Thomas Jefferson Street

September 2010


The Poor Would Suffer Under a Republican Majority

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Democrats discuss the struggles of the middle class while Republicans whine about the problems of wealthy Americans. But who speaks for the poor? Nobody.

Well that needs to change because the middle class is shrinking while the number of poor people is growing. The U.S. Census Bureau released a ...

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Obama's Right, Cranky Liberals Need To Be More Realistic

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The message from the White House toward political progressives is consistent, even if the tone has varying levels of politeness. The left needs to be “drug tested” (Press Secretary Robert Gibbs), should “stop whining” (Vice President Joe Biden), or needs to compare the performance of the Obama ...

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Reagan, Goldwater Wouldn't Recognize the Republican Tea Party

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Barry Goldwater wouldn’t recognize it. Ronald Reagan wouldn’t recognize it. Let alone Jacob Javits, Everett Dirksen, Clifford Case, Margaret Chase Smith, Ed Brooke, Chuck Percy, etc., etc.

Barry Goldwater was not a doctrinaire social conservative; he would be seriously taken aback with the anti-gay ...

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Democrats Adopt GOP's D.C. Disses

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President Obama is speaking at political rallies in a tale of my two cities this week, rousing the base to the rafters in Madison yesterday and in Washington tomorrow. Even as a girl, Wisconsin made me political, which is why living in Washington suits me well.

Both capital cities, named for early ...

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The Tea Party Should Not Protest CSI and Justin Bieber

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Art has been imitating life and then putting its own spin on it since Adam and Eve. So why was everyone so surprised when on the season premiere of CSI on CBS the episode contained the subject matter of a domestic terrorist bomber? Played by Justin Bieber I might add!?!

And why am I writing about ...

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Obama's 'Arrogant' Problem

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In a campaign season marked by an almost irrational anti-establishment mood, “arrogant,” it seems, is the new scarlet “A.”

President Obama gets called that a lot by his opponents, and for some pretty flimsy reasons. Daring to run for office with less than a full term in the U.S. Senate? Arrogant!

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Republican 'Pledge' on the Constitution Is Just Wacky

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Of all the promises in the GOP’s “Pledge to America,” the most potentially troublesome is the demand that all legislation include a clause stating exactly how the proposed law is provided for in the U.S. Constitution.

On its face, this sounds reasonable, especially to the element of the Tea Party ...

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The Cuomo-Paladino N.Y. Gubernatorial Race Is 2010’s Nastiest

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It’s too soon to tell for sure but all indications are that the New York gubernatorial race will end up being the nation’s nastiest. That’s because, despite all expectations, the November election turned out to be between two heavyweights who are each committed to doing whatever it takes to win.

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Republicans’ ‘Pledge to America’ Is A Stack of Bumper Stickers

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The Republicans’ "Pledge to America" could have been a no-nonsense, make-the-tough-decisions, visionary plan to take the country out of a troubling era of high unemployment, cultural divides, and stalemate in Congress. Instead, it was a stack of bumper stickers.

That’s unfortunate, because the GOP ...

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The Tea Party Movement Is a Women's Movement

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To the extent that it is run by anyone, the Tea Party movement is--like all great social movements--largely run by women.

Many of the movement’s most important political figures, like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Minnesota GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann, are women. Many of its important writers,

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Is Andrew Cuomo New York's Version of Martha Coakley?

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Andrew Cuomo, meet Martha Coakley. Or at least, pay close attention.

Cuomo, New York’s attorney general and son of former Gov. Mario Cuomo, was considered a shoo-in to win the governorship in November. Despite a slew of scandals involving the current and previous Democratic governors, Cuomo is still ...

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Democrats Must Focus on Unemployment, Not Tea Party Wackos

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With only 40 days until the midterm elections, it’s a little late to be making strategic decisions but Democrats still are arguing about message.

There are two options available to Democrats.

Option 1 is to beat up on the candidates of the Party of Tea as a collection of right-wing wackos who are way ...

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More Evidence of Pro-Obama Mainstream Media Bias

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Like all elected leaders, President Barack Obama has experienced his share of gaffes and mistakes. For instance, the time he talked during the 2008 campaign about having visited all 57 states or the clumsy way he inserted himself into the controversy involving the Cambridge police and a well-known ...

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Lady Gaga Doesn't Help in the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Fight

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Memo to gay rights supporters: If you want to convince the American public and members of Congress that repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is a matter of basic human dignity, don’t send Lady Gaga.

It’s not the Muppet dress that does her in as a credible spokesperson on anything ...

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Obama Must Hammer Republicans In 2010 Election

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President Barack Obama was born the summer of '61, the year Cool blossomed in the culture, like the runaway tulip craze in Holland three or four centuries ago. Stay with me while I go back there to an electric new era.

