My Liberal Fantasy: Russ Feingold's 2008 Nomination Acceptance Speech

Good evening, I love New York! Applause. Smiles broadly and waits for silence. And I proudly accept your nomination for President of the United States. Crowd erupts with sustained applause and cheers.

My friends, the time has come for an American renaissance of community, values, and justice. Almost seven years ago in this great city Osama Bin Laden unleashed his terror and the Republican Party unleashed a reign of indecency. Tonight we begin anew in the very city where it all went wrong. We bring hope.

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Panic Building in the GOP?

I was quite amused to read this in the Washington Post

How nervous are Republicans that the Iraq war could hurt them in November? Nervous enough that Rep. Christopher Shays visited the same senior center twice in one week to defend his stand.

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Our Immigration Conundrum

Our immigration policy resembles the ineffective war on drugs. For decades we've spent billions of dollars on interdiction and law enforcement yet trafficking only increases. Similarly, the federal government continues to increase spending on border patrol and enforcement to no avail. Indeed, in November 2005, the the Migration Policy Institute described how spending has increased since the passage of the Immigration Control and Reform Act of 1986(ICRA):

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Google Me An Elephant

At the dawn of the Cunningham Investigation blogging, the electronic elfs came up with a lot of detail on Brent Wilkes, and then Mitch Wade. Revelations that Wilkes used an army of various Republican affiliated individuals.  Wade used more of an Abramoff approach and hired away experienced and connected government employees.  The name of David Perez was mentioned, but quickly faded into the muck.  It may be resurfacing.

On 3/14/2006, (South Bend, Ind) reported that Joseph Crowley of Hilton Head, S.C., and the honcho of Healthcare Resources Group had plead guilty to healthcare fraud.  It seems that HRG was pretty well hooked-up in Indiana and that the good people there are out millions.  

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Feingold censure res: Reid still clueless?

The boys and girls of the Senate are taking this week off, of course.

I wonder, though, whether Brer Reid is using his leisure to contemplate what the Dem response will be if (more likely, when) the GOP decide to get the Feingold res back onto the floor.

I can understand why they didn't try before the break: corporate welfare comes before partisan games! But I'm pretty sure they'll be able to find a slot in their schedule when they get back.

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