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The Realism of Idealism

Robert Reich’s Blog: 2008 and 1968: Yet the striking thing about Obama, and the enthusiasm he has stirred up, has little to do with the specifics of the policies he advances. It is rather his almost pitch-perfect echo of the John F. Kennedy we heard in 1960 and the Robert Kennedy last heard in 1968. […]

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Supporter Videos

¡Viva Obama!: Personally, there are some things about silly season that I like. How is it that this is so awesome and this and this are so terrible? The lack of cheesy 90s graphics is a definite difference, but the music is the deciding factor. The Obama video is fast and happy and loud, the […]

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The Roby Plan For America

Josh and I were talking almost a year ago about how awesome it would be if the next President declared Bush an enemy combatant specifically to make the point that the President should not have such a power. Today, I was thinking of other such actions to take. Issue a signing statement that annexes Cuba. […]

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Speeches

Listen to the crowds in these two speeches. You only have to get about 10 seconds in to each one. Obama: McCain: (Both Via Talking Points Memo.) Obama sounds like he is surrounded by hundreds of people who are attentive to his every word. He is. McCain sounds like he’s in a little room with […]

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Liberal is Not a Dirty Word

In writing the previous post, I use “liberal” instead of the oh-so-trendy “progressive,” which I decided just today is about as informative as claiming that you are in favor of achieving things. Everybody is in favor of some kind of progress; the important part is what goal you are trying to achieve, and I want […]

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On Government

I was watching “The Power of Nightmares” a while back. I’d previously heard about it, but never actually sat down and glued my eyes to the screen. If nothing else, it kicked off the following train of though in my mind. Strauss, Father of Neoconservatism One of the two groups the documentary charts the history […]

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Story of My Life

A Politics for Generation X: As it turns out, however, the political views of most Xers are more complex and more interesting than that. Like conservatives, they favor fiscal restraint—but unlike the conservative leadership in Congress, only 15 percent believe that America should use any budget surplus to cut taxes. Like Democrats, they want to […]

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YouTube – Yes We Can – Barack Obama Music Video

YouTube – Yes We Can – Barack Obama Music Video: We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics. They will only grow louder and more dissonant. We’ve been asked to pause for a reality check. We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope. But in the […]

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Why Obama?

The Choice: In this respect the Obama campaign is uniquely circular: his political appeal is rooted in the fact that he’s so politically appealing. This means that when he loses, the loss affects him worse than it would other candidates, since it also cuts against his message. But when he wins, particularly when he wins […]

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The Civil War In Four Minutes

(Via The Daily Dish.) This makes the entire war seem like an endless loss by the south, where they were continually giving up territory. The Ken Burns documentary (which they borrowed the music from, smartly) shows the war as much more of a struggle, with the north continually losing battles and searching for a general […]

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