I did find it odd that the ostensibly most progressive of the three major candidates spent the primaries apologizing for every single vote he ever cast. No one's mentioned "bankruptcy reform" yet - that one was pretty awful too.
I feel really out of touch. I thought only Protestant sects had been hijacked like that. "The Catholic Church does not teach that government should directly provide health care." Jeez, I didn't know HMOs were mentioned in the New Testament. Must be in the Apocrypha.
It's amazing to me that Krugman can whip the stimulus bill for months as a huge object lesson in whatever his point is, when it was actually an okay piece of legislation. Then along comes the Baucus bill, a genuine shit sandwich, and he writes a column saluting it.
If he wasn't as influential as he is, it wouldn't mean anything, but in writing his column he's taken about half the idiot wing of the progressive movement out of the equation in opposing the Baucus bill, and this situation we really sort of do need unanimity.
Thanks Paul. You really are constitutionally incapable of being helpful, aren't you.
This is a little late in the uptake. I saw an interview with Pawlenty from a few months back where he went from being Mr. Reasonable to all but calling the President OBL.
I don't know - the only way today's GOP is going to be able to mount a candidate that can beat Obama in 2012 is if Obama is so unpopular that anyone can beat him. So who they run is pretty much irrelevant. Their always reasonable, highly politically astute base is going to force their eventual nominee to kneecap themselves before the GE starts.
My direct experience with ACORN was when I lived in Philadelphia one summer and found them to be pretty good. This was in the early 90's, but I'm thinking that your guess that the PA offices probably weren't being run as horribly as the New Jersey offices is probably correct.
btw, you should change your diary so that it refers to Dick Zimmer as "perennial Republican candidate for everything". Since NYC overlaps with the NJ media market, I've grown up watching Zimmer and Steve Lonegan's non-stop primary pissing contests, where they fight it out to see who was the honor of being crushed by the eventual Democrat for about as long as I can remember.
My hope that the Baucus bill might actually be a good thing, given that nobody but nobody would support it who hadn't already been bribed by the insurance industry was clearly naive. This morning, Paul Krugman calls it better than expected and says it should be the basis for the final bill. Thanks Paul. Could you be helpful for maybe once?