Immigration: The Two John McCains

McCain's latest cause is all over the news. He's traveling the country talking up his immigration reform proposal. Doesn't seem like a bad idea, to be honest. Ted Kennedy's on board, which is enough for me. It's a brilliant political move by McCain because it shores up his "moderate" image.

Examining some of McCain's actions, however, leaves us with some question marks.

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The Real Religious Right, pt. 1

While the Religious Right's influence may or may not be waning, it's clear that Christian conservatives have a disproportionate amount of influence within the Republican party. Republicans must seek the blessing of Religious Right high priests before they can climb the ranks of the party leadership, and GOP policy is often mandated directly by these folks. But who are they? What do they really believe? Who holds the power? I hope this will be a regular series describing the nefarious networks of power within the religious right and exposing the extremist views of its leaders.

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Pennachioids: Casey can win

It seems sort of redundant, but evidently, it's still necessary for me to say it: Bob Casey is our best chance for beating Rick Santorum this year. I won't repeat the entire "case for Casey", but I will make one point before I get to the meat of this diary. In 2004, Casey was elected with more votes than any other candidate for statewide office in the history of the state of Pennsylvania. That's electability. Today, Kos gave us another reason Casey will win.

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Using 9/11 Again!

I'm watching the Gonzales hearings on C-SPAN, and guess what? The administration and its shills have trotted out Debra Burlingame, the sister of the pilot of the plane that crashed into the Pentagon, to make an emotional case for its illegal wiretaps. Jeff Sessions of Alabama is speaking to the press, standing next to Burlingame, who is talking about how important it is for the President to "protect us".

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Glenn Greenwald does it again!

Just in case any of you had any doubts about Glenn Greenwald being the best blogger of 2006 so far, listen to this:

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A New Washington, A Stronger America

The Democratic party has a window here. The American people have shown that they are dissatisfied with the Bush GOP agenda and are looking for new leadership. ABC News just released a poll showing that 51 percent of Americans think that the Democrats have a better vision for America than George Bush. This is shocking, as the Democrats haven't really unrolled any kind of manifesto or vision. This means that support for Democrats is high, but it is soft at this point. If the Democrats can come out with a plan, Americans will feel all right voting for them. Otherwise, they will default to the Republicans. What should the Democrats stand on this year?

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The Democratic Response to Bush's Health Care "Plan"

It's been reported by various media outlets that the highlight of President Bush's State of the Union address will be health care. Bush plans on calling on Congress to further privatize health care. How should Democrats respond to this proposal? What is our argument against this "plan"? Stay tuned to find out.

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Iran

If you sometimes feel dirty thinking about the political ramifications of issues of war and peace, you're not alone. It seems downright subhuman to think about elections and politics when the topic of national security comes up. Still, national security is a political issue, and Democrats ought to be concerned with the political realities behind foreign policy decisions. Now, it seems Iran will continue to loom on the horizon for Americans. How should Democrats respond?

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Why Joe Lieberman is a TRUE progressive

George Bush says he's...

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Lieberman, Murtha, and the single-issue blogosphere

Congressman Jack Murtha of Pennsylvania has become a hero recently among progressives, especially in the progressive blogosphere, and rightfully so. Murtha took a courageous stand for a smart Iraq strategy and demanded that the President find a way for American troops to come home. At the same time, Senator Joe Lieberman remains one the most vilified Democrats among the left, due to his positions on Iraq and the war against terrorism. Again, this is not without justification. Lieberman foolishly supported the Bush war, and has continued to blindly follow the failed Bush doctrine in Iraq. What puzzles me is why Murtha, who has traditionally been one of the most conservative Democrats in Washington, enjoys more support among liberals than Lieberman, whose record on the whole is mostly progressive. Does Iraq trump all other issues? Should Iraq be the litmus test for political ideology? Can one disagree with the progressive blogosphere on Iraq and still remain a progressive?

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