Thank You, Justice Scalia

Feb
13

A lot of us -- at least those of us paying attention -- knew that the coming election would have incredible consequences regarding the Supreme Court and that because of this it really wouldn't matter who ultimately the Democratic candidate was. There also seemed to be a certain enthusiasm deficit among Dems which was only natural seeing as though our guy has been in office for the past 2 terms. The GOPers didn't need firing up. And we did -- especially with so much, again particularly the Supreme Court, at stake.

This perspective has now been given an incredible, almost meteoric boost thanks to the abrupt departure of Anthony Scalia from this worldly life.

So, thank you, Justice Scalia, thank you for this final service to your country!

Media Follow-up:

Paul Waldman: "Everyone now understands that the Supreme Court may be the most important issue in this election (which I’ve been arguing for some time), not only because of this vacancy but because of the advanced age of so many of the justices."

UPDATE (2/18): This guy begs to differ...

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FlintWaterStudy.org

Feb
06

Incredible blog by the Virginia Tech Research Team ("a key player in exposing the lead contamination of Flint’s drinking water" [source]) going back to August of last year. Going all the way back to August of last year, the blog documents the various stages along the way of this incredible scandal.

As explained in another article:

"...[S]tepped up testing in Flint only came after city and and state officials spent months telling residents their water was safe and met all quality standards, using the city's arbitrary testing to support their position." [source]

See also,

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The Legacy of Mondale and Dukakis

Jan
31

David Ormsby :

At this point, Clinton, despite being from Illinois, is generating nowhere near Obama-level of enthusiasm.

Let's hope things change.

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Words He Will Regret

Jan
08

Oh, oh! Speaker of the House Paul Ryan reacting to Obama's veto of the GOPer bill to repeal Obamacare (link):

“We have shown now that there is a clear path to repealing Obamacare without 60 votes in the Senate. So, next year, if we’re sending this bill to a Republican president, it will get signed into law,” Ryan continued.

Yeah, that's a real incentive to vote for a "Republican president". I wouldn't be surprised if the DNC had it already in a 30-second spot in preparation for next year.

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Campaign Self-Destruct

Dec
28

I'm with BooMan and Paul Campos in my reaction to "Datagate". Like many, I'm pretty much on the fence as far as primary candidate is concerned. For that reason, I pretty much agree with this comment by Melissa McEwan in reaction to the lawsuit by the Sanders Campaign against the DNC:

Wow. I really don't think that's a good strategy. It will play well with a lot of folks who are already Sanders supporters for sure, but, for people who are still on the fence, and who are looking at the details of this thing and assessing what it says about Sanders campaign and leadership style, I don't think that approach will be well received.

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CMA-CGM Benjamin Franklin

Dec
25

Wonderful. 3 1/2 football fields worth of Chinese imports. Meanwhile in America's former centers of manufacturing: tumbleweed.

(One of three about to be unleashed.)

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Hard Times Are Bad for Democracies

Dec
13

Krugman:

I would put it a bit differently: financial crises call into question whether respectable people know what they’re doing, in a way that other kinds of economic shocks often don’t.

The point for Europe is that the doctrinaire policies followed since 2010, and the unwillingness to rethink dogma in the light of experience, aren’t just economically destructive. They undermine the legitimacy of the whole European system, and may in the end lead to political catastrophe.

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It's All About the Turnout

Nov
04

So the results are in and it looks like the Dems have once again done badly in an off-year election. Some go so far as to say that with such results the Dems are "in crisis".

I haven't looked carefully at the results -- has anyone yet? -- but I get the feeling just like last year's lost for Gov. Quinn, that victory wasn't due so much to an increase in number of the other side so much as a decrease in participation by the Dems.

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Ready for Hillary

Oct
26

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I guess the question regarding Hillary is whether she'll generate the kind of enthusiasm that will get people to the polls to vote for her. "Ready for Hillary" just isn't good enough. "Fired Up for Hillary" is what's needed.

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