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The Observer's Foreign Affairs Editor Peter Beaumont:

There is an expression for what is happening in Libya today – it is "mission creep" – in a mission that is dangerously ill defined and ambiguous, that with each move appears to throw its hand in ever more closely with a fractured opposition whose ability to govern meaningfully, even in Benghazi, remains open to question.

It is right that we protect those who cannot protect themselves.
What has not been debated is whether, as is increasingly becoming obvious, we should be taking sides in a civil war, and clumsily at that.

Barbara Ransby writes that real movements for social change need many grassroots leaders—not one charismatic politician:

There are a number of obstacles that stand in the way of movement building at this particular juncture. We must reappraise how we have read, or misread, the history of the last 50 years. First, we need to develop a more nuanced understanding of what is derisively termed “identity politics.” Second, we need to comprehend the mechanics of how social justice movements are built. And third, we need to reconsider who we look to for answers, and inspiration. …

Ella Baker taught us how we ought to do our movement work: take time to be inclusive, be active listeners, walk the thorny and sometimes circuitous path of participatory democracy, mutual respect and genuine solidarity; and build campaigns from the bottom up not the top down.

Mike Littwin:

In maybe the ugliest part of the report — it's on page 25 — [Rep. Paul] Ryan warns that Medicaid reform is needed, alongside what he calls welfare reform, "to ensure that America's safety net does not become a hammock that lulls able-bodied citizens into lives of complacency and dependency."

Of course, the problem for many on Medicaid is that they can't even climb into a hammock.

Matt Taibbi says that Paul Ryan has balls to push tax cuts for the rich on the backs of the middle class:

Ryan is proposing a budget he knows would have no chance of passing in the Senate. He is simply playing out a part, a non-candidate for the presidency pushing a rhetorical flank for an out-of-power party leading into a presidential campaign year. If the budget is a hit with the public, the 2012 Republican candidate can run on it. If it isn’t, the Republican candidate can triangulate Ryan’s ass back into the obscurity from whence it came, and be done with him.

With all due respect for the First Amendment, Patricia Williams writes, we need to be careful about incendiary public speech.

Robert Fisk:

I always say that reporters should be neutral and unbiased on the side of those who suffer. If you were covering the 18th-century slave trade, you would not give equal space to the slave-ship captain. At the liberation of an extermination camp, you do not give equal time to the SS. When the Palestinian Islamic Jihad blew up a pizzeria full of Israeli children in Jerusalem in 2001, I did not give equal space to the Islamic Jihad spokesman. At the Sabra and Chatila massacre in Beirut in 1982, I did not give equal time to the Israeli army who watched the killings and whose Lebanese allies committed the atrocity.

But television has different priorities. "Al Jazeera English" – as opposed to the Arabic version – manages to get it about right. Yes, I occasionally make an appearance on Al Jazeera and its reporters are good friends of mine. But it does say who the bad guys are; it does speak out, and it puts the usually pusillanimous BBC to shame. What I am most struck by, however, is the quality of the reporting. Not the actual words. But the pictures.

Timothy Garton Ash:

People should be free to publish cartoons of Mohammad. They should be free to wear the burka. … We may not like their choice. We may find it disturbing and offensive. But it is, in its way, as much a form of free expression as cartoons of Mohammad, which these women, in turn, will find disturbing and offensive. And that's the deal in a free society: The burka wearer has to put up with the cartoons; the cartoonist has to put up with the burkas.

David Brooks shows he's over the top of his hip waders in fantasy again since he believes Rep. Paul Ryan "has moved us off Unreality Island."

Boston Globe Editorial Board:

Mitt Romney should be flattered that the Democratic National Committee wants to move the Massachusetts primary until later in the 2012 calendar. But Secretary of State Bill Galvin and Senate President Therese Murray should continue to resist. The interests of Massachusetts voters are more important than the offensive DNC scheme.

Eugene Robinson:

[T]hat anyone could seriously imagine Trump as president of the United States — the actual president, living in the real White House, making fateful decisions about war and peace — must reflect something deeper and more significant than the weakness of the Republican field. I mean, really. Trump doesn’t even qualify as a wing nut on the political fringe, although that’s what he’s pretending to be, with all his “birther” blather. He’s a caricature, a cartoon, a “candidate” only in the wink-and-nod sense.

