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Joe Lieberman: Hero?

JESSICA BADER: At this time last year, when the legislative grudge match du jour in the Senate was health care reform, the mere mention of Joe Lieberman’s name was enough to make me tense up and start muttering under my breath. What a difference a year makes. In the waning days of the 111th Congress, another key liberal goal left simmering from the last time Democrats controlled both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue was finally realized, and on this Lieberman was not a speedbump but a driving force. As odd and disconcerting as it feels, today Joe Lieberman is a progressive hero.

Like Jessica, I think Joe Lieberman should be commended for his work in bringing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal in for a safe Senate landing. But let’s not get hysterical here: when Patty Murray, head of the DSCC, sits down with Lieberman, it should be to let him know the Democrats will be supporting someone else in Connecticut’s 2012 Senate election. Continue reading

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Film Review: Machete

LAURA ROBERTS: Not to give away the ending, but I’m pretty sure Machete will, in fact, be followed by Machete Kills! and Machete Kills Again! Not necessarily because Machete is such a brilliant movie, but because the world loves revenge films and the superheroic bad-asses who helm them.
THOMAS DELAPA: Of Machete, director Robert Rodriguez recently told Entertainment Weekly, “If this thing makes five bucks, we’ll make another one.”
Whatever way you slice it, that pretty much sums up Rodriguez’s career as one of postmodern Hollywood’s schlock jocks. Continue reading

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Mitt Romney: Recently Burned or Already Toast?

CHRIS PUMMER: I say if Romney suffers a fatal blow to his aspirations for the nation’s top office, it won’t be because of latent anger over health care reform.

HOWARD MEGDAL: It isn’t like Mitt Romney needed another strike against him going into 2012. But the passage of Health Care Reform certainly provides one. Continue reading

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Health Care Summit In Review

CHRIS PUMMER: I’m sorry, but I didn’t watch the HCR summit. I didn’t have time, and even if I did, I wasn’t expecting much. Just skimming the recaps, it looks like it did when they first announced it: a waste of time orchestrated to provide some extra political cover for Democrats when they ram it down the GOP’s throat.

AKIE BERMISS: Unlike Chris, I DID watch the HCR summit and I can confirm that he didn’t miss very much. I made the painful commitment of watching from start to finish — which worked out to be something 10am to 5pm. And the majority of it was spent either completely watching President Obama and the Democrats react to the highly organized Republican talking points. In the press conference the Democrats held afterwards, Harry Reid opened by saying: “The most patient person in the world is Barack Obama.” Continue reading

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Byron Dorgan, Hanukkah and The Race to a Real 60

JEFF MORROW: Dorgan’s retirement should bring Democrats not sadness, but a joyous reminder of the seemingly impossible: Since 1987, every single federal legislator from North Dakota has been a Democrat. That it lasted as long as it did, and long enough to provide a supermajority, is shocking.

HOWARD MEGDAL: As Jeff correctly points out, it simply wasn’t realistic to expect North Dakota to produce an all-Democratic delegation in the U.S. Senate (and the House, too!).

However, such a group of 60 doesn’t seem all that far off. Consider that there is already a core group in the United States Senate of progressives largely in tune with their states. From Daniel Akaka to Ron Wyden, there are Senators across the board that reflect their own state’s progressive beliefs. Continue reading

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Mike Huckabee: Frontrunner?

HOWARD MEGDAL: If the Republicans were most concerned with who would be the best fit for the 2012 nomination, Mike Huckabee, the talented politician, would be a good choice. However, the reality on the ground is that Huckabee hasn’t made peace with the Grover Norquist Wing of the party, and his PAC fund, just like his 2008 campaign, shows he won’t be able to raise the funds to compete properly.

CHRIS PUMMER: When push comes to shove, if Huckabee looks like he can be a winner, the money will get behind him. John McCain was loathed by Nordquist and company going into last year’s primary season. But after the Maverick clinched the GOP nomination, it didn’t stop Nordquist from embracing him. Continue reading

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Extreme GOP: Right OR Wrong for America?

JESSICA BADER: The Republican Party’s messy divorce from sanity is a good thing for the country in both the short term and the long term.

HOWARD MEGDAL: In a two-party system, one party of crazy is a terrifying thing. Continue reading

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