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Kos, among others, warns Dems against falling for the Chicken Little act on the bailout of the financial crisis.  I think they are all right.  We should be wary of this problem.  But I'd like to show how this crisis can be a "win-win" despite Congressional aversion of risk.

That is simply, for Obama to pivot back to the Iraq war.  "Why?  How?  Wuh-huh?  Iraq war?"

YES.  THE IRAQ WAR.  Explanation on the flip.

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Krugman is right that Paulson needs to explain to Congress how this is going to work.  As virtually everyone knows right now, the problem originates with the solvency of suburban America.  Until that is addressed, the problem will continue, no matter how many trillions of dollars we throw into the pile.

But what really scares the heck out of me is Sec. 8 of this proposal.

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I know a little about this place, Forsyth County, NC.  Its major city is Winston-Salem, NC.  Used to be completely in the 5th Dist (US) back when Stephen Neal was able to rely on Republican cross-overs to stay an elected D in a solidly R seat.  But W-S and Forsyth County as a whole has not changed as much as some parts of NC over the past 10 years.  Its grown, but it hasn't grown at any speed.  Point being, a look into the Forsyth returns is a look into something you just don't see at the macro level, and it reveals, to me certainly (as a longtime political follower) but to anyone who will listen how Barack Obama's gains are real, solid, and intriguing.

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Its primary politics like never before in the Tarheel State.  There's boosters everywhere your turn, and stickers and buttons and signs on every street corner.  You can't even remember what your roads used to look like, cause they've been covered for so long it seems there's no end in sight.

And Hillary Clinton has popped up in every small town you've ever heard of.

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Hillary Clinton stepped in deep doo-doo when she brought up the 2nd Amend.  This is an issue near and dear to my heart, and it is an issue that I hope Barack Obama will cautiously, but righteously seize on.  I'm going to say things in this diary many of you will find repulsive, but I hope, indeed it is my sincerest desire, that you also think about the gravity of what it means to have a true democracy, where politicians are servants of the public good, and not the other way around.

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Wed Mar 26, 2008 at 06:02 PM PDT

Finishing this Off

by Federalist X

When I was a young lad playing high school sports (soccer) we had a team that we played once a year and they were legendary: one of the longest winning streaks in scholastic sports history.  Seasons of lossless championships.  They were the big dogs.  I now realize how this situation, and the current Democratic primary, are absolutely similar in so many meaningful ways.  More on the flip.

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In 1990 I worked for the Harvey Gantt for Senate campaign.  I worked harder on that campaign than I have ever worked for any politician (and even worked well under my normal rates for such services).  I thought we had a chance to change things back then (almost twenty years ago... boy am I getting old).  The excitement many feel towards Barack Obama right now was no different than the anticipation all of us: paid staffers and volunteers, yard sign guys and coffee & tea gals, van drivers and policy wonks, had for Harvey.  If Harvey Gantt was elected, and we had many, many, many reasons to think he would be, history would change.

But then there was the ad...

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Tue Mar 11, 2008 at 07:01 PM PDT

Eliot Spitzer: Meet the Parents

by Federalist X

There isn't much to this diary.  But let me preface by saying that I know Gov. Spitzer.  We have typically referred to as "friends" though neither of us would go so far as to say we were more than acquaintances.  My point is not to say that I that "I have a lot of Jewish friends" (as they say in the South), but merely to point out that I know the guy and I can DEFINITELY empathize with him to SOME DEGREE.  BUT

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Tue Nov 07, 2006 at 05:31 PM PST

Speaker Murtha

by Federalist X

Murtha took a stand for the military when it was still unpopular to advocate a complete withdrawal.  I hope kossacks will take a stand for him and support Mr. Murtha for Speaker of the House.
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Mon Oct 23, 2006 at 06:38 PM PDT

Let's Take an Oath

by Federalist X

Just watched Keith Olbermann deliver some pointed jabs to the President that two years ago would have never made it off the editing room floor.

I'm also hearing good things from troops on the ground in NC, CT, and OH.  Yeah, I know, choice locales, but anecdotes are sometimes good.

While I'm feeling optimistic about the party's future, I'm also nervous as hell.

Nervous that success, any of it, will kill the enthusiasm and optimism that have characterized the party faithful this cycle.  So let's take on oath that we won't let that happen.  The oath on the flip.

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Thu Sep 28, 2006 at 09:24 PM PDT

I LOVE this SHIT

by Federalist X

"The party of FDR and the party of Harry Truman has become the party of cut and run," Bush told a convention-center audience of over 2,000 people. The event put $2.5 million in the campaign accounts of Alabama Gov. Bob Riley and the state GOP.

Yeah...

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Sun Sep 24, 2006 at 08:37 PM PDT

Who We Torture

by Federalist X

The ongoing torture debate, and present disgust at making types of torture legal, seems to be missing the point in my opinion. So let me concede some of the more absurd points which proponents of torture make. Let me concede, no matter how absurd it truly is, that torture works. Let me concede the intel we get from torture is actionable, and that it can prevent the next type of the death which the purveyor is known for. Let me concede all of that. I still think, even with that, we miss the point.
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