Alexander Cockburn says he will miss Glenn Beck "partly because of his deep roots in the mulch of American nutdom:
To Americans in the late '90s and current decade, maxed out on their credit cards, with negative equity in their homes amid a political culture swerving relentlessly to the right, Beck endlessly promoted the conspiracies and looming threat of a left in this country, which in reality has effectively ceased to exist.

"Progressives," today's milquetoast substitute for old-line radicals, have trembled at his ravings about the left's conspiracies against freedom.


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  •  We need to call this the Daily Meteor Blades... (3+ / 0-)
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    sagansong, divineorder, vets74

    dude, do you ever sleep?

    •  Yeah well . . (1+ / 0-)
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      Alexander Cockburn has his own roots deep in the mulch of American nutdom.  Cockburn believes the whole greenhouse gas global warming thing is a conspiracy by the nuclear power industry.  He's a full-on, committed, global warming denialist.

      That's nuts, and I would never quote him or link to him.  MB should know better.

      •  Sasha ain't real good at math. (0+ / 0-)

        His rejection of global warming is based on failure of the Great Depression to cause a fall in terran CO2 levels.


        Now imagine two lines on a piece of graph paper. The first rises to a crest, then slopes sharply down, then levels off and rises slowly once more. The other has no undulations. It rises in a smooth, slowly increasing arc. The first, wavy line is the worldwide CO2 tonnage produced by humans burning coal, oil and natural gas. On this graph it starts in 1928, at 1.1 gigatons (i.e. 1.1 billion metric tons). It peaks in 1929 at 1.17 gigatons. The world, led by its mightiest power, the USA, plummets into the Great Depression, and by 1932 human CO2 production has fallen to 0.88 gigatons a year, a 30 per cent drop. Hard times drove a tougher bargain than all the counsels of Al Gore or the jeremiads of the IPCC (Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change). Then, in 1933 it began to climb slowly again, up to 0.9 gigatons.

        And the other line, the one ascending so evenly? That's the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, parts per million (ppm) by volume, moving in 1928 from just under 306, hitting 306 in 1929, to 307 in 1932 and on up. Boom and bust, the line heads up steadily. These days it's at 380. There are, to be sure, seasonal variations in CO2, as measured since 1958 by the instruments on Mauna Loa, Hawai'i. (Pre-1958 measurements are of air bubbles trapped in glacial ice.) Summer and winter vary steadily by about 5 ppm, reflecting photosynthesis cycles. The two lines on that graph proclaim that a whopping 30 per cent cut in man-made CO2 emissions didn't even cause a 1 ppm drop in the atmosphere's CO2. Thus it is impossible to assert that the increase in atmospheric CO2 stems from human burning of fossil fuels.

        No-no-no.  

        More cars were on the roads, trains continued to roll, more people were born, and on and on. The industrial uses of fossil fuel are important, but that's not the whole of what happens.

        The figure given, here, for CO2 emissions is a proxy for total CO2 emissions. It is not a measurement.

        BTW: Cockburn is pronounced "coe burn."

        Despite the obvious.....

        Financial capitalism's criminals + Angry White Males + KKK wannabes + Personality Disorder delusionals + George Will =EQ= The GOPer Base

        by vets74 on Fri Apr 08, 2011 at 07:20:25 AM PDT

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      •  The abbreviated pundit round-up ... (4+ / 0-)
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        ...is not a compilation only of commentators I or the other
        APR editors agree with. Should I also not quote or link to Debra Saunders, Cal Thomas, Walter Williams, David Brooks, Bill Kristol, Michael Savage, Mona Charen, Phyllis Schafley? The idea of APR is to offer readers a smorgasbord of what pundits are saying. That is going to include climate change deniers, warmongers, supply-siders, Social Security privatizers along with those most readers would call progressive.

        I've been reading Alexander Cockburn for more than 30 years, I know exactly where he's coming from.

        Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I'll tell you what you believe.

        by Meteor Blades on Fri Apr 08, 2011 at 07:29:16 AM PDT

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        •  True.... (1+ / 0-)
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          If you ignore them, they still do not go away; better to know where they're coming from as they're trying to cut your legs out from under you.

