Now look, I understand, a lot of you don't like the constant Obama bashing by a lot of us here on DKos. I can understand your viewpoint that it isn't productive and that sometimes it just becomes an emo-like vent session for some of us to rant. At the same time, a lot of us have real concerns. What are those concerns? They are:
1. The Obama team doesn't really have any direction for the country, they're just reacting to what Republicans propose.
2. The Obama team does not understand the current Republican party.
3. The Obama administration leadership style is always willing to sacrifice 'progressive
solutions" for any deal.
Now I know that that my fellow kossacks have been skeptical of all the right-wing blather about death panels, and scoffing at the ludicrousness of the supposed theory. But alas, I believe they may be right, and I have evidence to further back up this claim. There are death panels and what they have done will shock you.
According to Steven Greenhouse in the New York Times is saying that Moderate Democrats in the Senate have effectively killed the provision for Card Check in the Senate. He says:
The abandonment of card check was another example of the power of moderate Democrats to constrain their party’s more liberal legislative efforts. Though the Democrats have a 60-40 vote advantage in the Senate, and President Obama supports the measure, several moderate Democrats opposed the card-check provision as undemocratic.
In its place, several Senate and labor officials said, the revised bill would require shorter unionization campaigns and faster elections.
While disappointed with the failure of card check, union leaders argued this would still be an important victory because it would give companies less time to press workers to vote against unionizing.
Some business leaders hailed the dropping of card check, while others called the move a partial triumph because the bill still contained provisions they oppose.
"There are no neat or easy answers here," Mr. Obama said in a speech in which he pledged to "clean up the mess at Guantanamo."
The president also said opening and continuing the military prison "set back the moral authority that is America's strongest currency in the world."
"I can tell you that the wrong answer is to pretend like this problem will go away if we maintain an unsustainable status quo," Mr. Obama said. "As president, I refuse to allow this problem to fester. Our security interests won't permit it. Our courts won't allow it. And neither should our conscience."
Now according to the Washington Post the President is going to ask his lawyers to draft an executive order to keep them locked up indefinitely. What the hell...
The Washington Post is now reporting that Republican John Ensign of Nevada had an extramarital affair. Check out the Washington Post Website!!!!Washington Post
THE POLITICO IS REPORTING THAT HE WAS POSSIBLY BLACKMAILED!!! The Politico
Sen. John Ensign today acknowledged an extramarital affair with a member of his campaign staff, according to several Nevada Republican sources.
Ensign told the Associated Press, "I deeply regret and am very sorry for my actions."
An aide in Ensign's office said the affair took place between December 2007 and August 2008, with a campaign staffer who was married to an employee in Ensign's Senate office. Neither have worked for the senator since May 2008. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity. The aide declined to comment on Ensign's political future.
Below is a conversation between a torn liberal's brain and his heart. Barack Obama has led this nation for barely over 2 months, and yet already I can feel inside me the pull of my heart strings filled with rage, sadness, worry, and increasing anger fighting against my brain that is pressing logic, patience and understanding, with the way things are going. Below is a metaphor of the conflict felt within, probably, many liberals, who have become disenchanted with the system's solutions to the problems facing us.
In shocking news to Republican Party faithful, the Republican party has decided that after a century-plus of the Elephant as the symbol of their party, they found it not to represent the zeal and patriotism required to represent a party of their stature, so they secretly convened after their loss in November to reform the party's image. The party spent a long time debating between a plethora of different new mascots...
Thank god for Republicans, sometimes they're the best players on TEAM Democrat. Today, the Republican Party of Virginia decided to remove their Chairman. Not only did they remove him, but they removed him in a way that there was only one vote needed to have kept him in office. Not only did they remove him, but they disqualified one of the people who would have voted for him on the committee, and thus, made Chairman Frederick's ousting look all the more suspicious. Not only did they kick him out, but they pissed off all of his hard-core conservative followers who make up the backbone of the volunteers and money-ed interests that help keep the Republican Party here going. Not only that! They also could get sued by this said Chairman and have him run again for the position and win! Thank you Virginia Republican Party, you guys suck so bad, you actually make us smell better.
After arguing with another poster here at the Dkos on gun rights and gun control the other week, a thought bubbled up from the increasingly acerbic way the debate went. Compromise is a hard thing! Finding common ground on issues is difficult. And that's with someone who agrees with a lot of what we who are Dkos regulars believe. Even with our supposed 'Left Wing' group, there is a lot of heterogeneity of beliefs about different issues throughout the community. There are issues we probably all mostly agree about 90 to 95%. Global Warming is real. The Iraq War was begun on false pretensions and the Bush Administration probably lied about some of their 'facts' about Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction. Tax Cuts are not the miracle panacea of Job Creation. Every other Republican Congressman has a strange sexual fetish...well ok ok...that's just a personal belief. I digress...I was going to talk about compromise.
Today was the special election to appoint our new Fairfax County Supervisor (an important position as both ex-congressman Tom Davis, and new congressman Gerry Connolly held the position previously) that will help show how the Republicans are doing in pushing turnout here in Northern Virginia, and will be a good gauge of each parties interest for the fall elections.
Sharon Bulova - Democrat
Pat Herrity - Republican
Christopher DeCarlo - Independent
Carey Campbell -Independent Green (Kind of like a Republican for Rail)
For more background information, here is some info from the Washington Post with backgrounds and information about each candidate.