Dem on Dem Violence
There is still time to nominate Bernie. The US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, California, NJ, Montana, NM, SD, ND, and Washington DC have yet to hold their primaries. Bernie would need a commanding lead in them to catch Hillary, but the possibility is there. Bernie knows what his tracking polls look like, more importantly, he knows what his phone bank results look like. The Bernie phone bank is tied directly into his database, so he knows how many calls are being made, where those calls are going, and what the results look like, and his team knows this in real time. Read more about Bernie and the Democratic party
So Joshua Micah Marshall has joined Kevin Drum and Paul Krugman in attacking Bernie for not giving up before his strongest states are due to vote, and for misleading people to think that the United States could ever have single payer health care, free university education, and double social security benefits, or do anything other than start wars and conduct surveillance on its own people. Read more about Concern trolls for Hillary Clinton
I think that this comment at Slashdot sums up my feeling:
From what the news stories are saying, this firewall-dropping was happening repeatedly. So:
Hillary Clinton is the most popular non-incumbant politician since Eisenhower. Partly it is the remembered prosperity of her husband's presidency. Partly is because Hillary never lets the bastards get her down. No matter how vicious the attack, Hillary Clinton maintains her focus on doing what she thinks is best for the country, and people LOVE her for it. Read more about People love Hillary Clinton
Cross-posted from Real Economics.
A week ago, Matt Stoller provoked a lot of discussion with his The Progressive Case Against Obama, a masterful accounting of this administration’s dismal policy record “on the grounds of economic and social equity.” Income and wealth inequalities, Stoller points out, have not just continued under Obama, but have actually become some fifty percent worse than during the Bush regime. Read more about Beyond whether Obama wins or loses
I've never supported Obama and my friends know that. They also know I am out of electoral politics and gone independently left libertarian. Last night I tried to stay out of a political discussion at a small get together of friends. But I did say that I thought it was unacceptable when Obama said he "suspected" that his position on SS was similar to Romney's. Although, I added, it was the most truthful thing he said all night. And then added that IMHO, he looked uncomfortable because he had to pretend he had a different economic philosophy than Romney and that was tiring for him.
Then my friend said, "What does it get you to be a purist?"
I said I'd rather drop the subject especially when labels got attached. Read more about Last Night I was Called a Purist
This post was inspired by Chris Floyd's attack on Robert Parry's Vanity of Perfectionism, and Is Making a Protest Vote in Presidential Elections a Vanity Choice? Read more about Democrats and the left
Excerpts from Walter Karp's Liberty Under Seige, THE DESTRUCTION OF THE CARTER PRESIDENCY BY THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS
Most of this I knew, but some of it is new to me. Read more about Versailles vs Jimmy Carter
I actually saw this one on the car directly ahead of me today in the drive-thru line at a McDonald's in Naperville, IL:
So maybe we are as stupid as they think we are...ya think? Read more about Dumbshit sticker of the day
and not a movement? This is the question that Matthew Noah Smith makes in an essay titled "Living Politically" on the site to which Lambert recently directed us that had the essay "Occupy Philosophy".
He believes that Occupy was an important "event" in that it captured our imaginations more than other important protests such as the one that shut down the state government in Wisconsin. And the "why" of how it did that is important. Read more about Is Occupy Just an Event?
As announced in THE HILL yesterday:
Obama warns left: You won't like budget
By Alexander Bolton - 01/17/12 05:30 AM ET
Top White House officials are warning liberal and labor leaders to brace themselves for President Obama’s budget proposal.
Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council, sought in meetings last week to lift the left’s gloom about Washington’s crackdown on spending by promising that the president this year will focus on job creation rather than deficit cutting.
This, after Darth Obama froze wages for federal employees; no collective bargaining allowed.
“Obama’s been criticized for not doing enough for his base,” Larry Scanlon, AFSCME’s political director, said in an interview. “So you always worry about the mood of your membership. But the depth of support in the room today for Obama surprised even me.”
Tuesday’s vote by the union board was unanimous.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The jobs crisis has left so many people out of work for so long that most of America's unemployed are no longer receiving unemployment benefits.
Early last year, 75 percent were receiving checks. The figure is now 48 percent - a shift that points to a growing crisis of long-term unemployment. Nearly one-third of America's 14 million unemployed have had no job for a year or more.