Blue Dogs, Time to read and honor your oath of office. Time to reject fear itself, reject enormous MIC spending, needless war and torture. Honor our constitutionally guaranteed liberties by rejecting the surveillance state, mired in to much secrecy. And for Pete’s sake, drop the self defeating Pay Go meme.
|By: Eureka Springs Friday October 31, 2008 10:00 pm|
|By: Teddy Partridge Friday October 31, 2008 9:00 pm|
Huge Mormon contributions to Prop 8 notwithstanding, one of the Bay Area’s most prominent Mormons and a Bay Area sports hero has “Vote NO on Prop 8″ signs in the windows at his Palo Alto home, and has even incorporated “No on 8″ messages into the family’s Halloween yard decorations.
|By: Julia Friday October 31, 2008 8:00 pm|
Norm Coleman is running some desperate ads against Al Franken in Minnesota (I guess he gets nervous when his opponent is alive). Things are getting strange in Minnesota.
|By: bmaz Friday October 31, 2008 7:00 pm|
Put a fork in ‘em. John Sidney McCain III and the Republican Grand Old Party have nothing left in the tank except for tired platitudes, creaky rhetoric, moldy and discredited policies, racism and anger.
Just four years ago, the right wing GOP was full of hubris and was bellowing of their dominion over American politics, their coming permanent majority, and discussing on what nominal terms they should allow the Democratic party to even exist at all in the future. Now they are nothing but a freak show of carnival barkers, sideshow clowns and carny hangers on like “Joe the Plumber”.
|By: Eli Friday October 31, 2008 5:40 pm|
By transforming Obama into Karl Marx, the Republicans have transformed his mandate into a socialist mandate, or at least a progressive one. If he wins big, it means scare words like “socialist” and “liberal” have lost their stigma. It means Americans want better healthcare, education, regulation, and infrastructure, and that they would rather “spread the wealth” than consolidate it. It means America is a progressive nation, not a center-right one.
|By: Ian Welsh Friday October 31, 2008 5:08 pm|
I used to be a conservative. Mind you, a Canadian conservative of the “red Tory” variety, which is to say financially conservative, reasonably liberal on social policy. But gay rights just weren’t something I ever thought about. Completely beyond my purview. If I knew any gays, I didn’t know I knew them, though in retrospect a couple of my favorite teachers in high school were almost certainly gay.
|By: Ian Welsh Friday October 31, 2008 4:10 pm|
Seriously, I grant that Barney’s right that banks “ought” to use the money for lending, in the sense that that’s the entire reason for the bailout: that banks weren’t lending.
But, he’s absolutely wrong when he says “Any use of the these funds for any purpose other than lending — for bonuses, for severance pay, for dividends, for acquisitions of other institutions, etc. — is a violation of the terms of the act”.
|By: Swopa Friday October 31, 2008 3:10 pm|
You have to give Liddy Dole credit for being a team player. As she prepares to lose her Senate seat next Tuesday, she’s bravely sacrificing herself to make John McCain look like he’s running a clean and respectful campaign by comparison.
|By: Spencer Ackerman Friday October 31, 2008 2:35 pm|
So I can’t honestly say I’ve never been prouder to cast a ballot in my life, and I can’t honestly say I’ve never wanted an election to go my way more than I do now, and I can’t honestly say I feel like the stakes have never been higher. But I know that right now, if we throw everything we have into what we know is right, we will force the long arc of the universe to bend more sharply toward justice. And that never stops being our utmost obligation.
|By: Lisa Derrick Friday October 31, 2008 1:00 pm|
Live interview with John Cusack