From the daily archives: Monday, March 3, 2008

I’ve said that what is important to me is pushing progressive ideas, moreso than any Democratic party loyalty. Ben Smith relates a story demonstrating how Obama knows how to frame a liberal, progressive value in a way that can convince people who aren’t already on-board.

An interesting moment came when he was asked a question about LGBT rights and delivered an answer that seemed to suit the questioner, listing the various attributes — race, gender, etc. — that shouldn’t trigger discrimination, to successive cheers. When he came to saying that gays and lesbians deserve equality, though, the crowd fell […]

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Police in Los Angeles arrested a guy who told his girlfriend in a phone conversation that he wanted to kill President George Bush.

According to the girlfriend, the would-be presidential assassin said: “Committing this murder is not a murder, it’s making a difference for the people. I’m going to kill who needs to be killed.”

When police arrived at the man’s house they asked: “Do you want to kill the president?”

He replied “yes” and they immediately arrested him. He’s been charged with “knowingly and willfully threatening to take the life of the president.”

I wonder what […]

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It may have flown under the radar with all of the election hullabaloo, but William F. Buckley Jr. died last week. He’s often been viewed as a paragon of conservative thought. And to some extent, this is true – this is half of an interesting debate he had with Noam Chomsky in 1969, and it shows an intelligent, witty, and even charismatic man.

(You can see part 2 here.)

However, as often seems the case with retrospectives of prominent conservatives, it’s more hagiography than biography. Buckley, and his magazine National Review, were staunch opponents of the civil rights […]

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While Obama was fighting off implications that the unsought endorsement of Farrakhan somehow reflected poorly on him (despite repeated and clear denunciations and repudiations of Farrakhan and his past statements), John McCain was actively courting the endorsement of a right-wing pastor with equally disturbing views.

Hagee has offered some highly provocative views on a variety of subjects.

For instance, he linked Hurricane Katrina to the gay rights movement: ” … All of the city was punished because of the sin that happened there in that city.”

He has also denounced the Roman Catholic Church as “the great whore of […]

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How unfortunate: a Southern Ohio voter who is interested in Obama is concerned that he’s Muslim.

Of course, our pals in the right-wing blogosphere here in Ohio are more interested in “winning” by smearing Obama (by using his middle name, when he doesn’t, and other things to perpetuate the false “Muslim” smear) than in the truth. Many of them are upset at McCain for condemning these kinds of smears. (I don’t use my middle name colloquially, so if someone else was, I’d think they had some kind of ulterior motive. Especially if my middle name was “Hussein”. […]

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Obama’s GOTV Robo-Calls

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I’ve received three robo-calls supporting Obama in as many days: two from Treasurer Rich Courdray and one from Mayor Mike Coleman.

But these are more than just support calls- they seem to be a serious, and potentially effective attempt at a robo-call-based GOTV effort. I don’t remember answering any phone survey for Obama – but they still seem to know I’m a supporter.

Each call not only tells me when and where I can vote early- but also offers me help finding my polling location (by calling an 800-number or checking their website). They even offered to find me a […]

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Please Vote Yes on Issue 29

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Issue 29 will help fund the Franklin County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.

It should show up on your ballot- whether you are voting in the dem or rep primary- because it isn’t a party-specific issue; everyone should vote to support the great work of the MRDD.

The Dispatch has done a pretty good job choosing their endorsements this year – and their support for Issue 29 is no exception…

Voters should approve Issue 29, a permanent 3.5-mill countywide property-tax levy to pay for the essential programs and services of the Franklin County Board of Mental Retardation […]

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As a follow-up to Eric’s great plunderland interview on BBC about the last debate, I did an interview this morning with KPOJ, a progressive talk station in Portland.

The topic was the upcoming presidential primary in Ohio and after we got past the first question ( define Plunderbund ) I think it went pretty well.

Here’s the audio…


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The day before the polls open for tomorrow’s election, the Columbus Dispatch has reprinted their endorsement for Cindy Lazarus…

In the competition to be the Democratic nominee for Franklin County commissioner, Cindy Lazarus is the better qualified of the two candidates. The three-member board runs the 33rd-most-populous county in the United States and handles an annual budget of more than $1 billion.

Throughout her two decades serving central Ohioans, first as Columbus city councilwoman and then as a judge on the Franklin County Court of Appeals, Lazarus has gained broad experience in public policy and management.

In her 10 […]

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