Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries Tagged as 'Democrats'


December 5th, 2012 · Comments Off

Alex Pareene offers up some great strategic advise for Democrats in DC: If Democrats want to get the big pundits on their side, they should pull a Boehner and just name whatever it is they’re trying to pass “The Simpson Plan.” That should be the name they use when they reintroduce card-check. And cap-and-trade. Planned […]

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Tags: Congress · Democrats · Economy

Fake Dem Andrew Cuomo’s Very Bad News Cycle

November 19th, 2012 · Comments Off

First Chris Hayes of MSNBC absolutely obliterated NY Governor Andrew Cuomo for his refusal to intervene on behalf of the Democratic caucus in the NY State Senate. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Then Alex Pareene of Salon piled on: Cuomo doesn’t hide his conservative tendencies — they’re part […]

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Tags: Democrats · Elections

Fighting for jobs

October 11th, 2012 · Comments Off

David Dayen makes the astute point that Elizabeth Warren is succeeding in her Senate campaign by actually fighting for job creation. Dayen writes: Warren has not allowed the American Jobs Act to vanish. In every debate, she has brought up the trio of votes the Senate held on elements of the AJA, noting that Scott […]

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Tags: Democrats · Economy

Someone tell Michelle Rhee that Dan Malloy just isn’t that into her

September 28th, 2012 · Comments Off

Disgraced former DC schools chief Michelle Rhee is on a quixotic search to pretend she’s a Democrat in good standing, despite her pursuit of taking away workers’ rights and helping Republican governors bust teachers unions. In her Washington Post op-ed on how real Democrats support her education prioritization strategy, which reads like a Joe Lieberman op-ed arguing that real […]

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Tags: Democrats · Labor · Republicans

An accurate use of the word “cynicism” in politics

June 27th, 2012 · Comments Off

Matt Taibbi, in a highly enjoyable Q&A with the Village Voice about Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72, makes the rare move of accurately using the word “cynicism” to describe its appearance in American politics: I think a lot of what Occupy is is disappointed idealism. A lot of the […]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Barack Obama · Democrats

Those non-populist Democrats

June 27th, 2012 · Comments Off

Jonathan Martin of Politico asks: What the hell ever happened to populism in the Democratic Party? It was never there in the first place, at least not since the DLC grabbed control of the party in the 1980s. Bill Clinton was no populist. Al Gore was no populist. John Kerry was no populist (though at […]

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Tags: Democrats

Losing for campaigning like a Democrat

June 18th, 2012 · Comments Off

Rick Perlstein has a very good article in Rolling Stone about the failures of the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election. I think there are a lot of overlapping dimensions to the loss and Perlstein lays out a number of them in the piece. One of the more important aspects, though, is the tendency for Democrats to […]

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Tags: Democrats · Elections

Wisconsin Aftermath

June 6th, 2012 · Comments Off

I’ll be honest, after the labor-backed candidate for governor in Wisconsin lost the Democratic primary in a recall election that was happening because of an assault on workers’ rights and public sector unions, I paid significantly less attention to the race. And even before that, once the choice was made by labor unions and Democratic […]

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Tags: Democrats · Elections · Labor

Democratic Message Discipline

June 1st, 2012 · Comments Off

Democratic Party message discipline, as exemplified by defenses on Bain Capital and private equity. President Bill Clinton Cory Booker Ed Rendell Deval Patrick Harold Ford Jr. Let’s be clear. While these high level Democrats – most of whom are currently or have been in the past top-level surrogates for President Obama – are saying something […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · Elections

The absence of a desire for strong regulators

May 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off

Matt Stoller, writing at Naked Capitalism, has a really important observation about the two political parties and their shared lack of desire to have strong regulators looking at the banking sector. The hearing was about District Court Judge Jed Rakoff’s refusal to sustain the Citigroup settlement with the SEC.  What was interesting about it, from […]

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Tags: Democrats · Economy · Rule of Law