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What Matt said

Not Big Media Matt, but the real Matt, who's back from the Dodd campaign and now has his own blog:

So perhaps rather than citing Ronald Reagan, Obama should turn to his colleagues in the Senate like Dodd, Russ Feingold and Ted Kennedy who have made a career of bringing Republicans over to the Democratic side of issues to build consensus in our direction and do work that actually succeeds at shifting the Overton Window to enable future legislative efforts from an increasingly progressive standpoint.

Of course, if you appeal to Reagan-lovers, you build the largest possible coalition by bringing in voters who will stab us in the back the minute Limbaugh gives the word, which will be--I'll be generous--thirty days from Inauguration Day, a strategy that is crucial toward to enacting progressive policies.

Sigh. Those who don't learn from history...

NOTE Elsewhere in Matt's post, I notice that I'm not the only one to notice how OBama and the Mittster seem to be twin sons of different mothers...

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Submitted by vastleft on

And hats off to HTML Mencken for this:

I reject any candidate or platform which does not explicitly rebel against current position of the Overton Window. A decent national politics rejects Reagan and Reaganism tout court; just because the Sensible Liberals in the 80s or their heirs in the DLC in the 90s didn’t do the right thing doesn’t mean that a candidate in 08 ought to be allowed to continue their tradition. The zeitgeist demands a Leftwing ascendence; the only way to do it correctly — to not waste an historical opportunity — is to proceed with a ‘bipartisanship is date-rape’ mentality; the only way to pop bubbles like Reagan’s is to stop shielding them at the same time with triangulations. Obama’s ‘postpartisan’ schtick has always struck me as rarified triangulation.

Submitted by lambert on

Sounds great, until you look at the features and the price and then.... It can't actually be engineered and is never delivered.


[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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that Obama was praising, i think, which is even more disgusting. It's all those who created the myth of smiley St. Ronnie.

Even Atwater recanted his tactics on his deathbed.

And what does all this say about Obama's "new kind of politics" bull? ugh.

Submitted by [Please enter a... (not verified) on -- Obama appropriates the apocalyptic optimism of Ron Reagan

"... Obama wasn't endorsing the outcome of Reagan's pitch, but he seems not to recognize that the pitch and the outcome were inseparable, that Reagan's "clarity" and "optimism" were the thin, leading wedge of a malevolent effort to degrade government and our political culture that has reached apotheosis in the Bush administration; that Ronald Reagan and George Bush are, if we're lucky enough to get a president who can kill the Reagan legacy, bookends. ..."

Submitted by lambert on

I'm seeing Ronnie morphing into Obama. Image and voice. Beyond my skills, though.

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.