• And you are helping to give the Supreme Court to Republicans by your bashing of the presumptive Democratic nominee.

    Does reproductive choice mean nothing to you?

  • No, it's not ok that Hillary hired Mark Penn to slime Democrats in the primary. Penn is bad news for all Democrats, just like Karl Rove is bad for Republicans. It takes time, but negativity eventually blows back.

  • Really good insights, Chris.

    I have no doubt that many candidates are afraid of how the MSM will portray them in their districts and home states. The MSM is not the ally of progressives.

  • on a comment on The Open Left and Tom Friedman over 7 years ago

    We had a fundamental conflict of interest in Iraq. Friedman argued democracy and humanitarian relief, but the reality was we wanted the oil. Friedman was either:

    1. Naive as Hell about American interests when he wrote about our interest in Democracy. Or:

    2. Bullshitting us when he knew damn well our first priority was the oil.

    If Friedman wants to save people, send our troops to Darfur.

  • on a comment on The Open Left and Tom Friedman over 7 years ago

    A forced anecdote usually leads to a very trite talk. I have heard dozens of pinheaded politicians and putrid preachers use stupid stories and awful anecdotes. It's not a style to emulate.

  • comment on a post The Open Left and Tom Friedman over 7 years ago

    Getting up at 3:30 to work on your speech probably left you a little slow on your feet. It seems to me that you would have been better off working less and sleeping later. It's better to be quick on your feet than rewriting your speech another 2 times.

    You may be too damn young to have enough good anecdotes to use the way you intend. If you don't have the material, don't try to force that speaking technique on it. Don't put the vehicle ahead of substance.

  • Even though his poll numbers dropped, he moved ahead of Hillary who plummeted. Hillary lost points to Richardson, Biden and other candidates who were struggling for exposure.

    We shouldn't take these numbers too seriously.

  • Edwards took poll points from Obama, it appears. Perhaps Edwards message worked in NH and Obama's didn't.

    Iowa is a different story. Hillary tanked in Iowa and Edwards moved up.

    It looks to me like Edwards was the only one of the top three to move up significantly after the debates, but he didn't do well in South Carolina. Maybe his message has become too progressive for South Carolina.

  • FH loves DLC members. (S)he probably doesn't want or believe in single-payer but just tries to use it as a wedge issue. I say bullshit. FH was banned by popular demand from DKos for this kind of dishonest garbage.

  • comment on a post Supporting Edwards Perpetuates the Status Quo over 7 years ago

    For being a dishonest divisive destructive "concern troll".

  • There was a tremendous leftist push in the Depression years which led to the New deal and the ascendancy of organized labor. That push had it's roots in the years before WWI. Over and over through history you see the advance of progress, then reaction to it.

    The "60's was a multigenerational and multiracial period of social progress. "Hippies" were a small part of that period, but one that proved useful as a political wedge by reactionaries like Nixon and Reagan.

    Matt has fallen victim to old Republican talking points. They weren't true then and they aren't true now.

  • It was much more formative than WWII for the parents of the "'60's" generation. The Depression was the result of the utterly complete failure of conservative ideas. It showed the necessity of government protections against unbounded market forces, corruption and greed.

  • on a comment on Thank You over 7 years ago

    Um, no, actually farms were not usually single-family. I guess you didn't come from a farming family, or you might have a better idea of the level of work involved. That's why the north was able to reject slavery  before the south, because heavily industrialized area weren't dependant on the free labor that farming required.
      Actually, some of the multi-family dwellings of the post-war era are still considered idyllic. For the most part, it was later on- with complexes like Pruitt-Igoe-  that problems arose.
     I'm not trying to make pro-con points, though. My point is only that anyone trying to evaluate the politics of the time should look at somthing substantive on the matter.

    Books like "Bowling Alone", "The Rise of the Creativity Class" sell well because they start w. an easily understood thesis and apply it across an array of fields. They aspire to easy-to-grasp universal relevance, so they end up addressing virtually nothing w. any amount of depth. It's a Rush Limbaugh approach- grab an armful of stats, make sweeping conclusions,- and people will feel smart and informed and unchallenged.

  • comment on a post Thank You over 7 years ago

    It might sound totally off-topic, but I think as background you might want to look at a book like Gwendolyn Wright's "Building the War: A Social History of Housing." Single family housing was largely unheard of in this country until after WWII ( until then, the high end of the income spectrum had live-in servants. And the lower end  cohabited w. multi-generations out of economic necessity.)

    New mass-production building techniques and the FHA made single family housing a norm in an astonishingly short period of time. And a drastic and sudden a change in living environments is obviously going to have significant psycho-sociological reverberations. Modes of advertising and communication followed suit, of course.

  • on a comment on The Politics of Global Warming over 7 years ago

    Gore's plan is a radical departure from the old approaches.  Because the working poor and the lower middle classes pay most of their taxes as payroll taxes for Social Security and Medicare, the carbon tax substitution would not be regressive for people who work.  Fixed income seniors would get hit hard, however, and some offsets might be needed to pay for high heating fuel costs for the elderly and disabled.

    Gore has the international visibility that no one else has. It's pretty clear that Al Gore has been developing a global warming policy team, so I'm not sure what Matt is thinking we should do. I have the credentials to help if needed.


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