Dewey Beats Truman, again –Wrong predictions on health care


DEWEY BEATS TRUMAN, AGAIN! 2012 wrong predictions on health care “Surely, as there are mountebanks for the natural body, so are there mountebanks for the politic body; men that undertake great cures, and perhaps have been lucky, in two or three experiments, but want the grounds of science, and therefore cannot hold out. . . So […]

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The more things don’t change: Prufrockian candidates for a played-out Wall Street-owned GOP


The more things don’t change Recycling old political talent is the special province of Wall Street defenders and apologists, and we’ve been seeing a lot of it since November 2008. In fact, most of the smarmiest and most uncouth attacks on the president have come from recycled consultants, money men and white-collar goon squads whom […]

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Ad wars in Florida not just money, ads


Ad wars in Florida not just money, ads  They couldn’t work without an element of verite. Talking Points Memo runs this piece on Florida today, reporting that Romney forces are outspending Gingrich forces there five-to-one. “The Dems think these figures suggest something else: that it’s not Romney who’s winning votes in Florida, but the size […]

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Revisiting the 2004 election, part 7: Florida


2004 election revisited, part 7: Florida further Following up previous posts President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night demonstrated again the greater quality of this president over the loon rhetoric coming from our current GOP debates. The quality gap is huge, and growing larger. As written before, the guys coming out of the […]

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“An avowed Muslim . . . get him out of our government”


More lying in Republican circles in Florida, and some of it probably naive. Woman in Rick Santorum’s audience just said the president is “an avowed Muslim.” Her question: “why isn’t anything being done to get him out of our government?” N.b. the MSNBC caption missed/omitted the “our” part. Santorum, a senator, did not correct her. […]

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2004 Election revisited, part 5: DC games versus democratizing the vote


2004 Election revisited, part 5: DC games versus the grassroots The presidential election cycle suffered an odd interlude in winter 2004. Few people remember now, and this kind of topic is not usually revived on cable or network talk shows, but what happened derailed or destroyed the most promising grassroots activity on the Democratic side. […]

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There Was Never Going to Be ‘Bipartisanship’


There Was Never Going to Be ‘Bipartisanship’   President Obama is receiving credit, rightly, for being considerably more polite and decent to his strident opponents—neocon media personalities, the GOP in Congress, former Republican candidates for office—than George W. Bush and his cohorts ever were to Democrats. He didn’t even wear garlic, going to dine with […]

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