The Party Line – August 12, 2011: Obama, Drew Westen, and Me

By: Friday August 12, 2011 3:22 pm

Because of that failure to finger, and a striking lack of proactive ideas in general, Obama’s Monday White House matinee served up a nothing-burger deluxe—not at all rare these days, I’m afraid, and also not well done. He wasn’t selling the steak, he wasn’t selling the sizzle, and he wasn’t telling a very good story in structural terms, either.

But the president very much needs to tell a story—to construct a narrative—because he very much needs to sell something: himself.


FDL Welcomes Drew Westen: Leadership, Obama Style, and the Looming Losses in 2010

By: Wednesday January 6, 2010 9:00 am

Just before Christmas, on December 20, 2009, Dr. Drew Westen posted a lengthy article at Huffington Post entitled Leadership, Obama Style, and the Looming Losses in 2010: Pretty Speeches, Compromised Values, and the Quest for the Lowest Common Denominator. Dr. Westen’s piece caused quite a stir in both the blogosphere and more traditional media, and [...]

Dean Agrees with Feingold: Obama Responsible for Loss of Public Option

By: Monday December 21, 2009 2:30 pm

Today on MSNBC, Howard Dean was asked if he agreed with Feingold’s statement that the Obama Administration bore responsibility for the public option’s removal. He was unequivocal. “Yes” was his one-word answer.

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