Posted on Jun 28, 2013

It’s Just the Man Keeping Us (Democrats) Down

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This week saw some great things and some that were not so great.  While I applaud the Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), it bothers me a lot that they also gutted the Voting Rights Act (VRA).  And I don’t know how Paula Deen fits into this but she does. Paul Deen.  The beloved southern chef was best known for putting as much butter as possible into everything she cooks but now she...

Posted on Mar 22, 2013

The Media Finds the ONE Stone They Failed to Uncover in 2012

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After what seemed like a decade of 24/7 coverage of the Republican 2012 primary process, news has come out that there are still untold stories.  Apparently, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum negotiated to team up against Mitt Romney.  Ok, this doesn’t sound like a one meeting kind of thing.  It sounds like something that happened over a much longer period of time and something the political press, who are supposed to be “experts” would have...

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

The Republicans Are Winning This Round

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The Republicans have the upper hand in dealing with the sequester. If 2012 had not happened and their ability to be as incompetent as Democrats not been so clear (or if I were a fan of conspiracy theories, which I am NOT), I might think they planned this.  They lost the first few rounds of this tit for tat with the White House on the budget to win when they wanted to.  And...

Posted on Feb 16, 2013

Of Matters of War and Peace, Part Two: The Sec Def & the Draft

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Elections have consequences, Chuck Hagel deserves an up or down vote on his nomination. Republicans in the Senate have never been thrilled by President Obama’s decision to nominate former Senator Chuck Hagel as his new Secretary of Defense.  Their reasons have varied from his finances, to wanting information on the September 11th attack in Benghazi — when he had no role in the government, to just not liking him.  At least Senator John McCain (R-AZ), a former good friend to Hagel,...

Posted on Feb 04, 2013

We’re Off to See the Wizard!

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The Wizard of Oz was written during a time of political turmoil.  You know how politicians are always saying “This is the most important election EVER!”  I would seriously pay money to hear one say, “You know, not much is going on right now.  This election is just moderately important.  Actually, it’s downright insignificant.  Vote, don’t vote.  Whatever.” So despite being considered a child’s story, it has a lot...

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

The Daily Banter Weekly Wrap-up

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In case you missed it here’s what we covered at The Daily Banter this week. Ben Cohen urged an end to the ridiculous War on Christmas. He also detailed how to prove a libertarian wrong, he asked the president to do what voters asked him to do, and he covered the dangerous effects of marijuana usage. I wondered why Mark Halperin gets to write the final draft of electoral...

Posted on Dec 13, 2012

Mark Halperin ‘Doubles Down’ on ‘Game Change’

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I don’t care how much fun it was to read the harrowing tales of various Sarah Palin meltdowns in Mark Halperin’s Game Change, there’s just something intellectually violent about Halperin basically owning the printed record of the 2008 election and subsequently turning it into a successful HBO movie, thus congealing his wrongness as actual history. Mark Halperin, arguably the most cartoonish and inaccurate hack in political reporting, somehow called...

Posted on Dec 11, 2012

How the Mainstream Press Bungled the Single Biggest Story of the 2012 Campaign

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The Daily Banter Headline Grab. From Huff Post: According to longtime political observers Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein, campaign coverage in 2012 was a particularly calamitous failure, almost entirely missing the single biggest story of the race: Namely, the radical right-wing, off-the-rails lurch of the Republican Party, both in terms of its agenda and its relationship to the truth. Mann and Ornstein are two longtime centrist Washington fixtures who...