John F. Kennedy was inaugurated on a snow-bright January day at noon with the ...

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Another Poll Shows Independent Voters Lining Up With Republicans

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Yet another poll is out showing the independent-minded voters are looking askance at Barack Obama and the Democrats.

Independent Women's Voice commissioned veteran pollster Doug Schoen—the founding partner of Penn, Schoen & Berland and the American Association of Political Consultants' 1996 ...

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The Democrats' Christine O'Donnell Problem

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Democrats, scrambling to limit the extent of their losses in the midterm elections, are hoping to tie the entire Republican Party to the Tea Party movement, a move they hope will make disaffected voters choose unpopular Democrats over "extremist" Republicans. The primary victory of GOP Delaware ...

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Christine O'Donnell Insults Those Who Lied to Nazis to Help Jews

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Appearing on Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher back in 1998 (well before she was the Republican nominee for Senate from Delaware) Christine O'Donnell made the now widely noted declaration that she would not lie under any circumstances (a lie being disrespectful to reality), even if she found ...

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Are Democrats Planning a Government Shutdown?

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It was supposed to be the "December Surprise.”

Having failed in the November election to keep control of one or both houses of Congress, the Democrats, who also failed this year to complete a federal budget and to enact the appropriations bills needed to keep the federal government running, would ...

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Does the Tea Party Even Vet Its Own Candidates?

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--The primary elections in Massachusetts, where Tea Party movement-backed candidates scored surprisingly well in this still-blue state, raise a critical general election question:

Do they not vet these people?

[See a slide show of other bad candidates in the 2010 elections.]

Let’s ...

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Conservative Groups Launch Ad Attacks Against Michael Bennet

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LAKEWOOD, Colo.--Any question that the battle has been joined in Colorado ended this weekend when no fewer than five attack ads were launched against Sen. Michael Bennet. The buy totaled $1.5 million this week alone.

[See who supports Bennet.]

It was a veritable right-wing word generator of ...

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Why Christine O’Donnell Can Win the Delaware Senate Race

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The “smart people” have apparently decided that no one is going to vote for Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell in November. This is a bit of a stretch considering that a) lots of people have already voted for her--which is how she won Tuesday’s GOP primary, and b) the earliest ...

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Tea Party Extremism Will Help Democrats in 2010 Election

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Christine O’Donnell Tuesday won the primary in the state of Delaware. This is a woman who thinks gays can be 'cured' and has condemned not only premarital sex but also masturbation. Hmmm. TMI (too much information).

I must admit I almost fainted when I heard Karl Rove say something I actually agreed ...

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Tea Party Cannibalism Is Hurting the GOP in the 2010 Election

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Christine O’Donnell, the Tea Party movement-backed candidate who scored a stunning GOP primary victory in Delaware Tuesday night, had it right in one sense. “Republican cannibalism,” O’Donnell said, describing the intra-party fighting that preceded her astonishing win.

But O’Donnell had the context ...

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Republicans Scary Tax Math Would Add $4 Trillion to the Deficit

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We have just been presented with the Republican plan for no new taxes, no old taxes, heck, let’s just give everyone more tax breaks! Sounds lovely to those who are voting Tea Party.

The problem is that the math is Halloween math, and scary if that is the new math of the Republicans. The Bush tax ...

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O'Donnell's Delaware Primary Win Shows Tea Party a Threat to GOP

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The Republican Party has been riding a tiger this election season. It's been a charge for some elements of the party and nerve-wracking for others who worried that perhaps this Tea Party tiger might buck or bite its rider. With fringe GOP-er Christine O'Donnell's victory over Rep. Mike Castle in ...

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Afghanistan Is Obama’s ‘Exquisite’ Foreign Policy Dilemma

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Whither or wither the United States in Afghanistan at the other end of the earth?

Afghanistan is about much more than Afghanistan. That's the main lesson I learned recently at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in Washington, an international gathering of 7,000 ...

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Ending Earmarks Won't Solve the Federal Budget Deficit Problem

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This election season is an era of easy targets, a time when voter anger and frustration is so high that simple talk and scapegoating easily crowd out discussions of painful solutions to difficult and complicated problems. Blame high taxes for sluggish private-sector hiring. Blame George W. Bush for ...

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Poll: Independent Voters Have Turned Against Obama, Democrats

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Resurgent Republic, the polling organization formed by former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie, pollster Whit Ayres, and others to survey the national mood on key issues finds opposition among swing voters to President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress has "calcified."

A national survey of 1,200 ...

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September 11 Brought Out the Worst Kind of Patriotism

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The first shattering scene of the 21st century calls forth a reminder, an observation, and a suggestion.

