Category: Politics

Elizabeth Warren’s Unique Moment

Elizabeth Warren’s Unique Moment: With the surprise contraction of the primary field, I believe Warren has the opportunity for voters to see why she's the best candidate on Super Tuesday.

Elizabeth Warren in Seattle

The last presidential candidate I saw in person was Bill Clinton when he was running for re-election in 1996. I waited at Pike Place Market and, as these things go, the schedule was slipping. At one point a staffer got on the microphone and said, “The President should be here in a few minutes,” just ...

Discussing Pete Souza on the Let’s Talk Photography Podcast

I was a guest on Bart Busschots’s Let’s Talk Photography podcast, discussing the photography of former White House Photographer Pete Souza.

There is no Blue Wave

There is only your vote. Be a voter on November 6.

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Palin’s Problems, in Her Own Words

Here’s what I love/hate about Sarah Palin: Within the space of a few words, she can completely destroy her own point, and yet sound as if she isn’t. Today’s use of the term “blood libel” to talk about how the mean ol’ media is victimizing her after the Tuscon shooting is reprehensible not only because ...

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Maybe Bush Did Do One Thing Right

One of the more popular of my blog entries is “What Has Bush Done Right?” from 2004. I spent the entire slog through Bush’s second term asking myself that question, and honestly never really came up with a good answer. Bush was a bad leader, an idealogue, and is, I believe, directly responsible for a ...

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You’ve Got to Be Fucking Kidding

I don’t throw that out there as a title lightly: The U.S. Military is demanding that thousands of wounded service personnel give back signing bonuses because they are unable to serve out their commitments. To get people to sign up, the military gives enlistment bonuses up to $30,000 in some cases. Now men and women ...

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Goodbye Gonzales. Dems, Don’t Screw This Up, Too

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced his resignation today (effective September 16), eliciting a collective sigh of relief across the nation. The term “incompetent” gets thrown around too much these days (and isn’t that a statement on the political climate we’re living in), so I’m not going to say that Gonzales was incompetent – he was ...

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Screwing the Troops (Again/Still)

Henceforth, I don’t want to hear anyone make the claim that the Bush Administration “supports the troops.” It’s already established that Bush claims to listen to his generals, but then does what he wants (and fires the generals who disagree with him). And that he uses the troops that he commands as PR shields, propping ...

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“Won” or “Lost” Isn’t the Issue

Josh Marshall has an excellent, succinct post about the misguided thinking about whether the war in Iraq is “lost,” as Harry Reid has said, or is able to be “won,” as Bush and the Republicans hollowly maintain. As usual, what’s being talked about is the smoke that obscures the reality, something Americans have been subjected ...