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As Election Day approaches, it seems clear that President Obama is going to win the election. The Lichtman Keys have been in since 2010, with no change. Nate Silver currently forecasts Obama winning 307 electoral votes and gives him around an 86% chance of winning the election. The polling in Ohio pretty consistently favors Obama. Finally, the almost always wrong Dick Morris predicts a Romney landslide. It's hypothetically possible for Romney to win, but it would be a surprise result on par with "Dewey Defeats Truman." The President appears to have the election wrapped up.

This is good news. President Obama and activists across America have managed to show regular everyday Americans that Democrats can handle foreign policy (even if we liberals find some of the ways in which this has been done to be reprehensible, particularly regarding the kill list), that Democrats can prevent economic collapse, and that Democrats have a social vision which fits the reality of the future of this country, young Americans. We're a long ways from Bush. And now having shown we're not the weak, naive, and hedonistic bureaucratic bumblers the Bushes painted us as, we have an opening to defeat the Tea Party, Republican congressional leadership (the "young guns"), and their fellow travelers once and for all.

We need to learn from history, and actually from the founders of the first wave of the modern conservative movement. Our tasks are a bit different. William F. Buckley was tasked with making a fringe movement (the far-right of his time, mainstream conservatism today) become mainstream, and our job is...well, to kick them to the proverbial curb. But he changed the Overton Window and effected the zeitgeist with his worldview, and we need to do the same.

We need, ladies and gentlemen, a liberal Firing Line. We need a show on the left -- and maybe, in these times, it would be better suited for Youtube than TV -- which would be all about having a conversation with all the people who have followers with different opinions. Real Time probably comes closest to this right now, but we need something less on the fringes (even though, personally, I like Bill Maher's show) and more geared toward mainstream regular Americans. We need a fellow who is smart, well-read, knows the issues, and most importantly knows how to speak to the assumptions of the other side. Americans are tired of people on TV screaming about each other. This would provide us an opportunity to bring progressive discourse to centrist independent Americans.

7:52 PM PT: UPDATE: Some commenters point out that a woman could do such a show, and I retract my usage of the word "fellow." Reetz points out Soledad O'Brien as a potential host, and I agree that she is a better and more skeptical journalist than most who might well be able to fulfill this role.


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  •  We need a woman... (2+ / 0-)
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    Mark Pelta, Neon Mama

    More women than men vote, the republicans have shown their utter contempt for women causing many in their party to either abandon it, and it's just time for the emergence of a strong, female, democratic voice. Let's go.

    "At stake are not just the details of policy, but fundamental principles of social justice and the character of our country." ~Sen. Ted Kennedy

    by Wendy in FL on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 07:33:08 PM PST

  •  Soledad O'Brien (1+ / 0-)
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    Mark Pelta

    Would be my pick. She has consistently asked smart questions and required answers.

    My Brothers Keeper

    by Reetz on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 07:44:48 PM PST

  •  I still want to see someone ask every one of them (0+ / 0-)

    if they think their own mother was too stupid to know whether she wanted to be pregnant?  

     How about the rape abortion in the Bible?  If the husband suspects the baby in his property/wife is not from his seed --- he gets a public temple abortion.  If fetus is not his --- her thigh will rot (they used euphemisms instead of saying UTERUS too) and her defiled womb won't make any more babies.  

    The punishment for her having consentual sex with any male other than spouse ----  is death.   Ergo --- abortion is the prescribed holy book solution for rape fetus.

    .They don't know science and they don't know their own scriptures.   We have a lot to do if we wish to educate them enough to actually have rational governance

    De fund + de bunk = de EXIT--->>>>>

    by Neon Mama on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 07:47:01 PM PST

  •  Oops! (0+ / 0-)

    I see I was too hasty in using the word "fellow." Just my non-gender-neutral education speaking, nothing meant by it, and I'll try to avoid such phraseology in the future. I think Reetz and Wendy are right, a woman would be great, and Soledad would be excellent!

  •  I've been thinking about that too, in my red state (2+ / 0-)
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    Terri, Neon Mama

    The problem, as I see it, is that practically all of Indiana's media seems to be well to the right of center.  The progressive view is entertained, but at the end of the day the papers are Republican organs.  

    I think my job will be to attend the meetings of the assorted county and city governments, then blog about them on a regular basis.  Maybe buy that beautiful round dining table I saw at Goodwill and four reasonably comfy chairs, then invite friends over for an LTE bee.  We have a progressive monthly that specializes in leftish political thought from national sources -- perhaps some columns of well-written information would be useful to counteract some of the truther CT that finds its way there.

    An underlying message of the blog/protopaper might be that progressive measures and ideas are part and parcel of local history and heritage (which is big here).  There are lovely, large libraries in some very small places without Andrew Carnegie's name on them.  Maybe connecting with the progressive heritage (which was infinitely Republican) would lead the other party to sanity and victory -- an Overton Window that extends from Ike to Stevenson would not be a bad thing.  

    Or this could just be (literally) a fever dream...serious, I've lost my voice to a cold and cannot GOTV -- can somebody take my place?

    "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

    by Yamaneko2 on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 07:50:35 PM PST

  •  Bill Moyers has that covered (1+ / 0-)
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    Terri

    Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

    by Just Bob on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 08:41:25 PM PST

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