Obama Goes Super PAC


A ton of news organizations including TPM are reporting that the Obama Campaign is supporting the (I'm assuming) Dem-friendly Super PAC, "Priorities USA"

This ought to work for Obama. He's got the advantage of being an incumbent. But after him, I just don't see how a Democrat, even one who's only mildly progressive, will ever get elected if Citizens United is allowed to stand.

The corruption of big money will overwhelm all other voices.

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Thoughts on the SOTU


Ezra Klein complains that he didn't get enough "policy specifics" from Obama's State of the Union speech.

I find such expectations strange. From where I stood, the speech was 100% teflon. The rightwingers can't touch it and everyone else will like what they hear.

Borderline brilliant.

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Bob Schieffer (CBS): Internet Makes People Think Obama is a Muslim


People think Obama is a muslim? Bob Schieffer tells us on Face the Nation that it's not the GOPers but teh Internets to blame -- because it's the "only news delivery system we've ever had that has no editor."

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Barack Obama: 'I Feel Lucky'


Jonathan Chait quotes a TNR account of Obama choosing to go all out on health care reform rather than piecemeal as recommended by Emanuel and Biden, among others:

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Not Only Does He Use a Teleprompter...


But he thinks as well. (Yeah, I know, scary stuff.)

[h/t ThinkProgress]

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SOTU with the Niles Township Democratic Meetup


I had a great time watching the SOTU with old friends from the Niles Township Democratic Meetup. Leah called us all together and it was great seeing people, some of whom I hadn't seen for way too long. We all left re-inspired and energized by Obama's words.

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Obama Got the Prize But We Deserve the Credit


Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize but it's the American people who deserve the credit.

After the horrors of the Bush Administration in everything from Rule of Law to Rule of Science, it was the American people who put Obama into office. This was an illustration, as if we needed it, of how strong democracies are in a sense self-correcting.

I think the Prize is as much an expression of relief as an acknowledgment of our yankee democratic process.

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Petitions for the Public Option


Progressive Change Committee Petition:

Petition text: "We worked so hard for real change. President Obama, please demand a strong public health insurance option in your speech to Congress. Letting the insurance companies win would not be change we can believe in."

Sign the petition here...

MoveOn Petition:

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