himself as a carpetbagger, pure and simple. Blaming the Clintons is grossly unfair to the former President and the Secretary of State.

What, Exactly, Was Pelosi Supposed to Do?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Pelosi can be defended for being in an impossible situation at the time. Even if she disagreed with the policy, there simply wasn't much for her to do about it.

The Specter Switch: The Incredible Shrinking Republican Party

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

The shrinkage is primarily due to two facts about the current Religious-Right dominated Republican Party: unpopular ideas and bad attitudes.

Obama Should Be Ashamed Only Two-Thirds Approve of Him

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

People are weighing their own impressions of our new president with what the media is telling them to believe. For the most part, they are deciding that the media's take is wrong.

Is Cap-And-Trade Dead This Year?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats are all but admitting that they're killing off cap-and-trade for this year's legislative season. When the time comes, they will be blaming the Republicans, even though their own cowardice is the real culprit.

Senate Rejects McCain In Bipartisan Fashion

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The bottom line of this story is that nine out of forty-one Republican senators just broke ranks with their party and voted to strip a McCain amendment from a budget bill.

Democrats Need to Frame the Stimulus Better

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Obama has proposed a tax cut on payroll taxes. Republicans are against it, and even have taken to calling it "welfare." Excuse me? Welfare? Tax cuts are now welfare in Republicanland?

Friday Talking Points [60] -- Democratic Assertiveness Training

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What a week! With Congress back in session, with the excitement of newly-elected members being sworn in (or barred at the door, as the case may be), ...

Friday Talking Points [57] -- End Of Prohibition 75th Anniversary Edition

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Brian Williams, NBC's talking head extraordinaire, is probably a decent guy, a guy with whom you could sit down and have a beer. [More on the alcohol...

How Will Obama Enrage The Left?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama is going to do something to absolutely enrage leftists, progressives, and the few remaining Americans who actually call themselves liberals; and, furthermore, he's going to do it within his first 100 days in office.

Please, Bobby! End the Iowa/New Hampshire Hostage Crisis!

Will Bower | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Bower

Bobby Jindal has begun the process of pandering to the upcoming, 2012 cycle of the "Iowa/New Hampshire Hostage Crisis."

Memo To Right-Wing: Withdrawal Timetable Now Doubleplusgood

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I'm on a lot of strange press lists, so I get a lot of strange press releases, but this is the first time I've ever gotten one from another dimension, I have to admit.

Proposal For 2012 Primaries

Will Bower | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Bower

The primary calendar we need most is one that is built on an orderly and rational plan, and not on an arbitrary, publicity-driven, system of one-upsmanship.

Barack Obama Is Smarter Than Us

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Obama campaign did not leak, and they did not squabble amongst themselves in public -- right there, two astounding feats that no other candidate in the race could manage.

I Call the Bottom

Francine Hardaway | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Francine Hardaway

I have a big cyber-rolodex, so when someone is looking for a job, or their kid is, or their wife is, I'm a common stop on the journey.

Friday Talking Points [51] -- Some Positivity

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While we're all waiting for someone to leak the Palin Troopergate Report (which is reminiscent of waiting for "Fitzmas" during the whole Scooter Libby...

Local Media Broadcasters Nationwide Report Palin Exceeded Expectations And Biden More Knowledgeable

Beverly Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Beverly Davis

Close to one hundred citizen journalists tuned into their local television talking heads for the debate and sent OffTheBus dispatches on what they saw from around the country, from the rainy country lanes of Vermont to the misty woods of Northern California.

Friday Talking Points [48] -- Throwing Out The Rulebook

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Back in Volume 36 of this Friday Talking Points column, I pointed out what seemed to me to be an obvious observation -- that the media was going a lot...

My History Of P.U.M.A.: From Iowa To Denver and Beyond

Will Bower | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Will Bower

What now? Our primary goal is to unite the millions of disaffected Democrats and to hold the DNC and its leadership accountable this November and beyond, working to defeat key players and create fairer elections.

Lessons for Obama

Mike Bonifer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Bonifer

This is how we do it, said the Political Masters to the Eager Student. Watch and learn. Stub Up, Young Candidate. Look at how stubborn we are. You...

PUMA -- Endangered Species

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Hillary made the case she needed to make to her supporters who were still sitting on the fence, and she did it perfectly, in a speech for the ages.

A Historical Perspective On Divided Democratic Conventions

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Don't buy into the media narrative that this is some sort of "divided party" -- because today's Democrats aren't. All true Democrats are pulling hard to defeat the legacy of George W. Bush.

Friday Talking Points [44] -- McCain House Party!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

John McCain said something ridiculous to a reporter yesterday. I hasten to point out that the previous sentence should have been a major media headlin...