• on a comment on It's the Democracy, Stupid? over 3 years ago

    I don't think its a name, but a number of issues. For example, the DeMint idea to end earmarks. That needs to happen. I have no problem with his making that an issue against both sides of incumbents that prolong that happening. Other issues, he's wrong, but the polarity is the problem. Thats 2011 at least. In 2012, all bets may be off if an Independent run happens-- they don't even need to win outright; just throw it into the House.

  • comment on a post It's the Democracy, Stupid? over 3 years ago

    Lawrence Lessing:



    The Neo-Progressive Movement needs to encourage these Republicans. It needs to be willing to put aside part of the agenda of each within the movement, recognizing that no change, on the Right or the Left, will happen until the fever is broken, because the disease has been stopped. Mainstream parties have lost the credibility for reform. As in 1912, only a breakaway, trans-party movement, possibly with no single leader, could have an effect in 2012.

  • on a comment on The Dying Gasps of Nativism over 3 years ago

    Well, all that aside, we are still left with the Shiny Object Strategy being an abysmal failure eversince it was released. At some point, one hopes that the uselessness of this sort of strategy is revealed to have counter-electoral consequences than for what is hoped. Is that asking too much?

    The party in power trying to demonize the insurgency (one which is decentralized and empowered through new media strategies)... when was the last time that worked?

    Change the names to Moveon, Netroots, anti-war Democrats, hippies, and DKos, and you are living in 2006 with this sort of strategy on display by an incumbent party. The problem is, that its an admittance of failure from the start-- we haven't governed well so we can't run on our record... but they are worse because... (insert name-calling here).


  • on a comment on Mad As Hell over 3 years ago

    Yea, I agree with that, and does mean that it will be a one-sided understanding. Still, will be interesting to see their interpretation of the poll results I think.

  • on a comment on Mad As Hell over 3 years ago

    Yea, McCain came around quickly, over a weekend. Al Hunt was pretty good at describing it.

  • on a comment on Mad As Hell over 3 years ago

    Yea, but it started earlier, something which I don't see many standing up to remember they were wrong with at the time either. That is, when Bush called for the bailouts, first in line to take a lead for being Yes Sir was Obama. In fact, I'll have to look, it may have been that Obama and Bush both worked on it together.

    McCain was a joke, but at least he could sense where the public was on the issue. He would have likely won had he stood against it. But, you got the sense that the bankers, when he went to NYC, told him to stfu if he wanted Cindy to keep all her money.

    Anyway, that was the moment the deal was sealed. I'd like to look back and take a look at it then, to see who was on the right side of telling the banks to cut their own losses; so Glenn is missing the time by a bit as to when the change might have occurred.

  • on a comment on Mad As Hell over 3 years ago

    italics means....

  • Not good enough candidates.

    That is why the Lib Dems didn't make the gains they should have. And yea, I'd agree on Scotland being much stronger for Labour because of Brown. I expect their margin to go down now.

  • on a comment on The DeMint Republicans over 3 years ago

    Good point about SC. You see Obama's comments about the next two years being about "debt and deficits"? I can't imagine he's going to walk right into DeMint's ideology and embrace it, but he's just working by polls for '12 at this point.

  • on a comment on The DeMint Republicans over 3 years ago

    So which seems more likely (or all of the below) as a result of the losses:

    1) it will dislodge some from the Democrats, maybe an Independent Tea Party like with progressive-libertarian blend

    2) it will be a call for many that now they really need Obama, so rally around

    3) The possibility a significant part of Dem establishment will want to dump Obama

  • on a comment on The DeMint Republicans over 3 years ago

    I know you've seen this coming. The post begs the question of where is "The ______ Democrats" going to come from?  I don't even think its on the horizon, but still, I think the energy is there for more primaries. But look, not a single sitting Senator had even the guts to back Bill Halter. Pretty pathetic.

  • comment on a post Beckamania over 3 years ago

    The tourists like the WWII monument a lot, they are allowed to dip their feet in the pools, and on a hot day in DC, that probalby makes their walking feet remember this new monument as the best. I like the monument too, though I wonder what it feels like when its silent. They have the fountains on 24/7 it seems.

    Anyway, it really does break apart the mall in an unfortunate way for any type of mass gathering at the Lincoln memorial. You can't see anything from (our) left side of the reflecting pool.

    They'll be sticking another monument in here somewhere too within the next decade or two, for the Iraq & Afghanistan dead.

  • The left, the Greens, did exceedingly better than expected. They now hold the balance of power. The post is entirely about the Greens, and the unexpected gains they have made in the Senate; and, arguably, puts the Greens in the most powerful political position they have ever had as a global party in any country.

    There, I made a mega-claim in that last independent clause above. You might find something historically that says its an over-reach. It'd be a better route for you to tread then trying to make this post about something other than the Green Party in Australia's Senate.

  • Excellent comment, a post in its own.

  • Obama turns out to be like William McKinley. Here's a good summary of how that looked pre Nov 2008 by Paul Rosenberg, but here we are now with that being the best-case scenario. Certainly the way that Obama lined up with the banks right off the bat gave that inclination of the common direction.


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