          "In politics, absurdity is not a handicap." (Napoleon Bonaparte)

          by PBen on Fri Apr 08, 2011 at 07:54:31 AM PDT

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        •  Well yes . . . (0+ / 0-)

          but your linked to him was apparently with approval.  He should be ostracized, in my opinion.  You can do what you want, but I would not link to him.

          •  "apparently with approval" is an... (3+ / 0-)
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            ...interpretation based on zero evidence. I think we should know what a variety of people are saying on a variety of subjects. I'm not going to leave off Cockburn because he's an willful  idiot on climate change (and a bunch of other eco-issues dating back to the '80s) any more than I'm going to leave off Cal Thomas because he's a fundamentalist nutjob (with his column in 400 newspapers).

            Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I'll tell you what you believe.

            by Meteor Blades on Fri Apr 08, 2011 at 09:50:21 AM PDT

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            •  Your quoting him reminded me of (0+ / 0-)

              how little I miss him.  There was a time when it was hard to get any really good commentary other than out of The Nation (and a few other mags), so Cockburn and Hitchens and Hentoff had the ability to drag many of along with their quirks as the price of much excellent commentary.  Now, they're no longer necessary (says this progressive "milquetoast.")  I've noted more, in middle age, how many of Cockburn's slams at other leftists are put in sexualized/machismo terms.  ("Trembled" before Glenn Beck?  No, I just wanted people not to buy his crap.)

              Unplug the Koch machine! It's swallowing people's money!

              by Seneca Doane on Fri Apr 08, 2011 at 11:05:19 AM PDT

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        •  Links to opposing views (2+ / 0-)
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          I appreciate that you summarize so I don't feel like I have to go visit, and thus reward the popularity of authors that I wish would go away. But I do feel it's important to know what is being published on all parts of the political spectrum. That in fact is why this is my fav place to start my day.

          oo

  •  In re Fisk's take on Al Jazeera (3+ / 0-)
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    didn't Al Jazeera beat BBC last year for the quality of its reporting ? With now deep cuts in BBC budget by con UK govt., I expect their reporting to suffer still further.

    One bitter fact is two bit hacks populate the third rate fourth estate who are truly the fifth columnists.
    A No-Drama Obama Site Some Straight Talkin'

    by amk for obama on Fri Apr 08, 2011 at 04:48:32 AM PDT

    •  I want my MTV not. I want Al J (3+ / 0-)
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      We live in the evil empire dontcha know, with censors the private cable tv carriers:

      Catch the Al Jazeer media tour?


      I want my Al Jazeera  

      Al Jazeera correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin is on a victory lap in the United States – or rather, Al Jazeera is sending him on its own victory lap.

      After all, Mohyeldin is a modest guy, despite being one of Al Jazeera's best-known reporters – and clearly a rising international media star.

      Al Jazeera has good reason to gloat: it has a new cachet in the US after millions of Americans, hungry for on-the-ground reporting from Egypt, turned to its online live stream and Mohyeldin's coverage from Cairo's Tahrir Square.

      So now Mohyeldin is in the US for three weeks of media events – there will even be a GQ photo shoot – having become well known in a country where viewers are essentially prevented from seeing his station.

      The network has been targeted by the US government since 2003, when former vice president Dick Cheney and former defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld described it as tantamount to an arm of al-Qaeda.

      Two of its reporters were later killed in Baghdad when US missiles hit its office. Al Jazeera and others voiced suspicions that the channel's reporters had been deliberately targeted.

      And, to this day, Al Jazeera, which, together with BBC News, has become one of the premier global outlets for serious television news, is virtually impossible to find on televisions in the US.

  •  I gave up on cable a long time ago (8+ / 0-)

    for two reasons: (1) I preferred my money to go elsewhere and (2) I was tired of the 24/7 news which was anything but news.  I gravitated eventually to Al Jazeera English online.  I was never sure why, except I liked their reporting - and not having to listen to the right wing nut gallery was definitely an advantage.  I can read about the ridiculousness of the right wing nuttery, but listening to them causes me to rant like Lewis Black on steroids. It wasn't good for my heart.

