Howard Dean Says Obama May Drive Him Out Of The Democratic Party

By: Friday April 19, 2013 11:11 am

Obama’s recent budget proposing cuts to Social Security and Medicare while restoring military spending is not going over well with the former Chairman of the Democratic Party. Howard Dean is so outraged by Obama’s assault on the middle class he is threatening to leave the party he once led. Dean doubled down on his threat [...]

Netroots Nation Day 1: Random Thoughts

By: Friday June 17, 2011 8:49 am

MINNEAPOLIS – It’s sometimes difficult to give a snap impression of Netroots Nation, the sprawling, three-day conference that this year brought 2,500 people to Minneapolis, making it the largest event they’ve ever thrown. The thing happens at warp speed, and I’m in and out of so many meetings and events that it’s hard to give [...]

Howard Dean Turns Against Afghan War

By: Wednesday April 20, 2011 7:25 am

Back in 2004, when Howard Dean was running for President on an antiwar platform, while he railed against the war in Iraq he didn’t have a whole lot to say about the one in Afghanistan. That was the “good war” at that time. As recently as September 2009, Dean was solidly behind Afghanistan and even [...]

More Talk of Severe Budget Cuts to Follow Tax Cut Deal

By: Monday December 13, 2010 1:18 pm

The very long cloture vote is happening right now in the Senate on the motion to proceed to the tax cut bill. Because some Senators have had issues getting to Washington, particularly from the snowed-in Midwest, the vote will be held open a while. By 4pmET, the vote was 58-6 in favor, so the outcome [...]

Dean Agrees With Feingold: Obama Responsible For Loss Of Public Option

By: Monday December 21, 2009 11:20 am

Russ Feingold made a fairly dramatic claim in a statement yesterday – he said that the President was essentially responsible for the loss of the public option: I’ve been fighting all year for a strong public option to compete with the insurance industry and bring health care spending down. I continued that fight during recent [...]

Dean, Hacker Saying Same Thing With Different Approaches

By: Monday December 21, 2009 8:02 am

Howard Dean and Jacob Hacker, if you read the top-line reports, have been on the opposite sides of the reform debate which has exploded this week. Dean has marshaled opposition to the Senate health care bill, while Hacker gave his assent. If you actually read their statements or listen to their speeches, however, they’re actually [...]

Top Obama Political Aides Alternately Insult, Rally Liberal Base

By: Friday December 18, 2009 7:15 am

David Axelrod and Nancy-Ann DeParle led a conference call with liberal bloggers last night. To my knowledge, nobody at FDL was informed of the call – I guess we’ve been “frozen out” – but there’s an audio recording of it available at C&L. There are a lot of interesting claims in the call, but there [...]

Absolutism And Constructiveness In The Health Care Debate

By: Thursday December 17, 2009 2:08 pm

A lot of liberals, including many at this website, are taking a tremendous amount of heat for their opposition to the bill moving through the Senate. In particular, Howard Dean is being vivisected for his opposition, called “deranged” and “irrational” and “psychotic” by those favorably disposed to the bill, including the White House. On the [...]

SEIU’s Stern: Pass The Bill Out Of Senate, Fix It In Conference

By: Thursday December 17, 2009 11:37 am

The Hill had a story today about how some liberals and labor groups were easing their threat to “kill the bill.” That is perhaps best exemplified by Andy Stern, who followed up his open letter to members with a conference call just now. In it, he sharply criticized several aspects of the Senate health care [...]

White House Finally Decides To Get Tough On A Health Care Opponent

By: Wednesday December 16, 2009 11:36 am

After months of a general hands-off approach in public to members of the Democratic Party who have grumbled and griped about health care reform, the Obama Administration has finally lashed out at one of its own party members for attempting to block the bill. Not Joe Lieberman, who held up the bill for weeks on [...]

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