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Ready for Obama ready for right-wing attack machine?

A friend asked, "are you ready for obama 09"?

And I launched right into what I expect to see...

"the media is going to go into right-wing attack machine mode soon enough... i mean have people forgotten the Clinton years? You couldn't be more corporate and centrist and good for the rich
but he wasn't part of their oligarchy, and so was piled on constantly
Obama is a lot smarter and tougher, but also likely to be more progressive, and so alienate even larger and more entitled and angry sectors of those who believe they rule us
I hope he's ready for the living hell that's coming."

On not having the right to vote: felony disenfranchisement

More than two percent of otherwise eligible-to-vote citizens of the United States of America are denied the right to vote for felony convictions.

In total numbers and in the political tendencies of the disenfranchised, that's about the same as denying Jews the vote in the U.S.

in 1998 "an estimated 3.9 million U.S. citizens are disenfranchised, including over one million who have fully completed their sentences."

http://www.hrw.org/reports98/vote/usvot98o.htm

Shame on Nader voters in Missouri; California GBLTQIA get ready to fight for 2012

Now, I've voted for no chance candidates in every election, but I can't believe that more than 17,000 people in Missouri, virtually all white I am sure and who think of themselves as progressive, couldn't figure out how important it was this election be voting with their black brothers and sisters in the state, what one more state in the middle of the country means for a mandate? For shame.

Worth a recount, but there may not be enough uncounted and spoiled ballots in Kansas City and St. Louis to make up that deficit... though there very well might be.

On the bright side of Sarah Palin's call with a foreign leader

On the bright side of Sarah Palin's call with a foreign leader (of satire), during the entire seven minute call when she thought she was talking to the President of France, she did not declare war, threaten an invasion, or accuse him of anti-Americanism. I call that a refreshingly level head in the Republican Party.

Campaign season moratorium on old jokes

I wish I had been a little quicker to go on Internet record against apparent sexism in some coverage of Hilary Clinton, quite apart from my being thrilled she is not candidate for president anymore, and I hope this is both respectably early in John McCain's bid for the presidency, that it won't continue to be an issue, and that .

Love Me, I'm a Liberal:

Hi ______,

Just to try to give the angle at which I come at the liberal / conservative question...

China Most Favored Trading Nation Status compounded harmful NAFTA results

In comments to an article on Clinton's NAFTA position:

Alexa, on February 25th, 2008 at 12:19 am Said:

Proper response to UFO question: what Dennis Kucinich should have said

Proper response to the UFO question:

I'm glad you asked me that, Wolf, because it gives me a chance to ask: "What the hell is wrong with you?"

There's XX million people without health care, more than X million Iraqis have died due to the U.S. invasion,

it was sort of a cool experience. Twenty-five years ago.

Jeff Cohen on the failure of MoveOn, DailyKos to stop corporate Democrats

Hillary Rolls On: Are Netroots a Paper Tiger? - Jeff Cohen
http://community.freespeech.org/hillary_rolls_on_are_netroots_a_paper_ti...

His argument:

  1. The online activists in the Democratic Party don't like Hillary Clinton much (and they should really not like her: Cohen reminds the netroots of the disaster the corporatist policies Bill Clinton's presidency wrought on fair trade and progressive initiatives, and the likelihood of Hillary Clinton bringing more of the same).
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