Tag Archives: Barack Obama

“It’s an understandable calculus in my mind”

The much-hyped CIA report will emerge, albeit redacted and shorn of suggestions for prosecuting Bush administration officials who rewrote constitutional law allowing torture. Why? Right. In the name of comity: In voting in March 2009 to review the CIA’s Rendition, … Continue reading

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On the Leon Panettas cruising the Beltway

The Beltway pundit class fetishizes bipartisanship like Fernando Rey did Tristana’s leg. A legislator or Oval Office apparatchik who attacks his or her own party is the best kind of bipartisan. Regular people think this. I got into a fight … Continue reading

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‘I think that probably voter ID had helped a bit in that’

Well, I’m glad someone said it: Voter ID laws, as their supporters know, do only one thing very well: They keep otherwise eligible voters away from the polls. In most cases, this means voters who are poor, often minorities, and … Continue reading

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‘An awful lot of nadir to go around’

Click on the “Barack Obama” tag. Like Paul Krugman, I didn’t believe one yard of the ga-ga press he received in 2008. Transcending partisan divisions sounds tempting if you’re not human. The last six years have shown the importance of … Continue reading

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‘You can’t love the job and hate the job creators’ 

Thank you, Tony Coelho, Bill Clinton, and Rahm Emmanuel. Because of your efforts, voters won’t distinguish between a GOP that believes in plutocracy and a Democratic Party that believes in a diluted version of same. This is certainly no Tea … Continue reading

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Financial stability: leaving felons ‘in charge’ of financial institutions

Digby prints a transcript of a Bill Moyers interview I watched the other day which looks particularly galling in the days following Eric Holder’s announcement of his resignation: BILL MOYERS: Do you remember when President Obama told “60 Minutes,” I … Continue reading

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‘Muscular economic populism’ and its discontents

Rick Perlstein, interviewed while promoting The Invisible Bridge, on the rightward turn of the Democratic Party: One of its roots was surprisingly enough the New Left’s turn away from New Deal politics and union politics. And it comes out of … Continue reading

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