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The MSM's New Low

Submitted by Jim Aune on April 17, 2008 - 12:21pm

10 million viewers tuned in to the debate last night, which couldn't have been worse had it been moderated by Hannity and Gibson of Fox. In fact, Stephanopoulos got his Weatherman question directly from Hannity. Neither candidate looked good. Some useful contact information should you wish to express your opinion of the incompetence and mendacity of Charlie Gibson and George S.:

ABC Switchboard: 212-456-7777


Garry Wills on Obama's Race Speech

Submitted by Jim Aune on April 12, 2008 - 2:38pm

An interesting comparison to Lincoln at Cooper Union.


Mike Gravel, Now More Than Ever

Submitted by Jim Aune on April 2, 2008 - 8:44am



Obama's New "Down-to-earth Oratory"

Submitted by Jim Brown on April 1, 2008 - 9:44am

Obama is apparently "sheathing" his rhetorical "sword" these least that's what the New York Times says:

Mr. Obama’s effort to master a plain-spoken and blunt language that extends back centuries in Pennsylvania is accompanied by no small stakes. Voters here, as in neighboring Ohio, where Mr. Obama lost the white and aging blue-collar vote, tend to elect politicians whose language rarely soars and whose policy prescriptions come studded with detail.


Obama at Cooper Union

Submitted by Jim Aune on March 28, 2008 - 9:33pm

The text of his speech on the economy. His Hamiltonianism is especially interesting (right,Jen?).


Cass Sunstein on Obama

Submitted by Jim Aune on March 15, 2008 - 2:48pm

U of Chicago law professor Cass Sunstein offers encomiumhis former colleague. Meanwhile, Obama has had his worst week of the campaign, but is still keeping his remarkable "cool." I hope that the college students and other new voters who have been so excited by Obama (including a number of normally "conservative" Aggies) don't get dispirited in the Long March to August.


Dirty Little Religion

Submitted by Jim Aune on March 15, 2008 - 10:56am

I haven't changed many of my fundamental beliefs in the last twenty years or so, but my attitude toward religion in the public square is one of them. We are now enduring the conservative noise machine about Obama's pastor's "G-d damn America." Somehow McCain got a pass on his sucking up to John Hagee, and the latter's "Whore of Babylon" and "Jews are responsible for the Holocaust" lines. Note that there is no difference between the Rev. Wright's comment and Hagee's "Katrina was because of the homos in New Orleans" argument other than that the former was probably more biblically faithful.


Olbermann delivers...again

Submitted by Jim Brown on March 14, 2008 - 12:23am


A Petition to Hillary Clinton

Submitted by Jim Aune on March 8, 2008 - 5:35pm

A polite request that the Clintons release their tax returns, as Obama has done.


A crazy night in precinct 426

Submitted by Jim Brown on March 7, 2008 - 4:55pm

Well, I was going to blog about the crazy night of caucusing I experienced on Tuesday, but Laurence Lowe of The New Republic has written the story for me. He was there until the bitter end, scribbling notes and asking us questions. Check out his piece "Obama by a coin flip" and read all about how our tiny little East Austin precinct was the site of much drama. Notice that I'm described as the "white" James Brown. Oh, and there was a happy ending.