Remember the Tuesday morning of Sept. 11, 2001, before the terrorist attacks? Crystal clear on the Eastern Seaboard, a brilliant turquoise blue sky. The people of the nation woke up in a ...

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Obama’s Hope Covers Muslims, Middle East, Not Bipartisanship

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What does it say about the state of American politics that President’s Obama’s news conference offered more hope for conciliation between disparate religions and between feuding parties in the Middle East than it did for Democrats and Republicans?

A day before the anniversary of the September 11 ...

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Murkowski’s Alaska Senate Scramble Presents 2012 Test for Palin

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Events in Alaska pose an interesting challenge for Sarah Palin. Her support of attorney Joe Miller is cited, rightly or wrongly, as the key factor in his upending of Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the recent GOP Senate primary.

[See who supports Murkowski.]

Unfortunately for the GOP, Murkowski is ...

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Palin Endorses O'Donnell--A Sign Tea Party Will Storm Castle?

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With five days to go before Delaware's primary, former Alaska half-term Gov. Sarah Palin named a new "Mama Grizzly," tapping underdog Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell for the Senate race. So what does it mean? Could this be a sign of another Republican primary upset, the kind that would send ...

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Palin’s Right on Koran Burning, Wrong on NY Islamic Center

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For an encouraging moment it looked like Sarah Palin had stepped up to the plate, abandoning the bumper-sticker politics of fear to uphold what is truly American: the freedom of religion.

Then she kept typing.

For days, leading Republicans had refused to denounce plans by a Florida pastor to ...

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Bank Bailout Spawned Obama and Dems’ Tea Party Problem

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The Wall Street bailout was the root of all evil. Or at least a lot of it.

Ever since Adam ate that apple, people have struggled against the evil that rushed into the world. And ever since the fall of 2008 when the feds bailed out the banks, President Obama has had to fight the bad political karma ...

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Alaska Senate Race Underscores GOP's Tea Party Risk

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Republicans are sending help north, in the form of money and manpower, to their newly minted Alaska Senate candidate, Joe Miller, Politico reports this morning. I wonder if they could use those resources elsewhere? Score another 2010 election victory for the Tea Party.

[See a roundup of political ...

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GOP Path to Majority in 2010 Election Is Tougher Than Polls Show

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Republicans, not without justification, see themselves in the midterm election as subjects in a clear, well-focused photo marking a huge victory and new majorities for the GOP in the House, and perhaps the Senate. But the campaign reality looks more like an impressionist painting.

From a distance,

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'Burn a Koran Day' Is Un-American and Not Christian

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I love my country. I grew up in a suburb of Boston, about 20 minutes from Plymouth, Mass. You’ve heard of Plymouth. It’s the place where the boat the Mayflower hit upon a rock and where its passengers, escaping religious persecution, would make their home. I visited Plymouth more than I wanted to ...

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Latest Election 2010 Congressional Poll Numbers Are Earthshaking

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The Democrats are growing desperate. Over the long Labor Day weekend both the New York Times and the Associated Press reported that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is preparing to jettison the weak sisters from the party’s fall campaign plans.

[See who supports Pelosi.]

Pelosi, the Times reported, issued ...

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Sexist Shots at Palin, Pelosi Signal New Backlash Against Women

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It’s comforting that women’s groups are inaugurating ``Name It, Change It,’’ an effort to identify sexist comments in campaign commentary and call out the offenders. It’s also depressing.

One would think, in the 21st Century, when we’ve had a female presidential candidate viable enough to be called ...

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Obama's Overreach Has Even Made GOP Competitive on the West Coast

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Pollster Scott Rasmussen’s release last week of data showing registered voters trusted the Republicans to handle 10 key issues--the economy, ethics and government corruption, taxes, the war on terror and national security, Iraq, Afghanistan, immigration, healthcare, education, and Social ...

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A Big GOP Win in 2010 Could Lead to a Big Obama Victory in 2012

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There has been a lot of political talk that 2010 might resemble 1994, or the reverse of 2006-2008, or maybe 1982, when unemployment was over 10 percent for 10 months and Ronald Reagan lost 26 House seats.

[Check out a roundup of editorial cartoons on the economy.]

Now, many journalists like Carl ...

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Alaska Voters Punished Murkowski for Not Being Angry, Hostile Enough

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There a several story lines for the midterm elections, and the concession of Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski in her party’s primary appears to confirm them all: Voters are mad, so mad they’ll nominate a relative unknown. No one is safe this year, not even established incumbents in the party expected ...

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Tea Party Bags Murkowski--Alaska Senate Seat Now in Play?

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With Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski conceding defeat in the state's GOP Senate primary Tuesday night, the Tea Party movement scored another victory over a Republican incumbent. But it raises again the question of whether the anger-fueled Tea Party movement is ultimately good for the GOP. To ...

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