#tax cuts for the rich
Andrew Sullivan argues that Obama knows exactly what he’s doing with the tax cut compromise:
And notice that Obama has secured – with Republican backing – a big new stimulus that will almost certainly goose growth and lower unemployment as he moves toward re-election. If growth accelerates, none of the current political jockeying and Halperin-style hyper-ventilation will matter. Obama will benefit – thanks, in part, to Republican dogma. So here’s something the liberal base can chew on if they need some grist: how cool is it that Mitch McConnell just made Barack Obama’s re-election more likely? Bet you didn’t see that one coming, did you?
[…] Now for the short-term benefits of resolving this tax-and-spend dilemma so swiftly. The president urgently needs to get the new START and DADT through the Senate. DADT would be a major boost for his base – and the country’s military. Getting START through is critical to his foreign policy cred. If he can pull all this off by Christmas – and the Senate should indeed stay open for an extra week – the last Congress will indeed be viewed by historians as one of the most substantive (and liberal) in recent history. And Obama will have orchestrated it – while ending up firmly planted and rebranded in the center.
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Andrew Sullivan talks about Obama’s long game:
“Like 2009′s removal of the HIV ban, which was as painstakingly slow but thereby much more entrenched, this process took time. Without the Pentagon study, it wouldn’t have passed. Without Obama keeping Lieberman inside the tent, it wouldn’t have passed. Without the critical relationship between Bob Gates and Obama, it wouldn’t have passed. It worked our last nerve; we faced at one point a true nightmare of nothing … for years. And then we pulled behind this president, making it his victory and the country’s victory, as well as ours.”
The President’s statement:
“By ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, no longer will our nation be denied the service of thousands of patriotic Americans forced to leave the military, despite years of exemplary performance, because they happen to be gay. And no longer will many thousands more be asked to live a lie in order to serve the country they love.” Read it all….
#impacted more americans
No Congress since the 1960s has impacted the public as much the 111th.
No Congress since the 1960s has impacted the public as much as the outgoing ‘lame duck’ 111th Congress. And the partisan hackery we’ve witnessed for the past two years makes this achievement that much more impressive.
The 111th Congress made more law affecting more Americans since the “Great Society” legislation of the 1960s.
For the first time since President Theodore Roosevelt began the quest for a national health-care system more than 100 years ago, the Democrat-led House and Senate took the biggest step toward achieving that goal by giving 32 million Americans access to insurance. Congress rewrote the rules for Wall Street in the most comprehensive way since the Great Depression. It spent more than $1.67 trillion to revive an economy on the verge of a depression, including tax cuts for most Americans, jobs for more than 3 million, construction of roads and bridges and investment in alternative energy; ended an almost two-decade ban against openly gay men and women serving in the military, and today ratified a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia.
Before adjournment today, Congress approved legislation to help rescuers and clean-up crews suffering from illnesses linked to the wreckage caused by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City. The Senate approved it on a voice vote, the House by a vote of 206-60. New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, in a statement, called it a “Christmas miracle.”
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Hopefully the voters will remember, and the progressives / moderates will take a moment to vote in 2012. Because I have a feeling the incoming GOP-Teaparty lawmakers of the 112th, under the directions of Mitch McConnell, plan to be a fiasco.
"I never understood the need to attack Rahm, and I won’t understand the need to attack Daley that I am sure is out there. The President is his own agent. All these attacks on Rahm felt like people were suggesting Obama can’t think for himself. He can, he does, and the decisions rest with him. Period. Hell, I don’t even remember who Bush’s Chief-of-Staff was, and Bush probably wasn’t making decisions. I’m sure that won’t stop the usual suspects from a two-year bitchfest, though. Besides, things are naturally going to shift more to the center/right regardless (is that possible), because we control one less chamber. That’s not defeatism, that’s reality.
#chief of staff
Regardless, considering the rogering Wall Street has given us the past couple of years, it’s been hard enough taking it in the ass while also having to listen to their perpetual whining. If Daley is the reach-around that finally shuts these jackasses up, I’ll be happy. Not to mention, Howard Dean and Robert Reich are down with the appointment, and that is good enough for me."
The Tucson Memorial: Do female conservative pundits ever take a break from being themselves? →
TPM: Some conservatives are upset over t-shirts bearing the logo “Together We Thrive: Tucson & America” that were handed out to attendees at [last] night’s memorial service in the McKale Center on the campus of the University Of Arizona here:
There were some conservatives were very put off by the “tone” of the memorial. One in particular sums that mess up best:
I guess they’ve never heard of Irish Wakes or New Orleans funerals — OR what about Bush’s “bullhorn moment” atop the rubble of the World Trade Center? Oh, well. It’s really impossible to understand, let alone communicate with, such hate-filled and fueled people.
Dave Weigel expressed my thoughts about such criticism best:
I also agree with how Charles Johnson sums up the glaring difference between Palin and Obama yesterday:
Well, I just have one comment after watching the President’s speech: what an enormous contrast with Sarah Palin’s shallow statement. A Grand Canyon of contrast.
And Bob Cesca on the ‘tone’ of the memorial:
The president’s address was, naturally, excellent. But I thought the audience participation was such an important accent to the event. It represented a community gathered in solidarity. The cheering and applause were the biggest “fuck you” imaginable to Loughner and everyone who thinks the use of firearms is a reasonable response to a trespass. This, as Richard Wolffe described it on Countdown last night, was a celebration of the heroes and a farewell to the victims. Meanwhile, there will be a time for solemn deference and, as we’ve already recognized, moments of silence for the fallen.
But last night? *clap clap clap*
Presidential vs. Pettiness:
In the span of a single news cycle, Republicans got a jarring reminder of two forces that could prevent them from retaking the presidency in next year.
At sunrise in the East on Wednesday, Sarah Palin demonstrated that she has little interest — or capacity — in moving beyond her brand of grievance-based politics. And at sundown in the West, Barack Obama reminded even his critics of his ability to rally disparate Americans around a message of reconciliation.
Palin was defiant, making the case in a taped speech she posted online why the nation’s heated political debate should continue unabated even after Saturday’s tragedy in Tucson. And, seeming to follow her own advice, she swung back at her opponents, deeming the inflammatory notion that she was in any way responsible for the shootings a “blood libel.”
Obama, speaking at a memorial service at the University of Arizona, summoned the country to honor the victims, and especially9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, by treating one another with more respect. “I want America to be as good as Christina imagined it,” he said.
Obama was presidential, fatherly, seeking to heal our nation in the midst of tragedy. Sarah’s focus was on herself. One day she’ll be lucky if she’s at least a footnote in a very ugly part of our history.