Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from October 2008

Stevens: “I haven’t been convicted of anything”

October 31st, 2008 · 3 Comments

Ted Stevens engages in what must be a late-in-the-game effort to break Begich voters’ jaws by causing them to hit the floor with previously unseen speeds that they remain hospitalized on election day: “I’ve not been convicted yet,” Stevens said Thursday in a meeting with the editorial board of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. “There’s not […]

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Tags: Republicans

Happy Halloween

October 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

…from the Obama campaign. Seriously, these folks are creative and I’m glad they’re having fun days before the election. *** [ Find Your Polling Place | Voting Info For Your State | Know Your Voting Rights | Report Voting Problems ]

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Tags: Barack Obama

Concern Trolling Perfection

October 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

A few days ago my friend Fred Gooltz wrote about the great steps media outlets are going to appear balanced and in so doing fail miserably to report fact in politics. Across town at the Old Gray Lady, the funniest headlines are the ones that try the hardest to not be criticized as liberal. The […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · The Media

The Palin-Giuliani Simulacrum

October 29th, 2008 · Comments Off

Maybe it’s not a worthwhile comparison, but for a few months after 9/11 Rudy Giuliani was a national celebrity. Those few months gave birth to a presidential campaign. Sarah Palin was a national celebrity for a few weeks following being picked as McCain’s running mate (and has since been defined by series of train wrecks […]

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Tags: Sarah Palin

The Obama Campaign in One Video

October 29th, 2008 · Comments Off

I’m fighting back tears watching this video of an Obama campaign named Charles from Boulder, Colorado. This video is a distillation of the entire Obama message — change, hope, bringing people together. But that’s not what makes it powerful. What makes it powerful is that unlike a campaign ad or debate soundbite, this is true, […]

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Tags: Barack Obama

Republicans Against Stevens

October 28th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Credit where credit is due – national Republicans have been pulling no punches when it comes to their reaction to Ted Stevens’ conviction on seven felony counts of corruption. Senator John McCain: “It is clear that Senator Stevens has broken his trust with the people and that he should now step down. I hope that […]

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Tags: Republicans

Forever Discredited

October 28th, 2008 · Comments Off

Nick Kristof really has no business writing about Sino-Tibetan relations. He has limited academic knowledge, effectively zero personal connections to Tibet, and never bothers to disclose that he’s married to a Chinese American woman. But frankly, all of that is miniscule in terms of what Kristof reveals of his personal biases in a post he […]

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Tags: Tibet & China

Stevens Can’t Vote for Himself

October 27th, 2008 · Comments Off

Stop the photo op! Markos reports: Alaska law:   I was convicted of a felony, but have served my time and am on probation. Can I register to vote? No. A convicted felon may not register to vote unless unconditionally discharged from custody. When you are no longer on probation, a copy of your discharge […]

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Tags: Republicans

Under the Bus

October 27th, 2008 · Comments Off

Ted Stevens’ current location, courtesy of NRSC Chair and Senate colleague John Ensign: National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman John Ensign (Nev.) offered a strong condemnation of Stevens and seemed to hint that this conviction would lead to his defeat. “This is a sad day for the United States Senate,” said Ensign. “Ted Stevens served […]

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Tags: Republicans

More on Ashley Todd

October 27th, 2008 · Comments Off

A lot was made of the Ashley Todd race baiting sexual assault hoax recently. This report, via Boing Boing, raises a whole new issue: In March, Ms. Todd was asked to leave a grass-roots group of Ron Paul supporters in Brazos County, Texas, group leader Dustan Costine said. He said Ms. Todd posed as a […]

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Tags: Republicans