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In Briefs: Obama’s Speech Timing Battle

HOWARD MEGDAL: Boehner refusing to let the president speak on 9/7 before joint session of Congress was ludicrous. Obama caving and moving speech to 9/8 is demoralizing.

CHRIS PUMMER: Really looking forward to more whining on the left about how “This should have been where Obama drew a line in the sand!” and “Here is Obama caving again!” and “It’s so horrible, why don’t we just kill ourselves!?!?!”.

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In Briefs: State of the Union

JESSICA BADER: And there’s the Eliot Engel sighting!

HOWARD MEGDAL: I’m so proud. He’s my Congressman.

JESSICA BADER: Interesting choice to dive right in with the Tucson/civility segment at the very beginning.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Boehner is watery already. I cannot…

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GOP Obstructionism and 2012

HOWARD MEGDAL: I don’t disagree with Dan on this point: obstructionism has served the GOP well in the first two years of the Obama administration. But both the results of that success, and more importantly, the differing demographics between a midterm election and a presidential contest make for different consequences to continuing down that path.

DAN SZYMBORSKI: One can hardly expect the Republicans to lose any points for obstructionism (if you can even call it that – opposing parties do have a very good argument for doing whatever they can to obstruct legislation that’s against first principles – we would have been far better off if the Democrats had done similar with the Iraq War). Simply put, they’ve not hidden in the least that they want to stand in the way of Obama’s desired legislation and in fact, touted it as part of the campaign. They’ll essentially do what they promised to do. Continue reading

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Smoking Politicians

ZOË RICE: Tom Brokaw, allow me to virtually fist bump you for writing this recent op-ed piece. Perhaps I will seem square for shaking my fist at cigarettes, and indeed I’m a former smoker myself (nearly ten years past quitting). But the toll this devastating habit takes on our country’s health shouldn’t be downplayed. Obesity may be the health-epidemic-du-jour (and a worthy one), but could Michelle Obama take an equally firm stance against smoking? She and her family stand in all their leanness as examples of fighting childhood obesity, a cause she publicly rallies against. However her husband, our President, can not act as a role model in the fight against tobacco addiction. And I think that should be part of his job.

AKIE BERMISS: I can completely understand where Zoë is coming from, but I disagree wholeheartedly. I mean, I agree that smoking is probably the most horrible and deadly of all bad habits, that far too many Americans do it, and that many of us are likely to die from it. On the other hand, as a smoker (of cigars), I understand what it means to have a vice. I understand how worldly pressures can lead to comfort in acting out “bad” habits. There’s nothing I crave more at the end of a hard day than a nice cigar and some peace and quiet. And I say, let a man have his vices. Assuredly, too many vices is not a good thing but a person with no vices at all? That’s just disturbing.
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The Decision to Keep Pelosi

AKIE BERMISS: I won’t attempt to wax poetic about all the things that make Nancy Pelosi a great leader. Its all be said and said again. Even Pelosi herself said last week that they reason the GOP hates her so much is because she’s effective. That wasn’t her tooting her own horn. That was just solid fact. Pelosi has been one of the most effective Speakers of the House in years. Certainly the most effective in my generation. I really think both parties would hard pressed to find a better Speaker than Pelosi. Whether you agree with her policies or not — she does her job better than anyone else.

JESSICA BADER: I’m pretty much on board with every point that Akie is making here. It’s not exactly surprising that someone like me, a proud liberal who believes in taking what you can get but only after fighting for as much of “what you can get” as you can, deeply admires and looks up to Nancy Pelosi. What is surprising is one of the arguments made by some who wanted Pelosi to step down. Continue reading

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Election 2010: Personal Reflections

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: It’s a difficult time to be a Liberal of any kind in America right now. Most of us are in a very pensive mood, if not suicidal. There is a lot of sober reflection, and anger; a lot of heartbreak.

AKIE BERMISS: This past Wednesday morning reminded me oh-so-many things I thought I’d forgotten. I remember now the clear sense of sadness, impotence, and rage I felt when George W. Bush was elected in 2000 (I was just half a year shy of being eligible to vote). I remember the potent sense of unfairness I felt at Bush’s reelection in 2004. I remember the strange feeling of ennui that I had when, in 4th grade, we were forced to listen to Bill Clinton’s first inaugural address in class (I’d been a Perot defender at the time). All these mixed sorts of feelings of devastation. The sensation of having lost. But never before have I felt the urgency to go immediately back into the fray. Continue reading

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HOWARD MEGDAL: While Dan speaks to the relative inconsequential nature of Rich Iott’s predilection for dressing as a Nazi in the grand scheme, the most interesting aspect of this controversy is the political calculation by John Boehner. By agreeing to campaign for him on the final weekend of the 2010 midterms, what exactly is Boehner saying? Continue reading

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Bigger Speaker Worries: Pelosi or Boehner?

HOWARD MEGDAL: Sure, the Tea Partiers could turn on John Boehner. But Nancy Pelosi has faced the far more sustained attacks this election season, and faces significant problems with holding on to the Speaker’s gavel next January. Continue reading

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The Aesthetics of Pledge to America

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: The Wall Street Journal informs me that President Obama will be making a tour shortly “to attempt to dismantle the Republican party’s “Pledge To America” governing platform.” Attempt to dismantle? Either the WSJ has a poor view of our President, or Obama has really lost his edge. Face it, folks; this thing can be dismantled by a hay-fever-ridden twentysomething with an 80s-vintage word processor. Allow me to demonstrate.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Lots of people have commented on the meaning behind the written content of the Pledge to America, but I’d like to talk about the pictures that have been included in the downloadable .pdf document. Does it strike anyone else as odd that 15 of the 48 pages in are devoted to pictures? Is this a doctrine or a children’s book? Continue reading

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Relating to Sarah Palin/Hillary Clinton

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I really don’t appreciate the whole, “While I disagree with her politics, I relate to Sarah Palin because she’s a woman and I’m a woman too,” spiel that seems to be a popular way to sidestep the question, during an interview, of whether or not you actually like Palin.

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: I remember being similarly annoyed during the 2008 Presidential primary races, during which several media sources informed me, much to my surprise, that I would be voting for Hillary Clinton. Continue reading

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