Archive of Articles for January, 2009

Friday Talking Points [60] -- Democratic Assertiveness Training

[ Posted Friday, January 9th, 2009 – 18:03 UTC ]

What a week! With Congress back in session, with the excitement of newly-elected members being sworn in (or barred at the door, as the case may be), and with the ever-increasing anticipation of the inauguration, Washington was in a tizzy all week. Larry Flynt apparently asked Congress for a $5 billion bailout of the porn industry and it barely made the news, because there was so much else going on. That's the kind of week it was.

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Thank You, Howard Dean

[ Posted Thursday, January 8th, 2009 – 16:52 UTC ]

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank Howard Dean for all he has done to resuscitate the Democratic Party. Dean is stepping down soon as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (Obama announced his successor today), after steering the party through the 2006 and the 2008 elections.

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Pay-To-Play: Inauguration Tickets, Only $12,500 Each!

[ Posted Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 – 17:25 UTC ]

Want a ticket to the official Inauguration Day swearing-in event held on public property? Well, you can easily have one -- guaranteed -- for the low, low price of only $12,500. [To be completely honest, that price is much like how airline's advertise "one-way based on roundtrip purchase" fares that don't actually exist -- since you have to "donate" a whopping $50,000 for four guaranteed tickets.] But wait! It's a package deal! You also get, for your hard-earned dollars, bleacher seats to watch the Inaugural Parade, tickets to at least one of the Inaugural Balls the Obamas will actually attend, and other sundry perks and goodies. What a deal, eh?

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U.S. (Media) Pulls Out Of Iraq

[ Posted Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 – 18:09 UTC ]

The American television news media is slipping out of Iraq, as quietly as they can. This story was reported by the New York Times over the holidays, and it may prove to be a consequential part of the way the war ends. Because it might actually make it easier for President Obama to wind the war down, and avoid a lot of squabbling over how he does so.

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Burris, Race, Religion, And The Senate

[ Posted Monday, January 5th, 2009 – 18:28 UTC ]

The growing intensity of the rhetoric surrounding Roland Burris, Rod Blagojevich, and Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat reached new heights (or depths, depending on your point of view) this weekend, by both Burris and his supporters. This is getting so completely out of hand that some perspective is sorely needed here.

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Friday Talking Points [59] -- New Year's Resolutions (For Democrats)

[ Posted Friday, January 2nd, 2009 – 17:45 UTC ]

Happy New Year 2009!
Because I've always felt it is more amusing to make new year's resolutions that others should follow, today's Friday Talking Points will be some resolutions for Democrats. For once, I will keep a foolish resolution I made at the beginning of 2008 to write shorter columns, because this close to New [...]

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