Bill Clinton Played Hardball and Won, Obama Paid Ransom and America Lost

By |August 3rd, 2011|

"(Pres. Bill Clinton) beat the hell out of us first, for a year. He pummeled us for a year. ... He didn't roll over the second we walked in. ... Then he out-negotiated us for a year. He brought us to our knees." - Joe Scarborough Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news [...]

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Keith Olbermann: Incumbents’ Only Goals are Re-nomination, Re-Election, and the Pursuit of Hypocrisy

By |August 2nd, 2011|

Once Mr. Olbermann came to Current TV I made sure our house changed our cable subscription so I could view his show on Al Gore's network. He has not disappointed, especially last night. While Lawrence O'Donnell bloviated on MSNBC, more worried about trying to dig himself out of bankrupt political analysis he offered on the [...]

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Biden on Point, while Republicans Balk at ‘Professor Obama’s lectures’

By |August 2nd, 2011|

It always comes down to relationships and Pres. Obama just doesn't have them. Joe does. An interesting back story put together by Politico's Glenn Thrush, Carrie Budoff Brown, Manu Raju and John Breshnahan. [...] With the talks going nowhere Saturday morning, the White House made "our last play," according to a senior administration [...]

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Tea Party Politics is Crazy, But They Won

By |August 1st, 2011|

"The "hobbits" won." - Mark Thiessen This is what happens when the man in the White House doesn't have the leadership character for the job. As for all those analysts, including a lot of progressives and new media sites, who tried to stuff the Tea Party in the racist bin thinking that would be enough, [...]

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Republicans Fake Pres. Obama Out of his Shorts

By |August 1st, 2011|

For the deal itself, given the available information, is a disaster, and not just for President Obama and his party. [...] Make no mistake about it, what we're witnessing here is a catastrophe on multiple levels. It is, of course, a political catastrophe for Democrats, who just a few weeks ago seemed to have Republicans [...]

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Let’s Make a Mess

By |July 31st, 2011|

"I would say ... that symbolically, that agreement is moving us to the point where we are having the final interment of John Maynard Keynes," he said, referring to the British economist. "He normally died in 1946 but it appears we are going to put him to his final rest with this agreement." - Huffington [...]

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As Obama Grasps Austerity, the Rich Get Off and the Middle Class Pays

By |July 31st, 2011|

BREAKING: Reid bill fails in Senate. "Nothing is agreed to unless everything is agreed to." - Lawrence O'Donnell As deal rumors float above the swamp stench around Washington, based on McConnell's devious plan (I told you so), whether it's ABC or Major Garrett, the above O'Donnell quote is our foundation. That considered, from Garrett: [...]

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Buying Time for the White House, Reid Postpones Vote Until Sunday 1 pm

By |July 30th, 2011|

"Tell your henchman to stop saying nice things about me," McConnell, the Senate minority leader, told Reid earlier this week, according to people familiar with the conversation. "It hurts me." Even as he's sought to project immovable unity with House Speaker John Boehner, the prospects for an eleventh-hour deal rest largely on McConnell's shoulders. For [...]

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This is the Best We’ve Got?

By |July 30th, 2011|

But the man who has occupied the Oval Office since January, 2009 is… — a man seemingly without a compass, a tactician who veers rightward one day and leftward the next, an inside-the Beltway dealmaker who doesn’t explain his comprises in light of larger goals. … But instead of explaining this to the American people, he joins the GOP in making a fetish of reducing the budget deficit, and enters into a hair-raising game of chicken with House Republicans over whether the debt ceiling will be raised. […] – Robert Reich Sen. Majority Leader Reid, Sens. Schumer and Durbin came out to a smattering of press to excoriate Sen. Mitch McConnell employing a filibuster that will have the Senate voting at 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning on the latest disaster bill to come out of the debt ceiling debacle. Sen. Reid made an open plea for Republicans to join Democrats, so a catastrophe can be averted. […]

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Obama: Keep those phone calls, emails and tweets comin’ into Congress.

By |July 29th, 2011|

**UPDATED** As Speaker Boehner pitifully massages a House bill into further irrelevance, after failing to heard the Tea Party anarchists to vote on his raising the debt ceiling bill, humiliating his speakership. Pres. Obama has his own problems, after criticism began mounting that he's been reduced to the sidelines. In an effort to [...]

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