President/Administration

In Race to White House, Dems are Outspent 10-to-1

Aug
05

bag_of_money.png Actually the title reads, "Romney Allies Outspend Obama 2-1 This Week".

Just '2-1'? Naturally that's where the Democrat currently is enjoying the benefits of incumbency. What happens when this isn't the case, say in 2016, and the floodgates really do open? 10-to-1 may be 'low-balling' the advantage.

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The Clinton Legacy

Feb
20

PBS has a documentary discussing the Clinton legacy (see Tapped post).

Ultimately you have to ask, what got accomplished? The incumbent from one party leads the country in one direction while the incumbent from the other party, thanks to his accomplishments, leads it back. The problem with Clinton is, it's hard to identify anything he accomplished that wouldn't have been done by a moderate Republican. The pendulum, so to speak, didn't swing back -- it just kind of got stuck.

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Tribune Goes All Greek on Obama Budget

Feb
14

The Chicago Tribune Editorial Board goes all Greek on Obama's proposed budget, not bothering to mention that we still are in a deflated economy with millions of unemployed. They even single out (not surprisingly) probably the only benefit going to all working people, namely the couple of bucks coming from the payroll tax cut. For them it's all about debt. But what would you expect from a group of dandies gone bankrupt?

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Obama Goes Super PAC

Feb
07

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

Jan
26

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

Aug
23

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'

May
20

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...

Feb
18

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

[h/t ThinkProgress]

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