Posted on Feb 24, 2017

Trump’s Failures Won’t Win Democrats More Votes

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"Rather than sweeping these uncomfortable truths under the rug, Democrats need to acknowledge that they are anything but innocent in a political history that set dangerous precedents and hurt regular people. None of this means excusing the same or expanded actions under a new President, or that honesty is moral equivalence. Their integrity is compromised, though, and moving forward requires change. So far, that message hasn’t gotten through."...

Posted on Nov 06, 2012

Internally, Democrats Extremely Confident Particularly in Ohio

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Bit of insidery information for our readers – I spoke to a friend late last night who is working closely with Obama’s campaign, and I was informed that internally, the Democrats are very confident of an Obama victory tonight, particularly in Ohio. Their own numbers (that always show a worst case scenario) are solidly for Obama, and bar extremely low voter turn out, a Romney victory in the rust...

Posted on Oct 19, 2012

Cornel West on Why he is Voting for Obama

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I feel pretty much the same way about choosing Obama over Romney this election. From Vice’s interview with the irrepressible Cornel West: We have to prevent a Romney takeover of the White House. No doubt about that. It would be very dangerous in terms of actual lives and actual deaths of the elderly and the poor. Those people who are dependent on various programs would have to deal with...

Posted on Oct 02, 2012

White Women Behind the Obama Bump

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It still makes me uncomfortable to write about politics in terms of ethnic, socio economic and gender based terms, but I guess that’s the reality of how campaigns are planned and executed. Having said that, maybe Obama’s recent bump in the polls from a demographic he has had trouble connecting with in the past is a signal that America, or at least parts of it, are not so easily...

Posted on Sep 19, 2012

The 47% Reaction

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The latest ad from the Obama camp: I hate taking these things seriously – political ads, particularly in America are incredibly obnoxious, misleading and damaging to the political process in my opinion – but this one is actually pretty honest. This isn’t to give the Obama camp credit for producing a moral video (they’ve certainly made their share of misleading nonsense), but to underscore the fact that they don’t...

Posted on Sep 07, 2012

Barack Obama Speech at Democratic Convention Live Blog

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11.03pm Ok, he’s getting passionate now and maybe the hopey changey thing is working better. He’s fiercely defending the philosophy behind liberalism and the notion that we are ‘in it together’, and this is no bad thing. It’s a bit flowery, but this is in stark contrast to the Democrat’s usual tactic of apologizing for their beliefs. Overall, and effective speech that should play well with voters and get...

Posted on Jul 30, 2012

Debate on Deficit Shows Just How Far to the Right America has Gone

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James Kwak laments the ever rightwards shifting debate on economics in America: The fact that Simpson-Bowles—which uses its mandate of deficit reduction to call for . . . lower tax rates?—has become widely perceived as a centrist starting-point for discussion is clear evidence of how far to the right the inside-the-Beltway discourse has shifted, both over time and relative to the preferences of the population as a whole. What’s...

Posted on Jun 01, 2012

The Daily Banter Mail Bag!!: Filibusters, Roast Pork and Fisticuffs!!

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Welcome to this weeks edition of The Daily Banter Mail Bag, where Bob, Ben and Chez answer readers questions! Today, we discuss filibusters, good recipes for roast pork, Bush vs Obama on spending, and which politicians we’d like to see have a good old fashioned scrap. The questions: I volunteered to help the Democrats pass Obamacare as well as the slowly-disintegrating Dodd-Frank Act, and I don’t regret my involvement....

Posted on May 15, 2012

California Gov. Jerry Brown Calls For Extreme Austerity

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California Gov. Jerry Brown called on state lawmakers to embrace austere cuts and urged voters to approve tax hikes in outlining a revised budget Monday. Brown proposed $8.3 billion in cuts across education, health care and welfare programs in laying out a plan to address the state’s $15.7 billion shortfall, an amount equal to 17 percent of the state’s discretionary fund. He warned that additional cuts are ahead if...

Posted on Apr 17, 2012

Republicans Block Obama’s ‘Buffett Rule’

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Senate Republicans defied President Barack Obama on one of his top election-year issues on Monday, derailing a Democratic bill forcing the top US earners to pay at least 30% of their income in taxes. The vote came the day before Americans’ annual taxes are due. The 51-45 count along party lines was designed more to win over voters and embarrass senators in close races this election year than to...