• on a comment on Hagel Needs To Come Off The List over 5 years ago

    Yes, I know what you mean. Paul Krugman has said that the election is Obama's to lose. I do believe that putting a Repug on the ticket would lose it for him.

    Dems... we're always looking for new and clever ways to lose elections.

  • on a comment on Hagel Needs To Come Off The List over 5 years ago

    the woodpecker's nightmare.

    But more seriously... the reason I would not want to see Hillary on the ticket is that I would not want her to be saddled with Obama's legacy after the first four years. I think Obama should choose a Democrat who can bring experience to the ticket but also one who really has no chance of being elected president... someone like Joe Biden of Deleware, for example.

  • on a comment on Don't Spy On Me over 5 years ago

    That post was completely off topic.

  • on a comment on Don't Spy On Me over 5 years ago

    I like Chuck Schumer but I wish he would be consistent. He together with DiFi voted down a bill demanding a paper trail. That still burns me. I sent them both an angry e-mail and got weaselly mush about there not being enough time before the 08 election to put together sufficient controls.

  • on a comment on Don't Spy On Me over 5 years ago

    If my reading of that he said is correct he said that he intends to vote for the bill but then retroactively somehow remove the retroactive immunity part. No? Do other people read what he said differently? If so, I'll go back and reread it.

  • comment on a post The Real Problem With Telecom Immunity over 5 years ago

    Have you sent an e-mail to our senators yet telling them how you feel about this? This is very important. Please do so... quickly. Wednesday's vote looms.

  • on a comment on Open Thread over 5 years ago

    I sincerely hope that Obama does not backtrack on Iraq once he is elected. But again... I'm not going to hold my breath.

  • on a comment on Obama Walks The Line over 5 years ago

    I'm getting sick of it. As I wrote above, look at "Hillary Clinton Statement on Fisa" at

    http://firedoglake.com/2008/01/28/hillar y-clinton-statement-on-fisa/

    Note the date. It goes back to January 28th.

  • on a comment on Obama Walks The Line over 5 years ago

    this were true. But I fear this is apple pie.

  • on a comment on Obama Walks The Line over 5 years ago

    First read Matt Stoller at

    http://openleft.com/showDiary.do?diaryId =3433

    Then look at "Hillary Clinton Statement on Fisa" at

    http://firedoglake.com/2008/01/28/hillar y-clinton-statement-on-fisa/

    Then stop nattering at Hillary. Unfortunately IMHO Barack is the nominee and not Hillary. We will have to vote for Obama but we don't have to do it blindly or mutely.

  • on a comment on Obama Walks The Line over 5 years ago

    First read Matt Stoller at

    http://openleft.com/showDiary.do?diaryId =3433

    Then look at "Hillary Clinton Statement on Fisa" at

    http://firedoglake.com/2008/01/28/hillar y-clinton-statement-on-fisa/

    Not that it matters anymore since unfortunately IMHO Barack is the nominee and not Hillary.

  • Has anyone heard whether Obama has said anything about his campaign helping Hillary pay off her campaign debts?

  • on a comment on AFCSME Endorses Obama over 5 years ago

    That's true. Hillary's position on the Wal-Mart Board bothered me. I do believe that she was much more wary of NAFTA than Obama is. You will recall that Goolsbee last February met with the Canadians to reassure them that Obama's anti-NAFTA rhetoric was nothing but campaign talk.

    Why would one have to channel Bernie Sanders? Yes, I know. He's a Democratic Socialist. But he's still alive and well in Vermont.

    You're not going to see much "responsible oversight and regulation" with Jason Furman at the head of Barack's economic policy board or with Austan Goolsbee as his chief economic advisor.

    And you raise the specter of Huey Long? That's just laughable. The Kingfish didn't do much sharing of the wealth when he was Governor of Louisiana.

    My point is that Obama is not a Keynesian in any sense of the word. His economists are Chicago School. This does not bode well for the Democratic Party which has traditionally stood for social programs and a fairer distribution of the wealth of out nation. We need to keep our eyes on this and not run away from it because it requires that we think about economics, a subject that too many people run away from.

  • comment on a post AFCSME Endorses Obama over 5 years ago

    McEntee is just wrong. Barack appointed Wal-Mart defender Jason Furman to head his economic policy team. Deregulation is going to be the song. Privatization is going to be the rule. And a sad irony indeed is going to be the fact that the ones who are going to suffer most will be his African-American base which is going to feel awfully betrayed. Austan Goolsbee, his chief economic adviser, might help to pull him a little toward center. But still, Goolsbee is Chicago School. It is not going to be a good four years for the blue-collar worker or the small-business man.

  • comment on a post Alaska Is a Swing State over 5 years ago

    Alaska is a state with a population similar to Baltimore. Its similar to Memphis, too, and who knows how many other medium sized cities throughout the US. The fact that it should be discussed as a swing state... we just seriously need voting reform.

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