Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from February 2008

Dems Must Use the Upper Hand on FISA

February 29th, 2008 · Comments Off

McJoan at Daily Kos: Now it’s not at all clear that this is legislative effort is actually happening or whether it’s a trial balloon or if it’s real. But whatever it is, it would be phenomenally stupid to try to enact. First, the House has already voted on the Senate bill, the Protect AT&T Act, […]

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Tags: Rule of Law

Rockefeller Endorses Obama

February 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Jay Rockefeller has endorsed Barack Obama. I sure hope Obama picks up the phone and tells Jello Jay to cut the crap on FISA. Obama now has leverage to ask Rockefeller to drop his efforts to get an anti-Constitution FISA bill through over the better House version of the bill.

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Tags: Barack Obama · Rule of Law

Heh, Indeedy

February 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Ben Smith reports on an Obama conference call: A reporter asked whether Clinton should drop out after Ohio and Texas. Obama adviser Richard Danzig responded: “I would encourage you on March 5 to call Sen. Clinton at 3 a.m. and ask that question.” In that case, I’d recommend Clinton combat the snarkiness of Danzig’ss statement […]

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Tags: Hillary Clinton

Sweet, Sweet Feminist Victory

February 29th, 2008 · Comments Off

The bloggers and readers of Feministing have scored a victory and convinced a t-shirt company to pull a sexist shirt. Via Hear Me Roar, we find out that David & Goliath has pulled the oh-so-funny rape t-shirt (at least online, it seems). First Wal-Mart’s panties and now this – we’re on a roll, folks! Good […]

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Tags: Human Rights

New DipDive Video

February 29th, 2008 · Comments Off

I think Hollywood has shown yet again that they are far more in tune to what is resonating with voters this year than the traditional, inside the Beltway ad makers who turned out Hillary Clinton’s fear mongering ad today. As a friend often says, the DipDive / will.i.am work shows how far ahead the entertainment […]

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Tags: Barack Obama

Clinton Campaign Grasping At Straws

February 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The only way I could take Hillary Clinton less seriously now would be if she had been pictured at the end of that ad holding this phone: The Obama campaign has a serious and effective response here.

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Tags: Hillary Clinton

Potential Deal Could Assure Retroactive Immunity

February 29th, 2008 · 31 Comments

This is from last night’s Congress Daily PM dispatch by Chris Strohm and Christian Bourge: To break an impasse over legislation overhauling the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, House Democratic leaders are considering the option of taking up a Senate-passed FISA bill in stages, congressional sources said today. Under the plan, the House would vote separately […]

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Tags: Rule of Law

Donohue on Hagee: “Biggest Anti-Catholic Bigot”

February 28th, 2008 · Comments Off

Glenn Greenwald interviews professionally outraged Catholic League President Bill Donahue. Donahue was last seen trying to get two Edwards campaign staffers fired for comments they’d authored on their blogs before being hired by Edwards. Apparently Donahue is now focusing his ire on John McCain’s new best friend, John Hagee. In the interview, Donohue made some […]

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Tags: John McCain

Truth in Advertising

February 28th, 2008 · Comments Off

Via BoingBoing, the Billboard Liberation Front takes on AT&T. Update:

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Tags: Rule of Law

Democracy 21 Remixes Statement, Now on McCain’s Side

February 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

This is shameful: Okay, I guess it was a punt. Fred Wertheimer and Democracy 21 make themselves completely irrelevant: Democracy 21 did not say that Senator John McCain cannot withdraw from the presidential primary public financing system until the Federal Election Commission makes a decision in this case. We said that the shut down of […]

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Tags: John McCain