Drop Fox- Game On!

One of the biggest problems Democrats has faced during the past two years has been their lack of messaging skills. Making it more difficult is the mighty megaphone of the Republican party -- their propaganda arm that calls itself a News organization.  The fact is that "Fox News" is actually a fake news channel.  As they're a cable channel, they're not regulated by the FCC, and there are no consequences for Making Shit Up®. Unfortunately, the relatively small number of people who watch their fabricated facts® don't understand that their only source for "news" is most definitely NOT NEWS. Enter [...]

To Cave or Not To Cave

That's the question about what the Dems will do today. Or more accurately, how deep down into the cave they'll go.  Why is it always the Democrats who give in, and never the Republicans? One of my first stops this morning was to Greg Sargent's Morning Plum, where he told me not to get my hopes up... Deal takes shape on Bush tax cuts: The President is privately signaling that he will agree to a temporary extension of all the tax cuts, but only if the GOP agrees to extend unemployment benefits.GOP leaders appear willing to agree. At this point [...]

GOP Lacks Compassion Gene

That's the only way I can rationalize the way the 21st century Republican party operates.  It's leaders don't give a damn about anyone who can't contribute big bucks to their continued political ascension or help fatten the bank accounts of their cronies. With the help of professional liars like Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and everyone at Faux News, they've snookered the lemmings into taking to the streets to fight against their own best interests. I can't find who said it originally, but the thought "never underestimate the stupidity of the American people" rings truer today than ever before... Mitch McConnell [...]

We Needed FDR and Got Bupkis

I'm fighting mad today.  We have a president who ran on a platform of hope and change...and what we're left with now is hoping we can dig enough change from under the seat cushions to feed our kids and pay the rent, while the wealthiest 2% of Americans are rubbing their grubby paws together thinking about socking away the additional money they'll have thanks to the Republicans and the lemmings who voted for them. We needed FDR-style new new deal, but got -as my grandmother would have said - bupkis.  (It is, after all, Chanukah!) The latest outrage was in [...]

Defending McCain

That's Meghan McCain I'm defending, not her demented father.  I never thought I'd do that, but after seeing her on The Rachel Maddow Show last night, I realized  that -though while she's not the brightest bulb in the chandelier - she does make some good points. In this day and age of the crazier the better for people of the right-leaning persuasion, it's refreshing to hear a self-identified Republican say things that make sense.  She's on the right (left) side when it comes to LGBT rights - including marriage equality and the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell.  For speaking [...]

Summers’ End and More Wishful Thinking

How appropriate is it that Larry Summers' departure is announced on the first day of fall? What other beautiful changes can we hope for as the Obama administration attempts to get voters excited before November 2?  How about making a list? Get Rahm the hell out of there too! The PCCC started a campaign to get Chicago voters to pledge never to vote for him... but I say "shhh."  Let him think they'll vote for him, and then don't! In the wake of yesterday's blockade in the Senate of opening debate on DADT (by way of the Defense Appropriations bill), [...]

It’s A Big Day For Equality

I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Lt. Dan Choi this summer at Netroots Nation in Las Vegas.  Yes, I'm very proud of the picture above.  And I'm thrilled that Dan will join me on the air this morning, on the day that we'll see what our members of the US Senate are made of. Of course we know that John McCain, who's leading the charge on a filibuster of the Defense Authorization Bill because it includes a provision that would repeal the discriminatory Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, is a pandering, homophobic, bigoted, coward.  Sen. Jim Webb is [...]

What Happened in Vegas will be Heard on the Radio!

Yes, on tonight's show, I'll share some of the highlights of Netroots Nation, which wrapped up yesterday in Las Vegas.  I made it through with little injury, despite my best efforts. I thoroughly embarrassed myself in front of Amy Goodman, Brad Friedman, Jason Leopold, Shannyn Moore, Jeanne Devon, and a whole host of others... but some of them embarrassed themselves too! I was fortunate enough to do the show from the exhibit hall on Thursday (just scroll down to listen to the show with Amy Goodman, Brad Friedman, Shannyn Moore, Jeanne Devon, Markos Moulitsas, the executive directors of [...]

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