Tue Feb 21, 2006
Political Animals: Gore Vidal, William F. Buckley and the ’68 Conventions
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Sun Apr 17, 2005
Born again vs. the renaissance, Ross Pourzal
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Mon Feb 21, 2005
Jerry Brown, former governor, current mayor, current blogger
Jerry's got a blog. I'm looking forward to commenting! http://www.jerrybrown.typepad.com/
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Wed Jan 05, 2005
someone was listening
I guess Jon's Stewart's complaints didn't fall on deaf ears...
Mr. Klein specifically cited the criticism that the comedian Jon Stewart leveled at "Crossfire" when he was a guest on the program during the presidential campaign. Mr. Stewart said that ranting partisan political shows on cable were "hurting America."
Mr. Klein said last night, "I agree wholeheartedly with Jon Stewart's overall premise." He said he believed that especially after the terror attacks on 9/11, viewers are interested in information, not opinion. Read more...
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Wed Dec 29, 2004
Year of Surrendering Quietly
by Alexander Cockburn
I came across this article recently. It discusses the facts of Kerry's political career and reminds the reader of what Clinton really stood for. It reminded me of what a sucker I am. I would have voted for Kerry anyway, but it's important to remember how we voters are easily manipulated.
It's a bit long. Print it and read it over coffee or something. Read more...
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Fri Nov 19, 2004
In the immortal words of that most compromised of self-appointed "leaders" of Black America: "Keep Hope Alive!"
"The difference was hundreds of votes in each of the different places we examined," said Bev, "and most of those were in minority areas." Read more...
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Tue Nov 09, 2004
In 2004 It Was “Right and Wrong” that Went Wrong
Robert Creamer Read more...
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Thu Nov 04, 2004
It's the 'Moral Values', stupid.
Polls say 'Moral Values' were the big winner on Tuesday. Even if those who vote for Bush are hurt by his policies, they'll prefer to vote for him, finding a 'politics of meaning' in his simplistic messages. In the end, my reaction is that the push for gay marriage proved to be the defining factor in this election- the big turnout was rallied for those to go to the polls and vote against it. People as a whole may be for civil unions, but not gay marriage.
And this caused a As Bush speechwriter Frum said on NPR last night, 'A fratricial party is not a winning party' - and Patrick Buchannan may be willing to call for a civil war in the Republican party, but in the 'issues oriented' and 'identity politics' orientation of the Democratic party is left to carve up their messagess among these issues. It's far past due time for Democrats and Progressives to articulate their 'Values' versus saying they're for or against 'Issues'.
Anyway, I feel a bit better today after having got some dead sleep last night.
But this will be an irritating 4 years. Even as Bush is 'reaching out' and talking about healing, Cheneyis saying the 51% is a mandate, even the NY Times is repeating this; There's no one there to push back and say 'no it's not'.
Even while even BBC is validating the idea of a 'mandate' repeating to a world audience that more people voted for this president than any other president, It was a narrow victory with a deeply divided electorate. More people voted against this president than in any time in history. It was the narrowest margin of victory for a sitting president since 1916- Woodrow Wilson, and that's a quote from the Wall Stree Journal. Rebuild and get off your asses Democrats. With the biggest losers of the party like Tom Dachile gone, turn this party into something we can be proud of. Fight back.
And the most moderate folks in the Administration: bye bye. Soon to be replaced with who knows what. With Republicans in power in all branches of the government, whatever balance there has been is out the window. I'm worried about those who are moderate to left of center; alienation in the face of bald faced radical right rhetoric is going to create some desperate acting people. The whole point of democracy is to be inclusive; we will not see much inclusion.
I plan on trying to clear my mind and trying to enjoy things a bit more. Many people who care about social justice and economic fairness or any one of these smaller 'identity issues' right or wrong that are more or less the domain of the Democrats have been walking shellshocked for the last couple years. Yesterday, the faces of many people were flu-like, cold greiving.
Also, the problems with those who are in this so called 'liberal eliete' - we don't know how to talk to conservatives, and can't even understand why people would vote for Bush, prefering to de-humanize those who would vote for Bush, just as the radically minded right de-humanize us with their caractures.
Create a spiritual/religious Left that can talk values that religious people share. A quote from Michael Lerner: "Democrats are going to have to get over the false and demeaning perception that the Americans who voted for Bush could never be moved to care about the well being of anyone but themselves."
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