Tag Archives: Barack Obama

“These elite pundits practice their own sort of intransigent ideology”

David Brooks and Ron Fournier, two Deeply Serious pundits, have problems with democracy because Barack Husein Obama can’t get legislation passed. It’s the same moderate gruel, and it fools no voters. The more you’re like your oppostion, the more likely … Continue reading

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“Voting blocs critical to Democrats in recent elections are not yet feeling the benefits” of recovery

Cynicism requires Democrats to stress inequality to keep dissatisfied voting blocs together. But this is ridiculous: Though broad measures of the economy are showing signs of improvement, a closer look at important indicators among individual groups reveals that voting blocs … Continue reading

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War on whistleblowers, Part 321

The Obama adminstration’s war on whistleblowers continues: A new pre-publication review policy for the Office of Director of National Intelligence says current and former employees and contractors may not cite news reports based on leaks in their speeches, opinion articles, … Continue reading

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An intelligence failure in every sense of the first word

A faulty O-meter is responsible for my not writing much about the latest grounds for Barack Hussein Obama’s impeachment known as Benghazi. Jon Stewart came up with the outrage meter, a device or orifice installed in Republican legislators after 2008 … Continue reading

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Midterms: “Raise the dollars and secure the volunteer commitments”

Goodness me – the millennials are sick of politics (thanks, Ron Fournier; you just earned yourself a slot on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos”). A long articleby Sasha Issenberg is getting attention, detailing the ways in which midterm elections have … Continue reading

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“Narratives feed on themselves, and there was a time when Obamacare just kept losing.”

The conventional wisdom keeps being conventional. Now that the Affordable Care Act looks like it won’t collapse, the headlines have changed: Narratives feed on themselves, and there was a time when Obamacare just kept losing. HealthCare.gov didn’t work. That made … Continue reading

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The evolution of Barack Obama

One of the more amusing bits about political journalism in the last five years since the world went mad over the election of a black centrist as president is watching reporters do all they can to avoid winking and elbowing … Continue reading

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For the déjà vu file

Why can’t Barack Hussein Obama be more like LBJ? “The nature of politics has changed,” said Jennifer Palmieri, the White House communications director. “The electorate is more polarized. I think often members of Congress are more concerned with how the … Continue reading

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Barack Obama’s election: more as “an anesthetic than as an antidote to the criminality of his predecessor’s government”

Charles Pierce: The current constitutional crisis between the CIA and the Senate committee tasked with investigating its policies regarding torture during the previous administration has only one real solution that is consonant with the rule of law. Either CIA director … Continue reading

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Adolph Reed, Jr. and the collapse of the left

There’s too many provocative points in Adolph Reed, Jr.’s Salon interview with Thomas Frank. The essence: two neoliberal parties control America, one of which believes in a multicultural society while the other recoils from this society. Barack Obama meanwhile shimmers … Continue reading

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Why Wall Street so sad: “That kind of scare is not easy to forget.”

Reminding audiences that its excellent reporting can’t quite mitigate the sordidness of its editorial page, The Wall Street Journal ran a string of syllables by a sad venture capitalist named Tom Perkins who despite not knowing what words mean got … Continue reading

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Book reviews: Christina Stead, Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Man Who loved Children is one of those novels you let friends borrow with no expectation that it’ll get returned; my adventures with it remind of the anecdote about post-divorce Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Hardwick fighting over who kept … Continue reading

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