Archive of Articles for December, 2007

Huckabee's "10,000 Aging Hippies A Day"

[ Posted Tuesday, December 18th, 2007 – 16:07 UTC ]

This just in from the campaign trail: more proof that Republicans just "don't get it" about the concerns of ordinary Americans over health care.

Mike Huckabee is getting a lot of media attention these days because of his dramatic rise in the Iowa polls. But I was personally stunned last night to see him say the following (from PBS' "The News Hour With Jim Lehrer"):

If you think that Medicare is expensive now, wait until 10,000 aging hippies a day find out they can get free drugs. Then, it's really going to get expensive in a hurry.

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Predictions For 2008

[ Posted Monday, December 17th, 2007 – 15:06 UTC ]

[Warning: these all have absolutely no basis in reality, and are all merely the product of an overactive imagination. I am not a psychic nor do I pretend to be one. So there.]

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[ Posted Saturday, December 15th, 2007 – 17:58 UTC ]


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Friday Talking Points [Vol. 12]

[ Posted Friday, December 14th, 2007 – 17:48 UTC ]

It's been a busy week, so forgive me if I don't get to everything today. Part of the reason is the absolute congressional snowstorm of bills moving on the Hill both this week and next, as Congress prepares to scarper off on yet another extended vacation.

I'll do a better tally of all these last-minute efforts when the dust settles next week, I promise. But for now, I'd like to pause for a minute to reflect on the past year of Democratic majority rule in Congress. Putting aside legislative issues, and even putting aside the war for the moment, one thing many partisan Democrats were hoping for this year was some scalps nailed to the wall.

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It's Time To Drop The Tobacco Tax From SCHIP

[ Posted Thursday, December 13th, 2007 – 16:35 UTC ]

I've written about SCHIP many times before. It's a brilliant political piece of legislation, because it works so well as a wedge issue in the Republican party -- it's got a veto-proof majority in the Senate, and a near-veto-proof majority in the House because more and more Republicans are getting on board, fearing the issue will be used effectively against them in next year's elections.

This is all well and good, and is how politics is supposed to be played, in the midst of getting something good done. Unfortunately, the Democrats are now about to throw out the baby's health insurance with the election-season bathwater. From the New York Times article on the veto:

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No Joke: Politics In The Era Of Late Night Reruns

[ Posted Wednesday, December 12th, 2007 – 15:43 UTC ]

Leno, Letterman, O'Brien and the rest of the late-night comics and hosts have all gone "dark" ever since the writers' strike began, leaving us with nothing but endless reruns to watch during the wee hours. If this goes on for the next two months, what effect will this have on politics during the crucial presidential primary season?

I have to admit, I didn't come up with this idea myself. I heard it as an offhand comment on one of the news shows (PBS' News Hour, I think) -- that if the strike went on, the candidates will all get a "free pass" on any amusing foibles during the campaign because the late night shows were on hiatus. The person who said this wasn't serious, or at best only half-serious, but it got me to thinking. What if this does have a major effect on politics? What effect would it have, and would it be a good thing or a bad thing?

What if (insert crescendo music here for effect -- dom Dom DOM!!) it already has had an effect?

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National Intelligence Estimate

[ Posted Tuesday, December 11th, 2007 – 17:44 UTC ]


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Church And State Revisited: The Story Of Smoot

[ Posted Monday, December 10th, 2007 – 18:10 UTC ]

It's only from the outside looking in that "religion" is funny. Members of that religion consider their own rites normal and proper. We'd all do well to remember that, presidential candidates included.

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How Low Can He Go?

[ Posted Saturday, December 8th, 2007 – 17:33 UTC ]


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Friday Talking Points [Vol. 11]

[ Posted Friday, December 7th, 2007 – 18:55 UTC ]

It's been a week of circular logic from the political world.

To begin with, Mitt Romney gave a speech on religion. This speech was brilliantly summed up in a comment to Chris Kelly's recent Huffington Post column:

1. We should all be tolerant of religions, even ones we don't agree with.

2. Secularism/atheism is a religion.

3. Let's all hate on those traitorous, treasonous, blasphemous secularists/atheists!

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