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Saturday, February 06, 2010

Low risk of double-dip


I sure hope Geithner's right. Reality, however, is painting a different picture. Have we learned nothing from the Bush years?

Senator Shelby, why so defensive?


Lash out much? Personally, I'd rather "coddle" a terrorist than hold the Senate hostage like one (but then again I kind of dig the Constitution and all those pesky rights).

Friday, February 05, 2010

Friday Cat


Rahm


It's pretty clear at this point that Rahm Emanuel is scared of Republicans (and fearless of hippies). Maybe his, yet to be seen, legislative brilliance outweighs all that, but it seems the trade-off has resulted in weak politics and an even weaker moral standing. He's the wrong man for the times. It's a shame the president can't see that.

State of the Day makes the Daily Show


Yes, we were being mocked, but who cares. The brief moment of fame comes right at the 1:00 minute mark.

Deficit hysteria


It's all politics. Republicans are willing to let their constituents continue to flounder so they can score political points. At this point I don't expect anything different from them. However, it would be nice to see a Democrat or two debunking the fear as opposed to playing along (and this goes for the president too).

Franken


Got to love Al. I have no problem if the White House wants to tackle healthcare reform on the down low and focus on jobs in public, but Al Franken is right. Leadership is sorely needed. The loss of the Democrats' super-majority was a gift to be pounced on. It put reconciliation firmly on the table and with that the doors to more progressive reform opened. So, work out the kinks in private, fine, but they better come out strong once they've stop wetting the bed.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Time for recess appointments?


Beyond time.

120 House Democrats demand public option


Glad to see some life (and some fight), but, seriously, who's going to listen? Pessimism sucks.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Question time with the Dems


The Dems are trying to repeat the glory from Friday. I was skeptical (too much of a good thing and too friendly an audience). However, once again, it shows how versed the president is in policy, how serious the Dems are about governing, and it's allowing for more GOP pushback (not to mention some conservative Dem pushback--yes, I'm talking to you, Blanche Lincoln). For now, and it's far from over at this writing, the exercise gets a thumbs up.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

More presidential pushback courtesy of Rachel




However, for the AP, pushback is a double-edged sword. Seriously.

Quote of the Day


"No matter how I look at the issue, I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens." -- Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to the Senate Armed Services Committee on DADT. Considering the source, really, just wow.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Luntzing financial reform


Democrats be warned. I've seen this play before and it doesn't end well. In an up-is-down, black-is-white world Frank Luntz is an evil genius. Emphasis on the evil.

GOP willing to cut defense spending?


Does anyone really think John Boehner put cutting defense spending on the table for any other reason than simply because the president didn't. The GOP is not only the party of no, they are the party of no living on Bizarro World.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Truth in Comics



If it's Sunday, it's Truth in Comics.