Nicole Wallace's Desperate Spinning in 2008

Tonight HBO is airing the movie Game Change, which is based on the book with the same name and tells the story of Sarah Palin’s selection as John McCain’s 2008 running mate in his campaign for president. Spoiler alert, at the film’s conclusion,  [Read more...]

Happy Times

The Obama campaign commemorates 5 years since Obama announced for president. It’s political propaganda, of course, but boy is it some slick, professional, cutting edge advertising. And the consistency in tone with the ’08 campaign shows a remarkable feel for continuity of “branding”: So does this mean that the 2012 Obama campaign will be going, [Read More...]

Thoughts and Questions About Obama

Before Obama, America had not elected as president a legislator, either a congressperson or a senator, for decades. We have consistently preferred governors, vice presidents, and generals. Now in electing Obama we have a legislator, law professor, and grass roots organizer. We have someone whose skills are building consensus, managing intricate relationships with allies and enemies, [Read More...]

Campaign Promises, Democracy, And What Fair Warning Requires

Andrew Sullivan points out and documents that even though Governor Scott Walker campaigned on the promise to cut public sector salaries, as he claims, and has an arguable democratic mandate therefore to propose some of the cuts he has (and which unions have conceded to), he did not during the campaign advocate ending unions’ collective [Read More...]

Chris Rock On Obama-Era Hatred: Racism’s One Last Temper Tantrum Before It Goes To Sleep

From an Esquire interview online now: SR: Like many nice Caucasians, I cried the night Barack Obama was elected. It was one of the high points in American history. And all that’s happened since the election is just a shitstorm of hatred. You want to weigh in on that? CR: I actually like it, in [Read More...]

Hitchens Brings The Most Eloquent Takedown Of The Tea Party Ever

Every time I see him speak of late, he only becomes better. It’s almost like the cancer only makes him stronger: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Real America

Back in 2008, The Daily Show explored “real America” so those of us who don’t live there could learn from it. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c <td style='padding:2px 1px 0px 5px;' colspan='2'Understanding Real America in Wasilla www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party Your Thoughts? [Read more...]