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President Obama: Time to Man-Up and Rehire Shirley Sherrod -- and Apologize

(72) Comments | Posted July 21, 2010 | 12:37 AM

Mr. President,

You screwed up. Secretary Vilsack may have been the one who executed the decision, but the buck stops at your desk. Cabinet secretaries don't work in a vacuum. Even if you were never consulted on a decision, the decisions they make are done with the full imprint of...

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The Liberal Blogosphere Goes Fox News

(313) Comments | Posted January 26, 2010 | 2:14 AM

One of the problems I've always feared is that should we elect a Democratic president in this country, he or she might face a domestic handicap among that most unlikely of sources: liberals. Sadly, I'm turning out to be right, and today's collective pants-wetting on both liberal...

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9/11? Yes, 9/11.

(310) Comments | Posted December 2, 2009 | 2:05 AM

One of the more troubling reactions from the left that I saw during President Obama's speech about our Afghanistan policy was this utter and absolute nonsense that Obama was somehow invoking the spirit of George W. Bush by discussing our Afghan strategy and 9/11.

I dunno, maybe its due...

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Liberal Elitism? No. Some People Are, Sadly, Stupid

(464) Comments | Posted November 12, 2009 | 7:07 PM

Mike Elk takes "liberal elitism" to task for not taking the Tea Party people seriously, and that that will lead to the election of Sarah Palin and other such ilk.

To quote our vice president, malarkey.

While I have long argued that there is too much elitism on the...

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Obama Must Not Waver On A Souter Replacement

(280) Comments | Posted May 1, 2009 | 3:26 AM

There are a lot of areas where, I feel, the left has to give President Obama some leeway in how he operates. There are from time to time concessions that must be made and comprises that must be happen in order for the realistic political actions of the presidency to...

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Too Big To Flail

(80) Comments | Posted April 17, 2009 | 3:44 AM

This is not the Republican party I'm used to. Coming of political age in the early 1990s, I grew up with a Republican party that was downright deadly at kneecapping the political opposition, particularly President Clinton. Though eventually victorious in the court of public opinion, for his entire presidency Clinton...

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America Wants a President, Not a Drama Queen

(67) Comments | Posted September 28, 2008 | 8:15 PM

John McCain is all OMG! Maverick! Earmarks!
Obama is all Calm. Cool. Collected.

The entire past week, and especially the first debate, has shown us almost everything we need to know about the two candidates for president. Senator Obama is calm almost to a fault. A few of his...

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Oh. That's Why I'm A Democrat.

(146) Comments | Posted September 7, 2008 | 2:10 AM

I first registered to vote in 1996, the year after I turned 18. My decision was not based on ideology, but rather my preference for the sitting president, Bill Clinton. I liked President Clinton, figuring that the guy who was doing a good job on the economy and keeping...

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The "Other" Base

(532) Comments | Posted September 4, 2008 | 4:24 AM

As is to be expected, the mainstream media is falling all over themselves to congratulate Sarah Palin on her speech and to get first in line for the next barbecue at the McCain compound(s). The consensus -- and we know just how wrong the consensus usually is -- is that...

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The Bubble Convention

(53) Comments | Posted September 3, 2008 | 3:20 AM

Ricardo Montalban and Hervé Villechaize are not the only residents of Fantasy Island. That far-off land of make believe is also the shipping address for many Republicans and the vast majority of the modern conservative movement. The ongoing Republican convention is the sort of evidence that would get Fred...

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McCain Camp Lies Again: There Are No Private Beaches In Hawaii

(22) Comments | Posted August 21, 2008 | 6:11 PM

Flailing furiously after their candidate's ridiculously elitist gaffe today, the McCain camp goes into the lie volcano:

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Oliver Willis searches for Hawaii's mythical private beaches while snorkeling at one of Hawaii's public beaches
"'Does...
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Barack Obama Joins 2.5 Million Fellow Americans In Vacation Elitism

(352) Comments | Posted August 11, 2008 | 3:41 AM

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In this photo, Oliver Willis does his best to demonstrate just how elite a vacation in Hawaii is. It isn't just any blue blood that can make a face in a pineapple cutout.

So, the idiot...

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Joe Lieberman: "John McCain Doesn't Have A Racist Bone In His Body", Well... Except When Calling Vietnamese "Gook[s]"

(25) Comments | Posted August 3, 2008 | 12:32 PM

Flashback, John McCain of 2000:

On his campaign bus recently, Sen. John McCain told reporters, "I hated the gooks. I will hate them as long as I live." Although McCain said he was referring only to his prison guards, there are many reasons why his use of...

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McCain's Base Problem

(107) Comments | Posted May 7, 2008 | 1:15 PM

John McCain has been the nominee of his party for over a month now. He has no active opposition, no figure on his side of the aisle contesting him for leadership of the Republican party and the conservative movement.

And yet, Republicans are still voting against him. In Indiana McCain...

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John McCain Calls Himself "President McCain" In New Ad

(30) Comments | Posted May 2, 2008 | 4:23 PM

In his new ad about his Bush-style no care health care "plan", John McCain identifies himself on screen as "President McCain". I guess we just decided to call off the election and have George Bush designate his successor just like that?

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Mad As Hell At ABC's Debate

(78) Comments | Posted April 17, 2008 | 5:22 PM

Any right-thinking American who watched the travesty of a debate on ABC last night should get mad. Very mad.

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Historian Sean Wilentz And The Latest Nutty Scenario From Clinton Supporters

(203) Comments | Posted April 8, 2008 | 3:55 AM

The pro-Clinton blogs are flogging yet another "How about THIS!!!???" idea designed to present yet another laughable justification for Sen. Clinton to be awarded the nomination she is losing. You may remember it by its more formal name from when you were a small child: Let's pretend.
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Just Who Do These Rich Clinton Donors Think They Are?

(369) Comments | Posted March 27, 2008 | 2:57 AM

The more I read about the rich donors who told Nancy Pelosi to shut up, the more angry I get. I may not agree with her on quite a few issues, but Speaker Pelosi is second in line to the presidency, the first woman to hold her position and...

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It's Time For The Superdelegates To End This Thing

(94) Comments | Posted March 18, 2008 | 9:00 PM

The race between Sen. Clinton and Sen. Obama remains frozen in amber, with even an unlikely unprecedented string of lopsided victories between now and the end of the primary season unable to change the dominant dynamic: Senator Obama is the frontrunner. Both senators have motivated the base, energizing the party...

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Hillary Clinton's "Experience": Singing With Sheryl Crow In Bosnia

(35) Comments | Posted March 9, 2008 | 5:34 AM

Sen. Clinton continues to falsely claim that she has had serious experience on foreign policy matters, in order to contrast herself with Barack Obama. As part of that claim of 35 years of experience, she lumps in her years as First Lady of Arkansas and First Lady of the US....

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