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Matthew Kerbel on Netroots Activism Listen Live on Cranberry Radio Wednesday at 10AM PT/ 1PM ET It’s Convention Time! Four years ago we featured Raven Brooks on the eve of the 2012 Netroots Nation conference in Providence. Netroots Nation is convening next week, the Republican Convention will…
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Just as Democrats have grown increasingly worried about their chances of recapturing the White House, the Republicans have stepped in to reassert their claim to a defeat that is rightfully theirs. Grover Norquist endorsed as McCain’s running mate a Bush administration official whose performance has been characterized by fellow Republicans as “disastrous, “inept” and “not up to the job” . . . Condoleezza Rice.
Choosing Hope in the Primary
Santa Monica Daily Press
January 25, 2008.
What distinguishes Obama is his combining the “Audacity of Hope” with the bold daring of leadership. Unlike his opponents, in 2002 Obama had the vision and fortitude to stand up and oppose a war with Iraq recognizing that such a war would “require a U.S. occupation of undetermined costs, with undetermined consequences.” continued
The Torch Has Passed to Obama
January 28, 2008
Ultimately, it came down to a choice between Senator Obama’s message of hope and change and Senator Clinton’s message of competence and restoration. Clinton ’92 versus Clinton ’96. Voters in 1996, however, were reelecting the man from Hope they embraced four years earlier as he energized the party with a promise of new leadership that was “not mired in the politics of the past.” continued
John McCain’s Better Nation
Santa Monica Daily Press
February 28, 2008
McCain’s latest flip flop, so eagerly embraced by his new lap dog Sen. Lieberman, is a signal of what to expect in the fall campaign. Republicans will continue to present the false choice that we can either have security or be civilized � but not both continued
No Country for Old Poli-tricks
March 10, 2008
What is particularly unfortunate about this commercial is that it obscures the fact that not only have both Senators Clinton and Obama gained valuable national security experience . . . but both of them have more experience in this area than every President elected since Watergate (with the exception of the elder President Bush). continued
“High Noon” over Torture
March 14, 2008
Time after time the president has forced showdowns with the Democrats over seemingly esoteric . . . matters touching on national security. Once the battle is engaged, [Bush] begins a drumbeat of “we’re for protecting America, they’re not,” leaving the ambushed Democrats to attempt to debate the minutia of the issue over the din of the administration’s demagoguery. . . . This time, the President is returning to familiar ground — torture. continued
Obama and Generation Jones’ Moment
March 25, 2008
Obama is from Generation Jones, born in the shadow of fallen heroes, tempered by Watergate and disciplined by economic uncertainty. . . . Just as Senator Clinton represents the Baby Boom era and Senator McCain the Ice Age, Obama is the archetype of the Jonesers’ President.
Time after time the president has forced showdowns with the Democrats over seemingly esoteric . . . matters touching on national security. Once the battle is engaged, [Bush] begins a drumbeat of “we’re for protecting America, they’re not,” leaving the ambushed Democrats to attempt to debate the minutia of the issue over the din of the administration’s demagoguery. . . . This time, the President is returning to familiar ground — torture.
Safe in their ideological bunker and oblivious to the fact that their dream of a conservative epoch collapsed under the weight of its dogmatic excesses, cronyism and corruption, the right wing media’s true believers have lashed out with increased ferocity, recklessness and venom. Nothing illustrates this more than the completely fabricated story that Senator Obama “spent at least four years in a so-called Madrassa, or Muslim seminary, in Indonesia” and Dinesh D’Souza’s latest polemic The Enemy at Home blaming the American left for 9/11 – both of which may be a preview of what is to come over the next two years.
Although much has changed over the past 42 years, as today only one-third of voters identify themselves as Democrats, Kennedy’s passion and idealism continue to inspire his party at the same time as the release of the movie “Bobby” revives his message of hope. As the Democrats prepare to take control of Congress for the first time in 12 years, we can only wonder what Bobby would say to today’s Democrats.