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Calvinball bipartisanship

Salon used this picture to illustrate the ridiculousness of trying to reach some sort of bipartisan compromise on health care reform. Obviously, that’s Olympia Snowe, whose tepid endorsement of the insurance company giveaway called the Baucus bill doesn’t even insure a yes vote on the floor when a final bill…

And that’s why they invented the word ‘systemic’

From litbrit, here’s the softer, more liberal version of the “there is no such thing as racism anymore shuddup” whining: admit that there’s still racism, deny that it’s a legitimate problem. litbrit handles it well, but I want to address a very specific thing I see cropping up over and…

Stupid on purpose

The War Room examines Bill O’Reilly’s flip-flop on the public option. Apparently, one minute O’Reilly was saying that sounded like a good idea, and then he flipped around and got back on the approved script of calling it socialism and other such muckety-muck. I agree with Alex at the War…

Health care reform and domestic violence

Thanks to blogger spork_incident for bringing this to my attention. According to a press release for SEIU, 9 states allow insurance companies to consider domestic violence a pre-existing condition, and use that to deny insurance claims. Eight of the 16 major insurance companies have used this right to deny coverage…

Keith Olbermann KOs Joe ‘YOU LIE’ Wilson in Special Comment

KO let Wilson and the GOP have it in his Special Comment (transcript via C&L): And finally, as promised, a Special Comment about the shout of “You Lie” during the presidential address to the joint session of Congress last night on the matter of health care reform. The 43rd president…

Obama Of The Dead

Dude A gets assaulted by Dude B. Dude A, during the scuffle, bites Dude B’s finger off. A witness from the scene says a man was walking through the anti-reform group to get to the pro-reform side when he got into an altercation with the 65-year-old, who opposes health care…

The organic vs. the undeserving

Ed Kilgore has a really great must-read article about how the Republicans are pretending to be fans of Medicare to red-bait and race-bait elderly white people and others with good insurance on health care reform. It’s the same image of the “welfare queen” that Republicans (and neoliberals) have been humping…

If you can’t do it for the country, do it for yourselves

Ezra lays out the political realities for the Democrats to consider if they fuck up this health care bill: Centrist Democrats know what happened last time a popular young president failed in a massive push to reform the health-care system and lost his high public approval in the process. A…

Cranky old people didn’t come up with this on their own

Please, my liberal friends. I understand that you want to be generous people who assume that our opposition is capable of arguing in good faith, and Ross Douthat makes himself an appealing person to reach out to, because he will occasionally say not-crazy things. And you’ll be tempted to reprint…

We don’t need no water

During Obama’s campaign, the Fight The Smears website became a useful tool to push back against the right wing willingness to lie their heads off about anything for the slightest partisan gain. So it’s unsurprising that they’re going with the same strategy in pushing back against the scorched earth bullshit…

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