Category Archives: Consensus

Nonviolence And Politics

Nonviolent civil disobedience works by exposing the aggressor. The opposition party lockstepped so much that the media consensus has turned and the president’s approval numbers are going up. Continue reading

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Speak Softly And Carry A Big Stick

From WaPo, a background article on the Obama administration’s quiescent approach to gay rights issues: Soon after Obama’s election, staffers from the Human Rights Campaign presented the transition team with a list of 70 actions the president could take without … Continue reading

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Lagging Indicators

From Sam Stein at HuffPo: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pledged on Wednesday to take a serious look at revising the filibuster rules at the beginning of the next Congress, calling the current level of obstruction in the Senate … Continue reading

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Nonviolent Reform

A few months ago, Booman noted the difficulties and complexities of getting health care reform passed. In doing so, he pointed out some inconvenient truths about the process — truths that, upon annoying the lefty ‘sphere with their truthfulness, invoked … Continue reading

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Wheat-From-Chaff: Deficit Reduction

The chaff is settling. If the Democrats cannot muster a 60-vote majority in the Senate then they must pursue majority rule; Evan Bayh has chosen not to take part in that. Meanwhile, the GOP’s two-faced approach to jobs is mirrored … Continue reading

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Wheat From Chaff

We’ll be seeing more of this: Reid said that the Senate will have the opportunity to take up other job-creation provisions in the future once this first bill passes. “The answer is not to do nothing,” Reid says in prepared … Continue reading

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Whip Count

Harry Reid joined the whip count Friday and pledged to support a public option via reconciliation. He might have started a whip count for reconciliation in September or December; but if Obama couldn’t have bipartisan support, he wanted a consensus … Continue reading

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Afghanistan Preemption

Around Marjah, a preemptive wintertime offensive aims to nip the rumored Taliban spring offensive in the bud. What with the successful arrest of Mullah Baradar, there’s been an unusually-high level of Pakistani-American cooperation lately, too. From the NYT: ISLAMABAD, Pakistan … Continue reading

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11-D Chess Online

If Obama had written a health care bill a la Clinton 1993, that same fiasco would have happened all over again. So he chose the opposite strategy: identifying three key elements of reform, he described the same plan he’d envisioned … Continue reading

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The Full Nelson

So I got tweeted this FDL link to a complaint about Ben Nelson, who’s trying to pull an appointee-hold of his own. I have little good to say about Ben Nelson; but consider what happened to him last time. In … Continue reading

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Wheat From Chaff: A Visual

Republicans have blinked on appointments. The wheat-from-chaff technique requires a hard shake every now and then: “Mitch, this is unprecedented,” the president said, gesturing forcefully on the Cabinet Room table, according to aides. “If you don’t move any, I’m going … Continue reading

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