The White House Press corps loves to laugh condescendingly at Helen Thomas because, tenaciously insisting that our sermons to others be applied to our own Government, she acts like a real reporter ... -- The "Neda video," torture, and the truth-revealing power of images by Glenn Greenwald, salon.com
Krugman comes up with a much kinder broadside than I can muster, as I see Obama throwing away all the progress we could have made without even bothering to expend any effort to do things right. --gailMy big fear about Obama has always been not that he doesn’t understand the issues, but that his urge to compromise — his vision of himself as a politician who transcends the old partisan divisions — will lead him to negotiate with himself, and give away far too much. He did that on the stimulus bill, where he offered an inadequate plan in order to win bipartisan support, then got nothing in return — and was forced to reduce the plan further so that Susan Collins could claim her pound of flesh.
And now he’s done it on a key component of health care reform. What was the point of signaling, right at this crucial moment, that he’s willing to give away the public plan? Let alone doing it at the very moment that he was making such a good case for it? -- Obama messes up on health care, big time by Paul Krugman, NY Times
This is extremely serious stuff, the question is not facetious in the least, why can’t the fucking Democrats possess the ability to learn Negotiation 101? ... -- Why, In Fact, Can’t Democrats Learn? by paradox, The Left Coaster
This assumes that they want to negotiate, that the health care 'debate' is not all a charade, that they do not already have some undocumented 'understanding' that they will not attempt to rock certain boats. Is there really any other explanation. Those who believe never get close enough to do anything. Those who are primed to subterfuge and non-action are always in the way. It happens over and over again ... just tell me there's no pattern to be seen here. --gail
I realize that anecdotes are not data. However, I have never personally met a woman of menopausal age — and I’m past that point myself — who blew off her life because of hot flashes. But I’ve known, and have known of, a number of men aged 45-60 whose lives crashed and burned because of sex. -- Should Middle-Aged Men Hold Public Office? by Barbara O'Brien, open.salon.com
Ha, ha. Shoe met other foot. --gail