  •  Jon Stewart... (10+ / 0-)

    had an absolutely brilliant takedown of Glenn Beck last night, which I transcribed in full.

    America, I can sit here and I can tell you the news, but... you already know the news.
    ANDERSON COOPER (4/6/2011): Glenn Beck announced today he'll be leaving the Fox News show later this year.

    Now, now, don't be upset.  It threw me for a loop as well, I was devastated.  In fact, last night I went home and finished off a whole pint of George Soros's Caliphate Crunch.

    Rum raisin with chocolate-covered microchips.  It's actually Ben & Jerry's only flavor that's both kosher and a Nazi sympathizer.

    Of course, we knew that he wouldn't be with us forever, like a beautiful and bold hothouse flower, or mononucleosis.  And he knew it too.

    GLENN BECK (4/6/2011): When I took this job, I didn't take it because it was going to be a career for me.  Paul Revere did not get up on the horse and say, "I'm going to do this for the rest of my life."  He didn't do it.  He got off the horse at some point, and fought in the Revolution.

    You sweet, sweet humble man.  You sweet, sweet humble man.  Now I know, Glenn could've likened himself to any character from the American Revolution, could've made himself George Washington or Patrick Henry.  But he decided to go with the first, and loudest, character.  And the only real difference between Glenn and Paul Revere, is that when Paul Revere told you the British were coming, they... were in fact coming.

    But!  But!  As I watched Glenn announce his departure, flanked by his trusty ladder rex, and in front of the Conspiratron 5000, I couldn't help but wonder if the story here wasn't that he was leaving... but why?  Come with me.

  •  With a little meth Trump could replace Beck; (7+ / 0-)

    change the "you're fired" mantra into "you're dead" and have Trump listen to 12 uninsured people with serious illnesses beg to be the one who gets medical care. Trump calls each one a woose, or deadbeat, or pathetic asshole then screams with hair slipping off his dome "you're dead!" and they are electrocuted in the chair they sit in. The punch line is all twelve are killed each day but Americans keep waiting to see who is saved because that is how Uncle Ruppie says the thing works.

    I think the nation is ready for this kind of entertainment.

  •  Beck and Trump (4+ / 0-)

    First, Trump is using Obama's platform - Build, Build, Build. WTF is High Speed Rail ? I personally believe HSR is a waste. I SUPPORT BUILDING IT. I know, people in Kansas and all think wow, commuter trains - I see it here in Philly. When I think train I think crime victim, BUT I HAVE DIGRESSED.
    Trump wants smaller government ? Government made his profits. Daddy gave him 6 billion then the government gave him grants to build or repair buildings . How can a man who has earned exactly NOTHING be president ? He is an older, flabbier Paris Hilton or 'The Situation' - Americans are mentally challenged and lazy, so he is famous.
    Second, welfare reform is code to Republicans and Tea Baggers-
    It means "Get those lazy n**** to work". Yeah, I know it sounds like I am faking that one. Recall Ronnie and his 'Welfare Queen'. That mythical creature  , much like that monster living in Loch Ness has still yet to be found. I do believe there may be 1 or 2 people taking advantage of the system, but a vast (I am talking 98% or more) are just desperate.
    And when one considers welfare, are they going to cut corporate welfare as well ? Will we still give Exxon, Trump and GE BILLIONS in 'subsidies' or will these animals be left to the 'free market'.

    you can't remain neutral on a moving train

    by rmfcjr on Fri Apr 08, 2011 at 04:52:57 AM PDT

    •  $1,219,000,000,000-a-year to military-and-spying. (1+ / 0-)
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      That's 1,219 fracking billions.

      Do a Zero Based Budget analysis of this shit and you can't spend more than $400-billion a year. The rest is graft and gold plated toilet bowls.

      The criminals who are the GOP care for nothing but their own bribes -- banksters and contactor-thieves at the top.

      Financial capitalism's criminals + Angry White Males + KKK wannabes + Personality Disorder delusionals + George Will =EQ= The GOPer Base

      by vets74 on Fri Apr 08, 2011 at 07:04:55 AM PDT

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  •  Thanks for the Ransby link. (4+ / 0-)

    It would be great to see a front page diary on this article.

