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Outgoing Democratic Governor Ted Strickland of my home state of Ohio gave an interview to The Huffington Post's Sam Stein, and he speaks words that I could not have said better.

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I haven't diaried here for a while because the atmosphere has become toxic in these parts.  But I am compelled to throw my two cents in on the current state of our politics, and the crisis the Democratic Party now faces.  

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I strongly recommend that everyone here, every committed progressive, every reader of this and every other site, to take ten days and read nothing news-related.  For your mental health.  And for the fights ahead.  

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For your consideration, this pushback against what I can only describe as a bit of nonsense floating around certain circles of the blogosphere.  To wit:

If only Party A had taken a stronger or higher negotiating starting point on issue X, then it is more likely that we would have ended up in the resolution of the conflict with outcome Y being closer to what Party A truly wanted, as compared to the position of Party B.  

 

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Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 06:25 AM PDT

So Much for That Theory

by LarsThorwald

I am incensed to learn that the White House is planning to actively campaign for an incumbent Senator, even though that Senator threatened to filibuster what the White House views as an important piece of legislation.  

No, I am not talking about Blanche Lincoln.

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Just now going through the opinion in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, which is a significant First Amendment case concerning the Free Exercise clause.

The Court held that the Hastings School of Law "all-comers" policy requiring student organizations to allow any student to join as a member -- including Christian and other religious groups, regardless of whether the student seeking to join is a Christian or not -- was not an infringement on the Free Exercise clause.

This case, issued this morning, is getting pushed off the stage by the decision in McDonald v. Chicago, which is getting a lot of shallow attention because it is on its surface a gun-rights case (when actually it is a case regarding the long-debated federalism issue of whether the Fourteenth Amendment incorporates all the rights of the Bill of Rights).

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Mon Apr 12, 2010 at 07:48 AM PDT

Time for a Temporary Hiatus

by LarsThorwald

Well, I guess it's reached that time.

I appreciate and admire the front-pagers on this site to an incredible degree.  The people who devote their time and effort to crafting out a well-written front page clearly take their work seriously, judging by the quality of the pieces published.  They do great research; they hit the points that are almost always relevant to the news of the day; and they also regularly author and publish longer pieces that take a broader look at an issue.  Not only is the quality typically consistently high, but the volume of output is fast-paced.  I refresh this page frequently, and there is almost always something new and interesting on the front page that informs (and sometimes entertains).  If you think about it for just a moment, the work done by the people on the front page of this site is amazing.  

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Two years ago, I was in Youngstown, Ohio walking door-to-door canvassing for Senator Barack Obama.  The snow was literally coming down sideways that first day.  I had committed to spending ten days hundreds of miles  away from my family and away from my demanding job as an attorney (to my partners' chagrin).    

I put myself up in a crappy hotel off a highway for those ten days, ate cold pizza when I wasn't canvassing, listened to voters tell me how they were voting for anyone but my candidate, got threatened with an attack dog by a Ron Paul supporter, worked 14 hour days, and came down with pneumonia.

And I would do it all over again.  In a heartbeat.  

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Very few details yet The Complaint is now available.  Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli made good on his promise to bring a lawsuit against the federal government over the healthcare bill.

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I have a friend who works for a Texas Congressman up on the Hill.  She's a very gung-ho Republican, and we had discussions over the years, but we got along because she thought I was kind of funny, I guess, and we had football in common.  She ran with some friends of mine, and we'd see each other at Redskins games.  

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I know part of the problem with America these days is the coarsening and the hardening of our social discourse, but I hope you will forgive me when I ask, in all seriousness and with relatively controlled anger, where the fuck are the Democrats on this Bunning bullshit?

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It looks Rahm Emanuel is done. My dry cleaner in Georgetown is the same place Rahm Emanuel goes to to get his shirts pressed, and he told me that he left a business card in one of the pockets of his Oxford button-downs that was from Dana Milbank, and on the back was written this note: "Eggs, brd, milk."  Never has a note been more clearly written to signal the end, the veritable demise, of the vile, mouth-breathing Rahm Emanuel.

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