Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from June 2009

Loyalty vs. Loyal Opposition

June 30th, 2009 · Comments Off on Loyalty vs. Loyal Opposition

When an official in the White House says, “It’s “stunning that he would ignore the wishes not just of his president, but of his constituents and the country,” you know someone has fundamentally confused the distinction between loyalty and loyal opposition. Glenn Greenwald states the obvious while discussing this somewhat perverse and anti-democratic quote from […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats

Your Crack Is Showing

June 29th, 2009 · Comments Off on Your Crack Is Showing

Oh boy, prepare yourselves for the latest edition from Peter Schiff’s Not Ready For Prime Time File. In a blog post on TakiMag.com, Schiff lays out some of his key policy views that we’d likely see if he runs for Senate, namely opposing regulating greenhouse emissions to curb global warming and providing healthcare for all […]

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Tags: Elections · Republicans


June 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Does anyone recall when you invited Ross Douthat into your bedroom? I can’t.

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Tags: The Media

New & Improvement Chinese Internet Censorship

June 26th, 2009 · Comments Off on New & Improvement Chinese Internet Censorship

Keith Bradsher of the New York Times reports on the growth of censorship of the internet by the Chinese government and the close connection between efforts to monitor and censor pornography and political thought online. This comes at a time when the Chinese government has already received much international attention for its Green Dam-Youth Escort […]

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Tags: Tibet & China


June 25th, 2009 · Comments Off on Exactly

Congesswoman Lynn Woolsey and liberals in the House seem to get it on healthcare reform. Roll Call reports: House liberals are warning the Senate, Democratic leaders and President Barack Obama that a government-run insurance option must be included in any health reform bill, or else the powerful bloc will vote it down. “Usually, we work […]

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Tags: Democrats · Health Care

What Constitutes Success in Healthcare Reform?

June 25th, 2009 · Comments Off on What Constitutes Success in Healthcare Reform?

As the healthcare debate continues unfold and legislative resolutions continue to take longer to produce, I can’t help but wonder what the Obama administration and Congressional Democrats are going to view as constituting success. The Senate HELP Committee has extended markup on their legislation and they now won’t be considering the coverage parts of legislation, […]

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Tags: Health Care

Hindsight & Political Physics

June 24th, 2009 · 3 Comments

The New York Times profile of Senator Max Baucus and his role leading the Finance Committee towards a healthcare reform bill contains an infuriating nugget of strategic hindsight. He conceded that it was a mistake to rule out a fully government-run health system, or a “single-payer plan,” not because he supports it but because doing […]

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Tags: Democrats · Health Care

Tibetan Jailed for Content of Text Messages

June 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off on Tibetan Jailed for Content of Text Messages

The Dui Hua Foundation has translated documents from the indictment and verdict of a Tibetan tour guide, Gonpo Tserang, who has been jailed for three years for text messages he sent during the spring 2008 national uprising in Tibet. These messages, which prosecutors claim “distorted the facts and true situation regarding social stability in the […]

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Tags: Tibet & China

Congressional Healthcare

June 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off on Congressional Healthcare

The way things are going, I think there is going to be a lot of clamoring to remove healthcare benefits from compensation for serving as a Senator or Congressman. Multimillionaires with lifetime access to top-of-the-line care are not showing themselves to be well suited to make decisions about what sort of healthcare coverage is available […]

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Tags: Health Care

Dodd Now In Favor of Marriage Equality

June 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off on Dodd Now In Favor of Marriage Equality

This is great news. Dodd is now where he should be on marriage equality. I’m very proud of him for this. His willingness to re-evaluate his beliefs should be a model for other elected officials nationwide. My young daughters are growing up in a different reality than I did. Our family knows many same-sex couples […]

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Tags: Chris Dodd · Human Rights