Progressives Mobilize to Save Obama, Democratic Party

Clockwise from top: Nancy Pelosi, Jed Lewison, Howard Dean and Jane Hamsher.

Republicans thought the “just say no” strategy that killed the Clinton plan would also work in 2009. But they forgot that this strategy now lacks the element of surprise, and that the Internet now prevents the corporate media from entirely controlling the debate.

The Naked Truth: Big Government vs. Big Business

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On the presidential campaign trail, Christina Chavez reminded us that her father, Cesar Chavez, once said that we don’t need perfect government but perfect participation. Criticism comes easy to those who have been long disappointed but hope lives on imagination, perseverance, and initiative.

Fascism: Are We There Yet?

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It is up to us to defend and improve our democracy more effectively than the Germans of 80 years ago. This implies not only vigilance and willingness to do political battle, but as important, a willingness to acknowledge and respond to the real concerns of honest conservatives who might otherwise be seduced by Rush Limbaugh and his colleagues.

Obama Did Not “Punk” the Common Guy

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Obama is using every political chit to secure health coverage for 47 million “common “ Americans, strongly endorsing the public option that other Democrats and the Republican Party are seeking to kill.

How Ted Kennedy Countered Town Hall Goon Squads

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Democratic politicians facing town hall disruptions should seek the help of their working-class supporters. Make sure large numbers of people from the local unions come to these events. Then we’ll see if the Tea Bagger thugs can continue their bullying tactics on behalf of corporations seeking to block progress on health care.

FBI Attempts to Block Edmonds Testimony in Ohio Election Case; Attorneys Say Effort Insufficient to Stop Her

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Whistleblower org says FBI/DoJ attempting ‘censorship’, trying to ‘silence whistleblower’ answering ‘lawful subpoena’

Texas Now in Play? Is That a Typo?!?

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That means eight new Red states, including Texas(!) are solidly in play. Texas, the home of George W. Bush and, until now, as Red a Red State as they come, at 42% Democrat and 40% Republican is too close to call. When the Republican Party loses Texas that is their tipping point.

“Cash for Clunkers” Exposes Media’s Anti-Government Bias

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If anyone seeks further evidence of the traditional media’s profound anti-government bias, consider its response to the enormously popular “Cash for Clunkers” program.

Bowling, Basketball, BCS, Baseball, and Birdies: Obama’s Use of Sport to Connect

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For the sheer frequency of sports appearances, pronouncements, and use however, Obama has set a pace that is beyond anything his predecessors did in office.

UPDATE 5: “I Love Alaska So Much I Quit”

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Sadly for the country, compadres of this group run amok in the nation, blocking health care reform, trying to stop card check, fighting financial industry regulation and taking stimulus money for their state in one hand while slamming it with the other. The GOP once was the Grand Old Party; now, sadly, the initials stand for Goofy Old Poops.

Obama at Six Months

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And, while a president’s standing after his first six months in office doesn’t forecast whether he’ll have a successful four-year term, but it does signal how much political juice he’ll have for his second six months in office.

The Republican Empathy for Corruption

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Senator Jeff Sessions was once nominated to be a judge. He expressed his own brand of empathy tempered by toughness when he said that although he liked the Ku Klux Klan, he turned against any Klansman who smoked marijuana.

Ten Totally Weird Days on the Far Right

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Senate Republicans confirmed they have an odd, almost sexual, obsession with “wise Latina women” that borders on a fetish.

President Obama’s Politics of Dignity

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President Obama knows that solutions won’t arise out of politics as usual. His personification of dignitarian politics resonates not only with Americans but around the world.

Forget “Greenest City in America,” LA’s the “Meanest”

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For all the talk and political pandering about the homeless problem no matter what it costs, LA is officially the “meanest city in America,” the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (NLCHP) and the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH).

Maddow Exposes C Street

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Whatever else Washington, D.C. stands for, it certainly stands as the center for mixing sex, religion, and politics. Whether it’s brothels, hustlers, men’s rooms, escorts, mistresses, or interns, it seems there is an unending supply of politicians willing to give the mix a vigorous stir.

Message to Obama: We Need a New Deal

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One of the striking aspects of the job stats so far this year is the number of out-of-work college graduates. It keeps on growing.

Activists Rallying to Ensure Obama Administration Brings Change

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Why are the usual barriers to progressive change falling? Because, as in the 1930’s, we have grassroots movements who are pushing a sympathetic President to the left.

UPDATE 4: Goofy Sarah Blames Reporters So She Invites Them To A Fishkill

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Did any of the media really expect Palin would suddenly turn all serious and thoughtful and coherent, giving answers that both made sense and were introspective?

Super Spy Fly On The Wall Report

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The NSA has developed incredibly complex and sensitive intelligence gathering methods and instruments, none more fantastic then the bio-genetically engineered hybrid Super Spy Fly on the Wall, Musca investigatus.

Is Sarah Palin a Quitter?

While fishing in Alaska, Sarah Palin answers accusations that she is a quitter. Palin says running for president is not off the table.

Why Jimmy Carter’s Malaise Speech Is More Relevant than Ever

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In 1979, President Carter jolted Americans with his so-called “malaise” speech. Contrary to most recollections, the speech received a positive response and, according to historian Kevin Mattson, remains timely.

Shannyn Moore to Sarah Palin: Sue Me! Please!

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Threatened by litigation from Palin camp, AK bloggers close ranks, scoff at intimidation effort by cutting-and-running Governor…

Love, Political Style

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If I hear one more apology from a politician caught humping like a dog in a cornfield with some beguiling pretty while his wife was home I’m going to be sick.

UPDATE 3: Goofy Sarah’s Goofy Money Problems

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This morning’s New York Times which reports today that Governor Sarah Palin resigned because of the rising cost of her mounting personal legal bills

UPDATE 2: Goofy Sarah Stomps Her Feet And Holds Her Breath

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In addition to learning few lessons about national politics last fall, neither, apparently did she learn a real world, life lesson: Never pick a fight with anyone who buys newsprint by the ton

More on Palin: Embezzlement Indictments Said Coming

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FURTHER UPDATE: Okay, I’ve now been able to get independent information from multiple sources that all of this precedes what are said to be possible federal indictments against Palin, concerning an embezzlement scandal related to the building of Palin’s house and the Wasilla Sports Complex built during her tenure. Both structures, it is said, feature [...]

Breaking News: Goofy Sarah’s Goofy Resignation

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“People who know me know that besides faith and family, nothing’s more important to me than our beloved Alaska. Serving her people is the greatest honor I could imagine.” In fact, Palin loves Alaska and the honor of serving its people so much that she told relieved Alaskan Republicans Friday afternoon that she is resigning, [...]

Is Barack Obama’s Realism Better than George W. Bush’s Idealism?

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Barack Obama’s reaction to the mass protests and violence in Iran shows he is following through on his pledge to be more like George H.W. Bush rather than his son, George W. Bush. Obama has admired the father’s realism and has criticized the idealistic neo-conservatism of the son. But is realism a better foreign policy [...]

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