Does anyone, including President Obama, have any idea what he wants to accomplish in his second term?
- Revisionist history zone;
- Ignoble moments in Dubya History;
- And don’t let the doorknob hit you in the ass on your way out.
It is, of course, easy to joke about Dubya. Hard for me to join in the laughter, however; between a war based on lies in Iraq, screwing up the war in Afghanistan and damn near destroying the Constitution and the American economy, I can’t really work up a chuckle. About the only good thing you can say for him is that he has made the Republican brand so unbelievably toxic that he may have condemned them to perpetual minority status. You can’t really evaluate a president until he’s been out of office awhile, at least ten years in my estimation. My guess, though, is that in the end Dubya will give that old bastard Nixon a run for his money as the worst president in history.
Why is it that NONE of the big tough-guy he-man Conservatives currently clutching their pearls and taking to the fainting couch over the very idea that Tsarnaev might be afforded his rights as a US citizen ever once suggested military tribunals or water-boarding for Timothy McVeigh or Scott Roeder? Hmmm, what could possibly be the difference?
Joan Walsh makes a good point. Progressives are poorly served by rhetoric that alienates working-class whites.
Noted scientist and science fiction author David Brin on the danger gerrymandering poses to the democratic health of the republic. A very good read, shared with me in response to this depressing article on Think Progress.
“My ancestors and my people were the inhabitants of this great country from 1492. I mean by that from the time the white man first came to this country until now. It was my home and the home of my people from time immemorial and is today, I think, the home of my people. Away back in that time—in 1492—there was man by the name of Columbus came from across the great ocean [Atlantic] and he discovered this country for the white man—this country which was at that time the home of my people. What did he find when he first arrived here? Did he find a white man standing on this continent then or did he find a black man standing here? Did he find either a black man or a white man standing on this continent? I stood here first and Columbus first discovered me.”
–Chitto Harjo (Crazy Snake), Muskogee Creek
Yes, Harry Reid (the most useless majority leader of either party in modern history) needs to grow a pair but it hasn’t happened in five years so why would anyone think its going to happen now?
Wyoming Republicans vote DOWN abortion restrictions that would have required doctors to lie to their patients.
Old Dominion Republicans make it crystal clear that the only real purpose of “Voter ID” Laws is to make it harder for Democrats to vote. Appreciate them abandoning the asinine pretext.