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...

Debt Ceiling Endgame

It's Christmas time in Washington, The Democrats rehearse Gettin' into gear for four more years Of things not gettin' worse. ~ Steve Earle, "Christmas In Washington" I see at least one fairly prominent left-ish blogger has started to point out that Republicans have essentially won the debt ceiling debate. By "won," Ezra means essentially that the GOP has maneuvered the debate into a position...

More Obamania

Readers of this blog will recognize that this isn't the first time I've referenced Matt Taibbi's seminal article from December, 2009, entitled "Obamania." 'Twas Taibbi who coined the phrase "Obamania" which I use today for this post as well. He wrote it during culmination of the frenzied battle over the PPACA ("Obamacare"), and I've returned to it more than once because it describes in some of...

Don Quixote, Meet Clarence Thomas

Or, more accurately, Don Quixote, meet today's Democratic base. Why Don Quixote? Because a "quixotic" quest is one which is fantastical and romantic, but impractical and likely a lost cause, or has very little chance of success,. And that's exactly what the current push on the left against the recent revelations about Clarence Thomas' ethical improprieties are: a quixotic quest. Why? Because...