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Open Thread: Brainstorm Your Thoughts on Building a Social Movement

Jason Everett Miller, in his <a href="http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/talk/blogs/j/a/jasoneverettmiller/2...">Go Out and Make Me Do It</a> post, is just the latest of many cafe folks I have seen reference, over the past couple of years now, the story about how FDR told labor leader A....

Quibbling with Paul Begala

Paul Begala has said hard things to Presidents that needed to be said.  I have a lot of respect for him and think he's very sharp. That said, I want to quibble with what Josh reported him to have said...

An Argument with Myself

Me1: So, I see that where you are on the HC legislation is to look for reasons to urge a yes vote by your senators.  Care to elaborate?   Me2: I understand completely, and pretty much agree right down the line,...

Republican Irony Impairment Alert

I just love how the Republicans--Cheney, of course, but plenty of others as well--are right now just full of all kinds of helpful advice to the Democrats on how to keep the country safe following the recent thwarted terrorist attack....

Letter to Senator Jim Webb, in re to his WashPost op-ed on Afghanistan

One of my senators, Senator Jim Webb, wrote an op-ed piece on Afghanistan published Friday, December 4 in the Washington Post: A plan in need of clarity By Senator Jim WebbDecember 4, 2009 I have great regard for the careful process...

"The Nation I Am Most Interested in Building Is Our Own"

(edited, from a comment bslev requested that I post as a blog) Ok, that sounds good. How about a large public jobs bill, focusing on (green, of course) infrastructure upgrades, to reposition our country to better compete globally going forward,...

Some Thoughts on a Way Forward

I have more or less reached the dismaying political conclusions that, first, a health care bill which provides tangible benefits must pass (by no means is it a given that something will pass), and second, any bill that passes is...

A Thought on How Deeds Might Yet Pull Out the Virginia Gov Race

By most of the recent polls, the Democratic nominee for Virginia's next Governor, state senator Creigh Deeds, is trailing in the polls by around 7 points to his Republican challenger, Bob McDonnell. When I watch the TV ads for...

George Will Back to His Old Nonsense

There have been times, as when he recently raised questions about the wisdom of continuing the fighting in Afghanistan/Pakistan, when George Will seems to rise above his past, arch, too-clever-by-half partisan efforts to take Democrats and liberals down a peg. ...

WSJ Op-Ed Piece on HC Still Doesn't Get It

Where to start with this piece below in the WSJ?    What the public option is about is people not wanting to pay private insurance companies' advertising and market segmentation strategy implementation costs, and for a degree of administrative complexity Kafka...

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