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Archive for November 6th, 2008

Congratulations

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 6th, 2008 5:40 am by HL

Congratulations
I’ve waited 8 long years for this moment in history.  Congratulations to President-elect Obama and to everyone who worked hard to make that happen.  Bart, I sincerely believe that you and your site have made a positive difference over the past 8 years.  My red state flip pledge donation to you will be one check that […]


Quote of the Day

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 6th, 2008 5:39 am by HL

Quote of the Day
Well, the truth is, Brian, we can’t solve global warming because I fucking changed light bulbs in my house.”

— Sen. Barack Obama, quoted in Newsweek‘s special election issue, during debate preparations on how he wanted to answer if Brian Williams asked him, “What’s a personal thing that you’ve done that’s green.”


Might Learn To Like This Guy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 6th, 2008 5:38 am by HL

Might Learn To Like This Guy
Newsweek:

When he was preparing for them during the Democratic primaries, Obama was recorded saying, “I don’t consider this to be a good format for me, which makes me more cautious. I often find myself trapped by the questions and thinking to myself, ‘You know, this is a stupid question, but let me … answer it.’ So when Brian Williams is asking me about what’s a personal thing that you’ve done [that’s green], and I say, you know, ‘Well, I planted a bunch of trees.’ And he says, ‘I’m talking about personal.’ What I’m thinking in my head is, ‘Well, the truth is, Brian, we can’t solve global warming because I f—ing changed light bulbs in my house. It’s because of something collective’.”


Latin America’s New Consensus and the end of the Monroe Doctrine

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 6th, 2008 5:37 am by HL

Latin America’s New Consensus and the end of the Monroe Doctrine
Beset by economic crisis and bogged down in two unwinnable wars, the Colossus of the North no longer wields the clout it once had.


Obama’s Win: A Death-Knell For 1960s Cultural Politics?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 6th, 2008 5:36 am by HL

Obama’s Win: A Death-Knell For 1960s Cultural Politics?
We now live in a new America. How to even begin to make sense of what happened yesterday? Here’s one way to look at it: Obama’s victory represents a potential death knell — but only a potential one — for…


Loaded Questions

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 6th, 2008 5:35 am by HL

Loaded Questions
We dug into the internals on the latest Fox News poll, and some of the questions might surprise you (or might not, since it’s Fox). Example: Have you heard any of your friends and neighbors say there is something about…


The secret to Rachel Maddow’s success

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 6th, 2008 5:34 am by HL

The secret to Rachel Maddow’s success
“Ever heard of something called Dada?” Rachel Maddow is trying to make an analogy. It’s mid-October, two weeks before the election, and the MSNBC host is comparing the McCain campaign’s recent fixation on “Joe the Plumber” to the anti-bourgeois cultural movement of the early-twentieth century. But this is prime time, and Maddow first has to define Dadaism in as colloquial a way as possible. This is something of a challenge considering she only has about twelve seconds…


EXCLUSIVE: Podesta Announces He Will Not Be Joining New Obama Administration

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 6th, 2008 5:33 am by HL

EXCLUSIVE: Podesta Announces He Will Not Be Joining New Obama Administration
Today, President-elect Barack Obama announced his new transition team, which includes Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAF) President and CEO John Podesta as one of three co-chairs. The media have floated the possibility that Podesta might serve in various roles in the Obama administration, including Energy Secretary and chief of staff. But today […]

podestada.jpg Today, President-elect Barack Obama announced his new transition team, which includes Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAF) President and CEO John Podesta as one of three co-chairs.

The media have floated the possibility that Podesta might serve in various roles in the Obama administration, including Energy Secretary and chief of staff. But today in an internal memo to CAPAF staff, Podesta put those rumors to rest. Announcing that he is taking a temporary leave of absence to fulfill his transition duties, Podesta said that he has no plans to join the Obama administration:

I am honored to have been asked to help organize the President-elect’s transition to a new government. For this purpose, I am taking a temporary leave of absence during the transition period. As I have advised Senator Obama and the Boards of CAP and CAPAF, I will not be joining the new Administration and will return to American Progress after the transition ends.

Launched in 2003, CAP’s mission has been to provide long-term leadership and support to the progressive movement, develop thoughtful policy proposals, and engage in the war of ideas with conservatives. Podesta formerly served as President Clinton’s chief of staff and is a professor at Georgetown University. He also recently released a progressive blueprint for the next administration entitled, The Power of Progress: How America’s Progressives Can (Once Again) Save Our Economy, Our Climate, and Our Country.


Under Obama, the Envoy Convoy May Screech to a Halt

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 6th, 2008 5:32 am by HL

Under Obama, the Envoy Convoy May Screech to a Halt
You’d think everyone on the Obama team would be celebrating today. But you’d be wrong.


Republicans, This Is the First Day of the Rest of Your Lives

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 6th, 2008 5:28 am by HL

Republicans, This Is the First Day of the Rest of Your Lives
For members of the Grand Old Party, this is a day to celebrate. Your long national nightmare, otherwise known as the Bush administration, is over. Of course, there will be plenty of hand-wringing, finger-pointing and even internecine warfare among party activists and their interest-group allies over the next few weeks as various constituencies within the party seek to assign blame for Tuesday’s Democratic sweep, though it was not nearly as bad as it could have been considering the public mood and the Democrats’ financial advantage. Some will predict the end of the GOP. Others will merely consign it to minority party status for years because of demographic changes.

In with the New
In the end, American voters serve as the great equalizer. When one party goes too far, voters snap the leash, as they did on Tuesday. I still maintain that John McCain was the better presidential candidate, but I can’t blame swing voters for rejecting a party that had lost touch with the hopes and dreams of ordinary Americans, and instead deciding to take a chance on the forward-looking Barack Obama. Thus history is made.