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  •  How about he also ask the media to do its job (4+ / 0-)
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    along with more than a few Democratic "strategists" and pundits, so that they stop ignoring the assholish way that Repubs are holding the middle class hostage and stop putting the onus on Dems to be the responsible ones.

    Ok, never mind, that's not his job and if he tried he'd be mocked by same media and pundits and made to look like weak. That's our job, and the job of more honorable members of the media and punditocracy, to call out the media and hosebag pundits for taking it so easy on Repubs and being so hard on Dems.

    I'm tired of this double standard where Repubs are excused for their horrible behavior under "boys will be boys" rules, but Dems are criticized for refusing to cave to their demands and called irresponsible. Anyone applying this double standard has to be called out and embarrassed for it.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 01:18:07 PM PST

    •  How about, for one thing, telling the Talking Head (3+ / 0-)
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      shows to have as many Democrats as Republicans on as speakers, for ghod's sake.  It's such a joke.  ALmost every Sunday show is hosting some Republican.  Usually John McCain.

      How many elections do we have to win before Democrats even get an equal voice on TeeVee?

      --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

      by Fiona West on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 02:16:12 PM PST

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      •  And most of the Dems they have on (3+ / 0-)

        are RepubliDems like Rendell, Summers or Ford. The number of liberal Dems they have on is quite small, in no way comparable to the number of conservatives they have on. For every time Rachel or Katrina or Reich is on, a Pete King or McCain or Brooks is one 5-10 times as often. It's a deliberate and willful decision intended to keep the debate as favorable to the right as possible, because these media outlets benefit more from GOP than Dem politicies.

        There cannot possibly be any other explanation for why despite how many times actual credible economists like Krugman or Reich or Bernstein say that the cliff is actually a curb and deficits don't matter that much right now vs. stimulus, pundits and journalists continue to pretend otherwise and keep plugging the lie that we're going off a catastrophic cliff if a Grand Bargain isn't struck soon that absolutely has to include cuts to entitlement programs and maybe a slight increase in taxes for the rich. There is no way in hell that they don't realize that they're lying. They are dumb but not THAT dumb. They're lying because they're told to lie, because it favors them personally, and because they fear what might happen to their careers if they don't lie. They all remember what happened to Ashleigh Banfield.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 02:24:17 PM PST

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        •  I cannot stand Rendell; eom. (0+ / 0-)
          •  Guys like Rendell have a ton of money coming in (0+ / 0-)

            and will never be bothered if there are cuts in Social Security or Medicare benefits.  I get real mad when Rendell starts insisting everyone needs to feel some pain, because he'll never feel the pain.  Then again, he's probably so rich by now that he will be one of the ones that has to pay more if taxes go up on incomes more than $250,000.  So maybe he's thinking, well if I have to pay more, than I sure want to make sure that old lady trying to live on $14,000 a year has to feel some pain.

            Okay, I hope this isn't true.  I'm talking myself into really hating Rendell.

    •  Agreed. I've been making a number of calls to (0+ / 0-)

      MSNBC and CNN lately.

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