The Political Conversation on the Debt Ceiling

...and what it means (politically), going forward. *** Personal preface*** - I originally began writing this post as soon as the ink was dry on the debt ceiling bill. It was intended to be what I still think is - or should be - a "teachable moment" of sorts for us here on the left. Now, a full week later, it seems like yesterday's fishwrap to some degree. I'm posting it anyway because I think...

Blaming The Voters

Voters? Shouldn’t that be ‘blaming the victim’? That’s the traditional formulation, yes. But I’ve been noticing a disturbing trend since before this election among entrenched Democratic types and their hardcore supporters: blaming the voters. Not all of the voters, of course, just those voters who the Democrats perceive to be responsible for their losses. Before the election, the...

What We're Up Against

Think Progress somehow obtained a copy of a memo from Charles Koch - one half of the Koch brothers duo behind not just Koch Industries, but also many of the “grassroots” and “tea party” organizations currently roiling the political landscape. It’s an expansive agenda/road map from the semi-annual meeting of Koch’s “network of business and philanthropic leaders, who are dedicated to...

Cave-men

If I were the paranoid type, I'd have long ago begun to wonder whether the Democratic leaders in this country had hatched a secret plot to kill me and make it look like an accident. How? By causing me to bang my head into my desk upon reading about their boneheaded political manueverings so often that I cause a massive subdural hematoma, rapidly filling my brain with blood and killing me within...

The Stupidity of Jonathan Cohn (and others)

Before I begin, let me offer up the usual disclaimers: no, I don't think Jonathan Cohn is the worst thing since sliced dogshit. No, I don't think he's never had a decent idea or never taken a position I agreed with. But it's pretty clear from Cohn's recent column in The Joe Lieberman Gazette The New Republic (see here for explanation of why I call TNR the "Lieberman Gazette") that Cohn thinks...

Dems Not In As Bad Shape As Some Think…?

First, before I say any of this, let me preface it with the usual caveats about how polls are often wrong, and this far out even more so. So, caveat lector, as Bob Somerby would say.Having said that, let me also stipulate a piece of very common conventional wisdom these days: that Democrats are in for a drubbing in November. Now, there’s reason to suspect this may be the case; witness the...

Specter the Defecter

****UPDATE, 5/17**** -- If ever you wanted to know just what a prototypical example of the political windsock/weasel figure Arlen Specter is, well, look no further than this. Someone dug up an old C-Span video of Specter offering a 12-minute procedural rule (for the Senate to adopt) which would - get this - prevent sitting Senators from switching parties while in office. Why? - and why is the...