Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from January 2009

Tom Geoghegan

January 31st, 2009 · Comments Off on Tom Geoghegan

True progressive Tom Geoghegan thanks the netroots for supporting his campaign and does a great job telling us what he’s all about. He’s been called the next Paul Wellstone and hearing him speak on issues like the bailout and labor rights, it’s pretty clear that the moniker may well be on the mark. Support Tom’s […]

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Tags: Democrats

Cheap Labor Conservatives

January 30th, 2009 · Comments Off on Cheap Labor Conservatives

A very fitting meme, actually. It started in 2003, but it really needs to be applied now. (Via Zuzu and Avedon)

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Tags: Republicans

Deep Thought

January 29th, 2009 · Comments Off on Deep Thought

Things look different when Democrats pass laws about women than when Republicans pass laws about women. The difference, it seems, is the presence of women.

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Tags: Democrats · Human Rights

WATBs Are…Whining

January 29th, 2009 · Comments Off on WATBs Are…Whining

One aspect of the bipartisanship fetishization that I haven’t really fleshed out yet is the extent to which Republicans will always pitch a fit if Democrats aren’t sufficiently accommodating to Republican legislative goals. Over at his new home, The Plum Line, Greg Sargent writes about Rep. Eric Cantor’s pearl-clutching complaints against Democratic interest groups’ ads […]

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Tags: Republicans

Bipartisanship, Writ Halperin

January 29th, 2009 · Comments Off on Bipartisanship, Writ Halperin

Steve Benen’s take down of Mark Halperin’s logical twister regarding the stimulus and bipartisanship is a must-read example of how the fetishization of bipartisanship is illogical and leads to anti-Democratic narratives. It’s absurd to argue that it was Obama’s responsibility to please the right wing of the House GOP caucus by throwing Democratic ideas — […]

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Tags: The Media

No One Could Have Predicted…

January 28th, 2009 · 2 Comments

As predicted, 100% of the Republican caucus in the House voted against the compromise laden stimulus bill. Good thing we put in tax cuts, took out spending on birth control, and didn’t push aggressive for health care, employee free choice, or infrastructure construction in order to win Republican support.

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Tags: Democrats · Republicans

New Crackdown in Tibet

January 28th, 2009 · Comments Off on New Crackdown in Tibet

The Washington Post reports that Tibet is still not free and Tibetans still live under the crushing weight of China’s ongoing military occupation: Chinese authorities carrying out a “strike hard” campaign in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa have raided thousands of homes and businesses, run checks on 5,766 suspects and detained at least 81 people, […]

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Tags: Tibet & China

Responding to Partisanship

January 28th, 2009 · Comments Off on Responding to Partisanship

This is simply remarkable, but entirely unsurprising. Republicans are likely not going to vote at all for the stimulus in the House, according to Rep. Castle. Rep. Mike Castle, R-Del., said there could be as many as 10 to 15 Republicans supporting the package, but added, “If I had to bet, I would bet zero. […]

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Tags: Democrats · Republicans

Simple Question

January 27th, 2009 · Comments Off on Simple Question

Bob Herbert asks a simple question: The question that I would like answered is why anyone listens to this crowd anymore. G.O.P. policies have been an absolute backbreaker for the middle class. (Forget the poor. Nobody talks about them anymore, not even the Democrats.) The G.O.P. has successfully engineered a wholesale redistribution of wealth to […]

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Tags: Democrats · Economy · Republicans


January 26th, 2009 · Comments Off on Bipartisanship

One of the things I’ve long written about was the extent over the last eight (but especially five) years the word “electability” was used in such a way in the press and with DC insiders as to make Republican base voters normative for all America. That is, a Republican candidate is electable if he or […]

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Tags: Republicans