Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

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Entries from October 2010

Olbermann on the Tea Party

October 29th, 2010 · Comments Off on Olbermann on the Tea Party

Brutal. Via FDL.

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Tags: Republicans

It’s In My Raccoon Wounds

October 29th, 2010 · Comments Off on It’s In My Raccoon Wounds

Paul Krugman clearly left his optimism behind when writing this column. I imagine the bolded part being read by Peter Griffin: Barring a huge upset, Republicans will take control of at least one house of Congress next week. How worried should we be by that prospect? Not very, say some pundits. After all, the last […]

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Tags: Elections · Republicans

Obama’s Filibuster Messaging

October 28th, 2010 · Comments Off on Obama’s Filibuster Messaging

This is the most powerful messaging around the need for Senate rules reform that I have seen: Q On that same issue, because a lot of progressives — and you said you’re not the king — well, a lot of progressives feel that senators, especially in the minority they think — we call them the […]

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Tags: Barack Obama


October 28th, 2010 · Comments Off on Awful

Why is Alessandra Stanley still allowed to write about politics? Lines like this make me want to pull my hair out: Mr. Stewart made other jokes on Wednesday, but it was actually more disconcerting to watch Mr. Stewart apply the standard liberal critique to Mr. Obama than it was to see the president of the […]

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Tags: The Media

Al Franken Rocks

October 27th, 2010 · Comments Off on Al Franken Rocks

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Tags: Democrats · Elections

Momentum in Alaska

October 27th, 2010 · Comments Off on Momentum in Alaska

Over at Daily Kos Joan McCarter has a really exciting post about the momentum Scott McAdams is showing in the Alaska Senate race against Tea Partier Joe Miller and Lisa Murkowski, who is displaying a Lieberman-like surge for personal power. McCarter publishes these internal numbers from the McAdams campaign: Scott will be close. The numbers […]

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Tags: Elections

Galbraith on the Middle Class

October 26th, 2010 · Comments Off on Galbraith on the Middle Class

James Galbraith has a must-read piece in Mother Jones on the attack on the middle class. He provides a stirring defense for Social Security, Medicare, and the importance of unions for the growth of the middle class. It’s really worth a read.

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Tags: Economy

Tea Party Savagery

October 26th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Creator of Fox News/Dick Morris-pushed ads suggests Media Matters employees be “curbstomped”, 9/2/10: A Republican strategist behind conservative ad campaigns fundraised for on Fox News by “Fox News political analyst” Dick Morris recently asked why the Media Matters “boys don’t get curbstomped fortnightly.” In a September 2 tweet, Rick Wilson, who owns the political consulting firm Intrepid Media, wrote: “Aside from […]

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Tags: Republicans

Berman: Boot the Blue Dogs

October 25th, 2010 · Comments Off on Berman: Boot the Blue Dogs

Over the weekend, journalist Ari Berman had an op-ed in the New York Times titled “Boot the Blue Dogs.” Berman writes: Democrats would be in better shape, and would accomplish more, with a smaller and more ideologically cohesive caucus. It’s a sentiment that even Mr. Dean now echoes. “Having a big, open-tent Democratic Party is […]

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Tags: Democrats

Nightmare Scenario

October 25th, 2010 · Comments Off on Nightmare Scenario

New York Magazine has a truly horrific thought experiment about the 2012 presidential election and how Michael Bloomberg’s entry as a third party candidate could throw the election to the Republican nominee, presumably Sarah Palin. The magazine supposes that were Palin to get the Republican nomination, Bloomberg would run as an independent. The problem I […]

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Tags: Elections · Sarah Palin