    And no better place to start than Ella Baker.  SNCC is still a superb model for achieving change.  Staughton Lynd, one of those who gather with Baker at Spellman to begin SNCC, is another, especially his new Wobblies and Zapatistas, co-written with Andrej Grubacic.

    I'd like to suggest another piece of reading that I consider related from David Graeber.

    It also looks at how we might move forward in times like these.

    Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology (PDF)

  •  Charlie Cook says Paul Ryan's budget is a Death (1+ / 0-)
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    Wish for Republicans for 2012.

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/...

    For many seniors, doing anything to Medicare that can’t be portrayed as an increase is essentially a cut, and they will fight it to their last breath. From a political standpoint, Medicare reform is very dangerous territory. House Republicans are not just pushing the envelope—they are soaking it with lighter fluid and waving a match at it.

    Markos Moulitsas: "Said it before, I'll say it again: Scott Walker is the best thing to happen to Dem activism since George W. Bush."

    by Drdemocrat on Fri Apr 08, 2011 at 05:01:53 AM PDT

  •  I know most people are frustrated... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...with the lack of definition and clarity in the Libyan conflict. But many of us need to step back and recall that Gaddafi had suppressed any and all organized opposition to his reign for FOUR DECADES. The opposition are people who are still learning each other, let alone be able to coherently communicate a eye-pleasing PR message to the outside world about what kind of Soccer team they will field in the 2014 World Cup.

    Prior to the institution of the No Fly Zone, I had hoped that we could find a way to somehow create a "safe harbor" in Benghazi so that over the course of time this opposition would be able to sort itself out. Mind you, that would have been a radical step: international occupation of a portion of a sovereign state in order to "incubate" a potential political, revolutionary alternative to the sitting government in plain sight.

    It's going to be messy in Libya, even if most things break right. There are going to be more mistakes like the rebels killed because they were in a captured Libyan tank and NATO forces had insufficient intel that the tank was now "friendly."

    There are going to be hundreds of thousands of refugees in limbo at many places for months or more.  

    Thousands of Lybians will be killed.

    Scores of NGO workers are going to be killed.

    I type these words not out of some relish, but because I'm enough of a student of history to know that Sherman was spot on when he said "War is Hell," and it's what's going to happen, even if magically in the next week the rebels become a reasonably trained-up, communication tricked out, "intel-rich" coordinated unit with sufficient logistical support to start re-taking recently lost ground. We shouldn't allow the unrealistic expectations of the news cycle (and armchair "experts" who have fired any weapon fewer times than myself - and I've only fired a gun a dozen times at a shooting range and on 3 hunting trips) to create the insane expectation for this to be neatly tied up in 20 episodes.

    The so-called "rising tide" is lifting only yachts.

    by Egalitare on Fri Apr 08, 2011 at 05:11:33 AM PDT

  •  "Mission creep" is the wrong expression. It SHOULD (1+ / 0-)
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    be "Vietnamization."

  •  Big Oil / Big Coal shillery swamps blogs. (0+ / 0-)

    Now it's the attack on nuclear power plants, as the situation at Fukushima settles down to a normal engineering recovery operation.

    Here's the shit storm at Reuters today:


    amos033 wrote:
    This event will continue to grow more and more serious each day. We must all pray that Japan emerges from this disaster.
    Apr 06, 2011 10:15pm EDT

    jburt56 wrote:
    What about the spent fuel pools? Are there leaks there?
    Apr 06, 2011 10:40pm EDT

    geoalfa wrote:
    I’m shorting japan,this will get worse.
    Apr 06, 2011 10:49pm EDT

    karenmccleery wrote:
    How can anyone say this nuclear disaster is not going affect people’s health? It does not seem to be ending or even slowing down. Dumping contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean, on and on and on… I am confused. TEPCO continues to be in charge of this? Why? They need HELP!!!
    Apr 06, 2011 11:00pm EDT

    dryden29 wrote:
    “In Vienna, the head of a U.N. scientific body said the Fukushima accident is not expected to have any serious impact on people’s health, based on the information available now.”
    Do “people” include workers at the plant exposed to 1000 mSV/hr (fatal short term cumulative dose 6000 MSv)?
    Apr 06, 2011 11:20pm EDT

    gmatt58 wrote:
    How many tons of nuclear material does each reactor contain as compared to the 1-10lbs of the earlier Pacific nuclear explosions? Why is nobody (especially global warmers) worried about the effect this will have on plankton? I believe they are resposible for most of Earth’s oxygen, food for fish and play a key role in the greenhouse gas theory?-
    Apr 07, 2011 5:07am EDT

