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  • Bigger Media Matt

    Congratulations are in order to Matt Yglesias , who's closing down his site and thus reducing my competition. ... ... ... Okay, he's really just moving. Scared you though, didn't I? Matt's been bought out by Josh Marshall's TPM Cafe, where he'll have a solo site hosted on their servers and backed by the increased credibility and visibility provided by Josh Marshall's imprimatur. So congratulations to him, it's a terrific move that should make the guy ever more visible and give me ever more to live up to as the next American Prospect fellow to emerge from Blogland. Actually, putting it that way -- never mind. Bastard couldn't even let me get started before upping the bar.
  • The Country Veers Right...

    Wow. Excuse my lapse into Brad DeLongism, but the Washington Post's Jim Vanderhei is getting shrill : The campaign to prevent the Senate filibuster of the president's judicial nominations was simply the latest and most public example of similar transformations in Congress and the executive branch stretching back a decade. The common theme is to consolidate influence in a small circle of Republicans and to marginalize dissenting voices that would try to impede a conservative agenda. House Republicans, for instance, discarded the seniority system and limited the independence and prerogatives of committee chairmen. The result is a chamber effectively run by a handful of GOP leaders. At the White House, Bush has tightened the reins on Cabinet members, centralizing the most important decisions among a tight group of West Wing loyalists. With the strong encouragement of Vice President Cheney, he has also moved to expand the amount of executive branch information that can be legally shielded...
  • No on Bolton

    Democrats voted to reject cloture on Bolton, in other words, they're filibustering him until they get the NSA intercepts and other documents that have thus far been withheld. Looks like the opposition party has decided against going quietly into the sweet night. Good for them. Indeed, I think this may be more important than it appears on first glance. Aside from the obvious utility of holding up Bolton, the power balance in the post-compromise Senate was really up for grabs. The language of the resolution was so vague as to make it entirely possible that Republican moderates, and thus the Republican majority, had actually increased their power over the Democrats, that they could demand "good behavior" in return for abiding by the compromise. Rejecting Bolton -- with a filibuster no less! -- proves that the Democrats don't see what happened in the judicial fight as binding them in future confrontations. They're still on the attack and Frist is still stuck pathetically calling for...
  • Fun Fact of the Day

    There was a time in this country when corporations sought not to cut and run from pension plans, shift health costs onto employees, and shortchange their workers. Indeed, their was a time when companies sought to invest in their workforces, under the assumption that their workforces would respond in kind. This comes from page 23 Of Robert Collins' More : The relationship between General Motors and the United Automobile Workers exemplified the new turn in class relations. General Motors had embarked on a massive $2.5 billion post-war expansion program designed to boost production by more than 50 percent over prewar levels, building new plants in California, Texas, Ohio, and New York and increasing its blue-collar workforce by 25 percent. To safeguard this expansion, GM needed stability and predictability. On the other side, the UAW wanted higher pay, better benefits, and relief from the press of post-war inflation. In 1948, GM and the UAW agreed on a contract incorporation both a...
  • Clark Comes Back

    Via The Carpetbagger we get a Roll Call article on Wesley Clark's continuing efforts to insinuate himself into the national Democratic structure as the go-to guy on national security. As The Bagger says: The implications in the 2008 race are obvious, and the article notes that Clark is continuing to cultivate his relationships with key Dem leaders, including Reps. Charlie Rangel (N.Y.) and Rahm Emanuel (Ill.). Of course, it’s not just beltway activities either — Clark is maintaining a busy speaking schedule with Dems across the country, including a speech next month at the annual Flag Day Dinner of the Manchester City Democratic Committee in New Hampshire. Indeed, the article suggests that Clark retains a surprising depth of support within the Democratic establishment. Rangel says, on the record, that Clark would have won the election, while Tom Harkin, the article implies, wanted to endorse him in Iowa up until he pulled out. Speculation for the next round seems to settle on Hillary...
  • Think Forward

    Kenny Baer's got a piece over at TNR raising the alarm over erosion in the Jewish vote. According to exit polls, there really isn't any erosion in the Jewish vote, but as Baer convincingly argues, that may not actually be true. In any case, it doesn't matter. At this point, it's really not about keeping the old band together. The sad fact is that the Democratic party is, if current demographic and voting patterns hold, marching straight towards obsolescence. Check out this chart of projected changes in the electoral college due to population growth. The South is growing. The Northeast is shrinking. In 2004, we got 252 electoral votes to the Republican's 286. In 2012, the same state breakdown would give them 290 votes, and us 248. 2024 would would make it 299 to 239, and 2032 would give us 235 electoral votes to their 303. The trends, one might safely say, are not in our favor. Fighting to retain Jews in New York, which is what Baer's talking about, isn't really worth our time. We're...
  • Explaining the Deal

    David Corn sat in on Dick Durbin explaining the filibuster deal and he's come out with a good write-up of the senator's rationale. Durbin's disappointed, so those of you who found the halfway measure distasteful can rest easy in Dick's arms. But he's also resigned. According to him, we didn't have the votes to stop the nuclear option, and a senate shutdown would be a very, very hard PR battle to win. The best case scenario, certainly, was voting the option down. But once that proved out of reach, this was second best for the Democrats.
  • New Plan

    John Thune's victory over Tom Daschle was won, in large part, on the rationale that a South Dakota senator allied with the White House could do more for the state. The centerpiece of the claim was that Rove's enmity towards the then-minority leader would spur him to close Ellsworth Air Force base, while Thune's election would halt that process. Thune beat Daschle, but the base is still being closed. So what's a freshmen senator to do? Vote against everything the president cares about. And leak it to the New York Times . First on Thune's shit list is Bolton, who, contrary to past statements, he's now leaning against. So welcome aboard, John Thune. You're a small, petty man whose campaign was a lie, but right now you're a vote against Bolton and I love you for it.
  • The President's Incredible Vanishing Convictions

    This week's New Yorker has a fawning profile on McCain, one of those looong cover stories underscoring his deep commitment to honesty, noble way, rugged good looks, and long-lived mother (I'm not kidding). Strangely enough, it also had something very interesting. When McCain ran in 2000, he received Gary Bauer's endorsement. Bauer, of course, is the hardcore Christian who ran for the Republican nomination, and his word carries weight. Now why did McCain get it, rather than committed evangelical George W. Bush? Apparently Bauer asked both candidates to pledge that their Supreme Court nominees would be pro-life. McCain agreed. Bush said he refused to have a litmus test. Bauer backs up this account, as do friends of McCain. Huh? I'd be inclined to dismiss the tale except for the simple fact that McCain did indeed receive Bauer's endorsement, while Robertson and Falwell, modern-day Mammons that they are, went with Bush because of McCain's ardent support of campaign finance reform. This...
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