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July 2009:

"If we’re able to stop Obama on this it will be his Waterloo. It will break him," he said.
October 2009:
"So the reason I said that health care was so pivotal -- I actually said it is the Waterloo in effect - is if we can stop him on health care, stop the momentum of spending and takeovers, and force him and the Democrats to sit down and work with the American people on some issues, we might have a chance to salvage this thing."
Well, I have a special message for Senator DeMint:
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Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 08:20 AM PDT

Obama's Post-Debate Opportunity

by CA Pol Junkie

I was restless half the night thinking about all the things Obama should have said during the debate. One can only imagine how well Obama himself slept after missing multiple opportunities to target Mitt Romney. Still, Obama has two things going for him: debates rarely change votes (just ask President Kerry) and half the debate is won in the post-debate environment. Mitt Romney told quite a few lies which leave him vulnerable if that makes the news today and tomorrow.

In my insomnia, I envisioned what Barack Obama should say about the debate during his rally today:

Did you hear Governor Romney talk about his plans during the debate? I was a little confused because I thought he must be talking about some other Mitt Romney's plans. I've read his plans, I encourage all of you to read his plans, and I encourage Mitt Romney to read his own plans. Because the plans he described last night weren't his own plans. He said his health care plan would let people with pre-existing conditions get insurance. No it doesn't. It just continues current law and doesn't do anything to address the problem. He said his tax plan would be revenue neutral without hitting the middle class with a higher tax bill. Math says that it can't. So why is he saying all that? It's as if he wants you to think something that isn't true. He wouldn't want to do that, would he?
Let's hope the polls do next to nothing as expected and that Biden and Obama bring their A games to the next debates so we can sleep better until November 6th.

Cross-posted at The Left Coaster


The AP is reporting that governor Rick Perry (insane R-TX) shot a coyote.

Perry says he needed just one shot from his laser-sighted pistol to take down a coyote that was menacing his dog during an early morning jog in an undeveloped area near Austin.

Perry told The Associated Press he sometimes carries his pistol, loaded with hollow-pointed bullets, when he jogs on trails because he's scared of snakes — and that he'd seen coyotes in that area.

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Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 10:12 AM PDT

A Few Special Thank Yous

by CA Pol Junkie

Before President Obama signed health insurance reform into law this morning, he said it was improbable to have reached that point after so many others couldn't.  Indeed, the ugly sausage making process that unfolded couldn't have happened without the tireless efforts of Speaker Pelosi, President Obama, and many other leaders in Congress and the White House.  There were many who have worked tirelessly in the past without success who blazed the trail like Bill and Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy.  Then there were many regular citizens like Marcelas Owens and Natoma Canfield who gave health insurance reform a human face.

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Thu Mar 04, 2010 at 03:34 PM PST

Don't Throw Me Under The Bus!

by CA Pol Junkie

Barack Obama warned House progressives today that 31 million people and his presidency will lose if health care reform fails.  If the comments in a certain recommended diary are any indication, alot of people in this community were insulted by Obama imploring progressives to vote for health care reform, that progressives should reject the bill.

The bill isn't about you.  It's about the 31 million people who would have the basic human dignity of receiving health care when they need it.  Not only would they get insurance, but even a choice of insurance through the exchanges.  If one company gave them lousy service, they could switch to another without fear of losing their coverage.

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This health care thing is pretty personal isn't it?  There are tens of millions of different ways it's personal for the uninsured, the underinsured, those with pre-existing conditions, those afraid of losing their job or afraid to change jobs, the self-employed, small business owners, and small business employees.  Then there are the boundless egos of our representatives and the personal insults all of us have been subject to as the goalposts were moved again and again and again.

There's alot of talk about what the Damn Senate Bill does do that it shouldn't or doesn't do that it should.  There are a few things it does that are a really big deal:

universal health insurance coverage
subsidies for those who can't afford it
exchanges for individuals and small businesses to buy insurance

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We lose one special election after winning 5, and now Democrats are scared of their own shadows??? What the #$%@?  How about growing a spine and looking like leaders?  Nobody will vote for people who don't believe in anything!

Pelosi whines she doesn't have the votes, but it's her job to round up the votes!

Obama is saying... nothing in particular?

I know this community is split on this.  I'm in the pass the damn Senate bill and fix it camp while others cling to a reconciliation approach.  NONE OF US WANT OUR ELECTED LEADERS TO DO NOTHING!!!

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Tonight's loss in Massachusetts brings a moment of clarity.  Out of the big fat lemon we got tonight, we have the opportunity to make some pretty fine lemonade.  For a year, we've gone through the debate between regular order and reconciliation.  Now, thanks to Scott Brown and Martha Coakley, we get to have both.  The Senate bill sends shivers up our spines, but it puts into law the basic structures of health care reform: rudimentary but essential insurance reforms and health insurance exchanges.  With that law, we can use reconciliation this year, next year, and the next 50 years to make our universal health insurance better.

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Thu Oct 22, 2009 at 12:35 PM PDT

Hanging up on History

by CA Pol Junkie

Maine's Republican Senator Olympia Snowe brought gasps to the Beltway when she uttered the deep yet obtuse phrase, "When history calls, history calls..." and voted for the Senate Finance Committee's health insurance reform bill.  She voted for it because it didn't have the dreaded public option.  We wouldn't want to save taxpayers money and give them more choices, would we?

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On TV whenever there is an evil computer, the hero feeds it a simple yet devious instruction and then runs for cover.  Smoke pours from the computer, it starts vibrating, and then it explodes into a billion pieces.  The Palinized GOP is such a computer, and smoke is currently pouring from its ears.

The Republican position in the health care reform debate starts with directive number one: Must oppose everything Obama does!  The problem is that Obama is proposing to reduce the cost of Medicare by discouraging wasteful procedures that don't make people any healthier.  Yes, he is reducing entitlement spending.  The GOP computer is getting confused: Reduce entitlement spending!  No, no, must oppose everything Obama does!  

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In 2005, I ran a series of diaries as a DailyKos Investment Club.  I shared my thoughts about investing and invited responses and diaries from others to give their perspectives.  Since then, of course, alot of people have seen their retirement savings decimated.

So why would progressives be interested in accumulating wealth?  We're not in it just for the sport, or for the gambler's high.  We want to live comfortable lives, but we also want to use our money to make a positive influence in the world, whether for our children's college education, by donating to charities, or through our support of progressive politics.  Today just like four years ago, I see three prime directives to progressive investing:


Are your investing toes dipping back in the pool?

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There are two new sets of polls out this morning from ARG and Marist which offer, respectively, middling and good news for Barack Obama.  First is ARG, which is very consistent with current trends:

Washington 9/16-18:
Obama 50
McCain 44

North Dakota 9/15-17:
McCain 52
Obama 43

Indiana 9/14-18:
McCain 47
Obama 44

Oklahoma 9/15-18:
McCain 61
Obama 34

ARG has gotten a bad rap because they stunk up the place in the primaries, but I contend that doesn't necessarily mean they do a poor job at general elections.  It is easier to know who is likely to vote in the general than in the primary.

The better news is from the three Marist polls, two of which are dated (9/11-15) but still improve Obama's poll average in all states:

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