Advertising in Wisconsin Recalls Offer Broad Critique of Republican Ideology

By: Tuesday July 19, 2011 8:20 am

Chris Bowers is right that the Wisconsin recalls represent a progressive community “in the arena,” willing to fight the class war before it decimates the middle class. Even though the recalls were initiated over the issue of collective bargaining – a specific element of the class war – the bulk of the advertising that has [...]

Wisconsin: Walker Vulnerable to Recall, with 59% Disapproval Rating

By: Thursday July 14, 2011 12:51 pm

We’re in a four-week sprint to recall elections in Wisconsin, and it’s not entirely clear how it’ll all turnout, though Democrats seem to have at least a plausible chance of getting back the state Senate. The success or failure of the recalls will determine whether the Democratic-labor-progressive alliance decides to go after the big target [...]

Tom Perriello Picks Up the Anti-Corporate Mantle

By: Wednesday September 1, 2010 11:59 am

A week or so ago, observers arched their eyebrows at Tom Perriello’s statement in a town hall meeting that Tim Geithner should be fired. They shouldn’t have been too surprised – Perriello had said it before. And he went further this week, responding to the notion that he was “following” John Boehner’s lead: “Though he [...]

AR-Sen: In Radio Ad, Obama Praises Lincoln’s Populism

By: Wednesday May 5, 2010 8:18 am

The White House has shown a willingness to deploy Barack Obama in primary elections in a way that I don’t remember George Bush participating. Obama has cut radio ads for Arlen Specter. He made a robocall in the Hawaii special election asking voters to “support the Democrat” (an example of the bind that Democrats find [...]

Democrats Trolling for a Filibuster On Wall Street Reform

By: Monday April 26, 2010 8:10 am

You get the impression that Democrats would be perfectly pleased with a filibuster today from the Republicans on a financial reform bill. They have no problem creating the picture of a Republican Party in bed with Wall Street and protecting the banks. Most of that is even true. Public Citizen just released a report showing [...]

The President Asks Again for Wall Street’s Support

By: Thursday April 22, 2010 11:58 am

President Obama gave his big Wall Street reform speech today. It didn’t deviate a whole lot from the same speech he gave on this two years earlier, in New York City. The President again cited a failure of responsibility on Wall Street as what caused the crisis, and the need for strong reforms so we [...]

White House Health Proposal – The Politics

By: Monday February 22, 2010 8:02 am

So what to make of this new health care proposal from the White House? Well, certainly it’s an indication that they’ve built a plan to do two things – 1) move using the reconciliation sidecar approach and 2) force the Republicans into making bad choices. Most everything in the White House summary would be germane [...]

Kurt Andersen’s Paean To Elites

By: Friday February 12, 2010 1:52 pm

Get ready to read the most cloying, dismissive, self-indulgent article maybe in the history of the Internet. Amazingly, it’s not in Slate, but the premise ought to be familiar – Kurt Andersen, a proud anti-populist, says that the problem with democracy is all this darn democracy. So now we have a country absolutely teeming with [...]

Getting Real About Obama’s Bankster Comments

By: Thursday February 11, 2010 9:15 am

The White House went into major pushback mode on President Obama’s comments about bonuses and banking CEOs Lloyd Blankfein and Jamie Dimon yesterday. They offered the full context of the remarks and said that his line about “I, like most of the American people, don’t begrudge people success or wealth” was something he’s said many [...]

Rasmussen: Americans Favor Taxing The Banks

By: Tuesday January 26, 2010 1:51 pm

Rasmussen, typically a right-leaning polling outfit, finds wide support for the Obama Administration policy of a responsibility fee to recoup money lost in the TARP from the biggest banks and financial firms. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% of adults nationwide favor taxing the largest banks to recover the bailout money. [...]

Establishment Rally Around Bernanke Suggests Return To Bank-Friendly Policies Of The Recent Past

By: Monday January 25, 2010 8:28 am

The establishment rallied around Ben Bernanke over the weekend, with a number of Senators pledging support and the White House putting their credibility on the line in whipping up votes for his confirmation, despite just days earlier taking a strong stand against the kind of bank-friendly policies Bernanke has championed at the Federal Reserve. The [...]

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