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Could this be Marco Rubio's John Edwards haircut moment?

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Tonight Keith Olbermann, whom I am normally a fan of, examined former President Jimmy Carter's statement that much of the outraged aimed at President Obama is rooted in racism.  He and Melissa Harris-Lacewell had a very expansive conversation about the truth in Carter's words and the refusal by some in the media to acknowledge that racism still exists.  But I have one major problem with the show tonight and this has been a recurring problem.  On issue of racism on air personalities at MSNBC don't have to look very far to see a prime example.  As much as I appreciate Keith calling out Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, exactly when is he going to get around to calling out frequent MSNBC guest, Pat Buchanan?

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Mon Sep 07, 2009 at 10:48 AM PDT

Change The Conversation

by sgwhiteinfla

For any liberals or progressives who have the honor of being on TV whether as a member of Congress or a Democratic strategist or a DFH blogger, there is one way to help change the conversation that I think isn't being utilized. Right now the Villager media conversation centers on whether the left in Congress will cave on a public option. First of all it should be noted that the overwhelming majority of Democrats in Congress, not just the progressive caucus, endorses the idea of a public option and one has been included not just in the 3 House bills but also in one of the two Senate bills. So what we should be striving to do is change the conversation to put the pressure where it really belongs, on the ConservaDems in the Senate. A few points.

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Former FBI interrogator, Ali Soufan, is back with another op ed in the New York Times. This time he takes apart Dick Cheney's assertion that the CIA IG report vindicated his position that torture "worked". Spencer Ackerman has a really good post up about it and I suggest reading that in addition to the op ed but I wanted to highlight a particular part of the op ed which should be repeated over and over like an echo whenever Dick Cheney or his wingnut daughter Liz appears on any cable news shows again.

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Imagine if we pooled all of our substantial resources and instead of attacking rank and file ConservaDems who oppose health care reform either with a public option or just in general and instead focused all of our attention on the one man whose job it is to keep them in line.  Do you think Harry Reid knowing that if we don't get real health care reform by the end of this year that the netroots will mobilize to make sure he loses in 2010 would motivate him to start twisting some arms as he is usually loathe to do?  

I do, and I think its time that we start applying pressure on the one man who might actually have the most to say not only about whether or not we get health care reform but if we do how it will look.  

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With all of the din around health care reform I think its important we remember why corporate interests are vehemently against it.

Its the politics stupid!

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There is a new CNN/Opinion Research poll out today.  A lot of people will be posting about it all over the net as it relates to the townhall disruptions.  But there is another startling, dare I say earth shattering, statistic buried in the internals of the polls.  Follow me over the jump to see how the American people feel about the government making health care decisions.  And be sure to bring plenty of fainting couches for all of your Republican friends!

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Wed Apr 08, 2009 at 10:15 AM PDT

Glenn Beck = Orson Welles

by sgwhiteinfla

A light bulb just came on in my head. Since Richard Polawski murdered three police officers over the weekend and it became apparent that he had been influenced by right wing propaganda, Glenn Beck and the rest of the right wing echo chamber has pushed back hard against any charges that they were responsible for Polawski's actions. Just the fact that they have been so defensive shows in my opinion a guilty conscious but I have been very dissappointed that most of the mainstream media has not really picked up the story or really fully examined the role that right wing fear mongering rhetoric is having on influencing these kind of situations. Then it occured to me, this is much like Orson Welles' radio broadcast of "War Of The Worlds"

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I don't know if I am the only one but I have been searching the net for any information on this beleagued AIGFP Executive VP by the name of Jake DeSantis who penned that woeful resignation letter to Edward Liddy and published it in the New York Times.  Surprisingly the only references to a man who supposedly holds such a lofty title is of the op-ed and one single solitary recently posted linkedin profile.  Is something fishy going on?  Follow me over the fold and help me get some closure on this issue.

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President Obama set out a very ambitious agenda Tuesday night about the direction he would like to take this nation.  Its great to have such a wonderful speech but now its time for Congress to roll up their sleeves and actually get the leg work done.  Unfortunately the Republicans have shown that they believe that obstruction is the way back from the wilderness for them.  After their conduct during the debate over the stimulus bill one can surmise that their resistance to change will only get worse.  So what can be done to help avoid the problems we had with getting the stimulus bill done whereby we ended up having to water it down just to get it passed?  Well in my mind I think we should consider trying to get Arlen Specter to leave the GOP and cross the aisle.  I know that might not be a popular sentiment but follow me over the fold to read my argument for doing so.

crossposted at SmoothLikeRemy

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Sun Feb 15, 2009 at 06:15 AM PST

YouTube Diss Tracks For Democrats

by sgwhiteinfla

I have been pretty pissed off by the disparity between GOP and Democratic officials on the talking head shows of late. Now mind you I for one acknowledge that the Democrats themeselves are at least partly to blame because they haven't been pushign hard enough to get on these shows. But the networks should be ashamed of themselves for allowing themselves to become the de facto mouthpieces of the GOP in an effort to make the story about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into a "horserace". Thankfully the bill still passed and most of the country still supports it but this is not a good sign with more partisan fights on the horizon. Universal healthcare, Social Security reform, cutting defense spending, investing in green energy and the employee free choice act are just a few of the issues that will have to be addressed that may similarly be framed almost solely by the opposition if the current trend holds.  Its time for the Democrats to take a page from hip hop and start putting up youtube diss tracks.

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Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 06:51 PM PST

The Perfect Solution

by sgwhiteinfla

crossposted at Smooth Like Remy

The AP has an interesting article about how some Republican Governers are breaking with their GOP counterparts in Congress and are advocating for quick passage of President Obama's economic stimulus plan. Now because states have to balance their budgets year to year it would seem that these Governers supporting the money to states in the spending provisions of the stimulus bill would be a no brainer, yet its not as simple as that.

I have a few ideas about how to get these Republican Governers to get behind President Obama's stimulus bill so follow me over the fold to discuss.

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