Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from October 2009

On Senate Cloture Process

October 30th, 2009 · Comments Off

Yesterday I wrote a long memo on the process surrounding the health care legislation in the Senate, focusing on cloture votes. It is up on the SEIU blog and is reprinted below. * * * The health care debate has been long and hard fought. As we near the time when we expect the Senate […]

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Tags: Congress · Health Care


October 29th, 2009 · Comments Off

This might actually be one of the biggest differences between President Obama and President Bush.  The AP notes: Obama’s predecessor, President George W. Bush, visited the families of hundreds of fallen soldiers but did not attend any military funerals or go to Dover to receive the coffins. Seeing the human consequences of a war are […]

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Tags: Barack Obama

Bringing Lobbyists Along

October 28th, 2009 · Comments Off

Sheryl Gay Stolberg really missed the point here: The story of these two lobbyists — a Republican who found favor with a Democratic White House and a Democrat on the outs — illustrates the complexities Mr. Obama faces in the health care endgame. The president had some early success in bringing industry on board. But […]

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Tags: Health Care

Benen on Milbank

October 27th, 2009 · Comments Off

Steve Benen is pretty spot-on in his spanking of Dana Milbank’s idiotic column attacking Harry Reid for caving to the left on the public option. Benen writes: Obviously, Milbank is entitled to his opinion. If he thinks Reid agreed to a public option compromise — a public plan with a state opt-out — primarily to […]

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Tags: Health Care · The Media

Breaking News

October 27th, 2009 · Comments Off

Dana Milbank is such a dick.

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Tags: The Media

It’s Easier This Way

October 26th, 2009 · Comments Off

I love to see that the adjudication of left/right political slant on blogs is being made based on whether an outlet reflexively supports Obama. It’s so much simpler this way!

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Tags: Blogs

Holy Crap

October 26th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I really don’t know what the New York Times’ editors are doing with Ross Douthat. Publicly pushing for a religious war between the Anglican-Catholic church and Islam is just nonsensical. It’s offensive. It’s stupid. And it’s clear that Douthat has absolutely no conception of the meaning of the words he puts to page. Calling for […]

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Tags: The Media

Cutting Pay, Wall St. vs Main St.

October 23rd, 2009 · 23 Comments

Joe Nocera of the New York Times has an article today on Obama administration pay czar Kenneth Feinberg’s efforts to rein in top executive pay at banks bailed out by the American taxpayer. You know, a story on the novel subject of accountability and transparency in American business, something that cuts as close to fiction […]

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Tags: Economy

Eviscerating Republican Bills of Attainder

October 23rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

Alan “Big D” Grayson’s exchange with Georgia Republican Paul Broun is pretty remarkable. First, Grayson absolutely schools Broun on the unconstitutionality of bills of attainder. Broun is reduced to repeatedly reading off of a talking points memo – on camera – to try to respond to Grayson’s Socratic line of questioning. Second, Grayson has yet […]

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Tags: Congress · Democrats · Republicans

Fox News Started This War

October 22nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

Media Matters has a great video, posted above, rebutting the idea that the Obama administration has started a war on Fox News. As anyone who’s actually waged Fox or paid attention to what they say and do, it’s clear that the war has been waged by the characters at Fox News for the entire tenure […]

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Tags: Republicans · The Media