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2010 mid-term election recap

Posted by grahamfirchlis on November 4, 2010

Apparently I have once again over-rated the common decency and good sense of a significant cross-sectional share of the electorate, Right, Middle and Left alike.
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2010 election prognostication

Posted by grahamfirchlis on November 2, 2010

Pounding a stake in the sand with my crystal balls.
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California 2010 Election Voter Guide

Posted by grahamfirchlis on November 2, 2010

From a Progressive point of view. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hipparchia, this one’s for you

Posted by grahamfirchlis on April 29, 2010

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Our crack team of systems experts are working on the problem, and we anticipate having a resolution for you shortly.

Leave a comment, we’ll see what happens.

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Open Letter to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid on the Public Option

Posted by grahamfirchlis on March 16, 2010

Dear Madam Speaker and Mr. Majority Leader;

Passing a health insurance reform bill without a public option is poor policy. It is also political suicide. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rahm Emanuel was wrong: Leftists who target Democrats are not “retarded”

Posted by grahamfirchlis on March 10, 2010

Because the retarded mentally challenged have a legitimate physical reason for being sometimes slow on the uptake. Intelligent, educated, politically sophisticated Leftists have no excuse for their behavior. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bill Clinton confession: “I had no clue what I was doing”

Posted by grahamfirchlis on February 27, 2010

Or words to that effect. Read the rest of this entry »

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Endgame looms for health care reform battle

Posted by grahamfirchlis on February 22, 2010

During this prolonged struggle, Obama and the Democratic Congressional leadership have been roundly excoriated and condemned by both the Right and the Left. From the Right they’ve been called socialists, communists, fascists, micromanagers, Big Government promoters, Tax-and-Spend Liberals, and every possible denigrating term one can conceive. From the Left they’ve been called cowards, fools, shills, sell-outs, insurance industry tools, Republicans in Dem clothing, and every other possible denigrating term one can conceive including a mocking accusation of being engaged in “11 dimensional chess.” With condemnations coming furiously from both directions, little wonder the Bewildered Middle is losing confidence in Obama as well as Democrats in general and government as a whole.

But it appears that Obama and the Big Dems are playing quite a different strategy that anything their accusers have imagined, one borrowed not from sainted political or social philosophers but rather from The Greatest boxer ever; Mohammed Ali. This health care reform exercise has been, more than anything, a classic application of the Rope-A-Dope. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluegrass Monday morning wake up

Posted by grahamfirchlis on February 15, 2010

Performers you ought to know, but probably don’t. Read the rest of this entry »

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Obama jobs recovery well underway

Posted by grahamfirchlis on February 13, 2010

A fact plainly in evidence, to anyone willing to look at the data.

It seems that everyone, Right or Left, is critical of Obama’s programs to reverse the massive jobs losses that resulted from the past 30 years of specious economic policy, most of it driven by Republicans. But the evidence is now clear that Obama’s policies are working, and the regressive Republican pattern has been reversed. It will take some time to gain full reversal, no set of policies can overcome three decades of institutionalized economic mismanagement in just a year, but we are well on the way and for that Obama and other Democratic leaders deserve substantial credit and support. Read the rest of this entry »

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