    BiteRight wrote:
    Whichever way Japan does this, radiation will harm neigbouring countries if let discharged to wild sea. If kept closed, it will harm domestic citizens.
    Apr 07, 2011 10:02am EDT

    Pterosaur wrote:
    Japan spread radioactive.
    India spreads Super Virus.
    US and Europe spread toxic debts and worthless money.
    The future is not so rosy…
    Apr 07, 2011 4:39pm EDT

    korovitsyn wrote:
    Can Island of Japan vanish after series of powerful earthquakes? What do scientists say about this possibility?
    Apr 07, 2011 5:15pm EDT

    False statements, claims to damage other countries, general bear market instigations, and more. All fabricated. None of it simple ignorance. Meanwhile Tokyo is back down in the normal background range at levels going 50-to-93 nanoGrays/hour.

    Propaganda = financed lies. Want clean energy ? Nukes are 8:1 to 15:1 cleaner than natural gas, oil, or coal. Carbon footprint matters.

    "Clean coal" ??? Translates as Wewon'tcuminyermouths.

    Financial capitalism's criminals + Angry White Males + KKK wannabes + Personality Disorder delusionals + George Will =EQ= The GOPer Base

    by vets74 on Fri Apr 08, 2011 at 05:34:08 AM PDT

  •  Thank you Barbara Ransby... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...and Fisk's piece was good, too!

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Fri Apr 08, 2011 at 05:43:08 AM PDT

  •  Re: Trump (1+ / 0-)
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    I said the same thing about George Bush in 1999/2000.

    Re: Glenn Beck
    Which progressives "trembled at his ravings about the left's conspiracies against freedom"?  Not any progressives that I know.  Maybe it was some of those electeds who laughably call themselves progressives.

  •  Matt Taibbi is a national treasure nt (0+ / 0-)
  •  many grassroots leaders—not one charismatic pol (0+ / 0-)

    That's absolutely correct.

    BUT.

    The charismatic pol needs to challenge and encourage the grassroots leadership.

    Course corrections that the "charismatic pol" can accomplish need to happen. They need to be ones that matter to the grassroots.

    Example: "We're not going to enforce DADT pending Congressional repeal."

    Barbara Ransby writes that real movements for social change need many grassroots leaders—not one charismatic politician:
       There are a number of obstacles that stand in the way of movement building at this particular juncture. We must reappraise how we have read, or misread, the history of the last 50 years. First, we need to develop a more nuanced understanding of what is derisively termed “identity politics.” Second, we need to comprehend the mechanics of how social justice movements are built. And third, we need to reconsider who we look to for answers, and inspiration. …

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Fri Apr 08, 2011 at 07:29:17 AM PDT

  •  If the latter happens... (0+ / 0-)
    If the budget is a hit with the public, the 2012 Republican candidate can run on it. If it isn’t, the Republican candidate can triangulate Ryan’s ass back into the obscurity from whence it came, and be done with him.

    ...then the Dem strategy should be to remind voters that mainstream Republicans cannot control their party, indeed, have ceded control of their party to the minority teabaggers.

    Therefore, no matter how much "triangulation" takes place, a vote for ANY Republican is a vote for Paul Ryan's Pathway to Hell.

    The community of fools might be small if it were not such an accomplished proselytizer.

    by ZedMont on Fri Apr 08, 2011 at 07:39:35 AM PDT

  •  per Robert Fisk... (0+ / 0-)

    one journalist I find trustworthy: the BBC is what it is, however, BBC World News compares very favorably in their reporting to any US news outlet I've seen.

    "The cure for bullshit is fieldwork."
    Robert H. Bates, Eaton Professor of the Science of Government, Harvard University.

    by papicek on Fri Apr 08, 2011 at 10:41:32 AM PDT

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