The Can Kicks the Bucket

OK, not completely, and I know I probably shouldn't enjoy the schadenfreude on this as much as I am. Still, it's just wonderful to see billionaire Pete Peterson lose one: Everyone is having a bit of a laugh today at the expense of “The Can Kicks Back,” the youth-oriented affiliate of the group known as “Fix the Debt,” which is yet another of the many organizations funded by single-minded...

Rachel Maddow Chews Up, Spits Out Astroturf King Tim Phillips

I have no doubt whatsoever that I won't be the only one to link to this today - in fact, since I watched this last night on TiVo right before I went to bed, and I'm on east coast time, I suspect there are probably already hundreds, if not thousands of blog entries on it so far.But I'd be remiss if I didn't send a shout-out to Rachel Maddow for doing a job very few people apparently want to do...

Of Grassroots And Astroturf

During this seemingly-endless month of August, as the health care debate rages at full boil across America, there's been a lot of talk about two terms, grassroots and astroturf. The first term is probably familiar to you, even if you've never considered yourself a political activist or even that much of a political person. Grassroots is the term used to describe "bottom-up" (i.e. - grassroots)...