Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from September 2010

Pure Deception

September 30th, 2010 · Comments Off

Eric Boehlert’s piece on the sad state of the right wing media in the wake of yesterday’s revelations about James O’Keefe’s plans to sexually assault a CNN reporter as a “prank” is a must-read. With O’Keefe, Boehlert sees a recognition that the right doesn’t even care about having the patina of truthiness in their work […]

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Tags: Republicans

Daou & Attributing Blame to Liberal Bloggers

September 29th, 2010 · Comments Off

Peter Daou has a follow-up to his piece on Obama and the blogs yesterday. He makes a couple points that I really don’t think stand up on their own any more. First, he continues to cite the critical writings of liberal bloggers like Glenn Greenwald, Marcy Wheeler and Jane Hamsher as contributing to a drop […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Blogs

Taibbi on the Tea Party

September 28th, 2010 · Comments Off

Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone, on the Tea Party: Vast forests have already been sacrificed to the public debate about the Tea Party: what it is, what it means, where it’s going. But after lengthy study of the phenomenon, I’ve concluded that the whole miserable narrative boils down to one stark fact: They’re full of […]

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Tags: Republicans

Daou on Bloggers & The Presidency

September 28th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Peter Daou makes some pretty interesting points his long and somewhat shrill look into “how a handful of liberal bloggers are bringing down the Obama presidency.” This is happening, Daou says, because key liberal bloggers are refusing to bend their principles to support the political agenda of the administration. Daou writes: The constant refrain that […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Blogs

Structurally Weak

September 27th, 2010 · Comments Off

Paul Krugman’s column today really shows that the only structural problems that exist in our economy today are in the inability of policy makers to confront the employment crisis through bold action. Krugman writes, ” We aren’t suffering from a shortage of needed skills; we’re suffering from a lack of policy resolve. As I said, […]

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Tags: Economy

Singly Assured Destruction

September 23rd, 2010 · Comments Off

Ryan Grim of Huffington Post reports: Senate Democrats are looking to punt the tax-cut debate past the November elections, facing pushback on voting from Democrats facing election in 2010, senior Democratic aides say. The party will gather this afternoon for a caucus-wide meeting to set the pre-election agenda, but it appears increasingly unlikely that it […]

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Tags: Democrats · Economy · Elections

Epic FAIL

September 23rd, 2010 · 1 Comment

Bank of America is trying to foreclose on a property in Florida that doesn’t even have a mortgage and was purchased for cash. Barry Ritholtz writes: Freeze the Florida foreclosure mills. IF A COURT CAN FORECLOSE ON A HOUSE WITHOUT A MORTGAGE, THERE IS SOMETHING TERRIBLY FATALLY WRONG WITH THAT COURT SYSTEM. They are administratively […]

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Tags: Economy

What Digby Said

September 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off

This is probably the best thing I’ve read about Democratic base discontent and how elected officials are failing to understand and act in response to the economic crisis facing our country. Naturally it was written by Digby.

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Tags: Democrats · Economy

Our Lives & Probably Our Kids’ Lives

September 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off

General David Petraeus, as quoted in a book by Bob Woodward, being released in fall 2010: Woodward quotes Petraeus as saying, “You have to recognize also that I don’t think you win this war. I think you keep fighting. It’s a little bit like Iraq, actually. . . . Yes, there has been enormous progress […]

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Tags: Afghanistan

Back to Journalism

September 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off

I think Steve Benen’s take on the move by Peter Goodman from the NY Times to the Huffington Post is an interesting one. I don’t know why the standard operating procedure for the mainstream press has become one where reporters can repeat what two sides are saying in a controversy, but not say which one […]

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Tags: The Media