August 26, 2010
Alan Simpson, the co-chair of the deficit commission, turns out to have written a nasty letter to a critic. Various liberals are predictably seizing on this as a reason to discredit the entire commission. Jane Hamsher at FireDogLake: Simpson’s childish outbursts, his clear contempt for those he patronizes as “the lesser people” he says he is trying to protect, and his ignorance about the program he is tasked with “fixing” are but symptoms of a greater problem...President Obama, it is not just Alan Simpson who needs to go.
I have a general conceptual disagreement with Jane Hamsher's post bemoaning liberal support for the Obama administration, but let me focus on this specific area of confusion: Of course, the White House is going to go after Social Security again. It’s the pot of gold at the end of Wall Street’s rainbow, and they desperately want that injection of cash which could keep their giant ponzi scheme from exploding. . .
Keep Your 16 Grand, You Freaks
March 16, 2010
Howard Fineman reports that Dennis Kucinich will vote for health care reform. Kucinich may be crazy but he's not... well, he is kind of stupid. Okay, he may be crazy and stupid, but he's not completely indifferent to the plight of the disadvantaged. So he's got that going for him. National Review's Daniel Foster has been pre-spinning: I figured that Kucinich would vote "no" so long as the bill got to 216. That he might now vote yes tells you as much about the Democrats whip problems as anything. Riiight. Picking up another vote is bad news for the Democrats.
March 03, 2010
You think it’s so great being Rahm Emanuel?
Evan Bayh Sounds Like...Evan Bayh
January 19, 2010
Trenchant political analysis, from Senator Evan Bayh: If you lose Massachusetts and that’s not a wake-up call, there’s no hope of waking up. ... It’s why moderates and independents even in a state as Democratic as Massachusetts just aren’t buying our message. They just don’t believe the answers we are currently proposing are solving their problems. That’s something that has to be corrected. ... The only we are able to govern successfully in this country is by liberals and progressives making common cause with independents and moderates.
One More Note on Gruber
January 13, 2010
Harold Pollack is the Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and a Special Correspondent for The Treatment. Jonathan Cohn has said much of what needs to be said about this imbroglio. I want to add one more item today, occasioned by Jane Hamsher’s lambasting of Jon Gruber over at HuffPo. Without doubt, Gruber’s HHS contract was poorly-handled. I disagree with Gruber on various policy matters.
See Jane Ignore Reality
December 22, 2009
This morning at FireDogLake, Jane Hamsher points out that stock prices for insurance companies have risen since Joe Lieberman announced he'd filibuster reform over the public option. She ends her item with this statement: If this thing passes, and the corruption behind this bill becomes effectively demagogued by the GOP, I hope those fighting to pass this on behalf of the “poor” are going to enjoy wearing it. Hamsher is correct when she writes that the health care industry will, by and large, benefit from reform.
Don't Kill the Bill, Cont'd
December 21, 2009
In a new column posted this morning, Firedoglake's Jane Hamsher renews her call to defeat the Senate health bill--a position, I know, many of our mutual friends on the left share. I respect her right to that opinion. I respect the fact that she's making substantive arguments about what the Senate bill would mean for real people. And I really respect the effort she's made, over the last few months, to promote the cause of health reform. But I still think she, and those who agree with her, are wrong. In her column, Hamsher offers ten reasons why she opposes the Senate bill.
July 22, 2009
Only six months into the Obama presidency, the new administration has already experienced an unusually robust assortment of criticism from fellow Democrats, at least at the elite opinion-leading and activist level. The extended progressive "honeymoon" that John Judis warned against in these pages back in February has largely faded. Only six months into the Obama presidency, the new administration has already experienced an unusually robust assortment of criticism from fellow Democrats, at least at the elite opinion-leading and activist level.
The Bloggers' Lament
June 23, 2008
Thanks for your post, Dayo. I haven't been to many of these internet-and-politics confabs (like YearlyKos) for comparison, but my impression is that there's a certain wistfulness or disappointment here.