Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries Tagged as 'George W. Bush'

George W. Obama?

August 19th, 2011 · Comments Off

David Bromwich of TomDispatch has a long, thoughtful piece about the many disturbing places where the Obama administration has either directly continued or expanded upon policies with regard to war, surveillance, and government fealty to private corporations that were once considered unspeakably bad unto evil or unAmerican. While they policies have not improved with age [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Economy · George W. Bush · Rule of Law

What was prevented?

April 29th, 2011 · Comments Off

Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story includes a speech by President George W. Bush, September 24, 2008, in which he says: The government’s top economic experts warn that, without immediate action by Congress, America could slip into a financial panic and a distressing scenario would unfold. More banks could fail, including some in your community. The stock [...]

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Tags: Economy · George W. Bush

Republican Amnesia

January 8th, 2010 · Comments Off

Rudy Giuliani, 1/9/10: “What [Obama] should be doing is following the right things Bush did. One of the right things he did was treat this as a war on terror. We had no domestic attacks under Bush. We’ve had one under Obama,” Giuliani said. Former Bush Press Secretary Dana Perino, 11/24/09: “We did not have [...]

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Tags: George W. Bush · Republicans · Terrorism

Aravosis on Bush v Obama

December 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I’m traveling for work this week and totally booked in meetings, so my blogging is going to be very light. But I wanted to flag John Aravosis’s post from earlier today, “The GOP had at most 55 Senators during Bush’s presidency.” Aravosis is providing an important reminder that legislation, even controversial legislation or legislation relating [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · George W. Bush · Health Care

Ivy League

June 2nd, 2009 · Comments Off

This is just hilarious. In a Washington Post editorial defending Sonia Sotomayor’s distinguished record from attacks on her gender, intelligence, and race, there’s this gem of a quote. Former Bush adviser Karl Rove implicitly questioned Judge Sotomayor’s intelligence, saying in an interview with PBS host Charlie Rose that “I know lots of stupid people who [...]

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Tags: George W. Bush · Judiciary

On Political Capital

February 9th, 2009 · Comments Off

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what “political capital” means. Conventionally it’s thought of in a fairly similar fashion to gold coins collected in a video game that allow the possessor to buy a bigger sword or magic healing potion. The most dynamic conventional wisdom notes that political capital will disappear if not spent [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · George W. Bush

Parody, Thy Name Is Andrew Card

February 5th, 2009 · 1 Comment

It’s really hilarious to listen to someone who helped to douse the Constitution in gasoline and set a match to it complain about how a relaxed dress code in the Oval Office is disrespectful to the Constitution. You know your take on the execute branch is twisted when you care more about baroque codes of [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · George W. Bush

Parting Shots

January 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off

You know what, if the Bush team is unhappy that President Obama repudiated the last eight years’ failed policies and disastrous results (while not mentioning Bush by name), they can just deal with it. Bush, Cheney and a host of top administration officials may be spending the remainders of their life carefully choosing which countries [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · George W. Bush

Cowboy Schtick

January 16th, 2009 · Comments Off

Cenk Uygur wonders why the press never called out George Bush for faking his cowboy persona (or similarly, Fred Thompson). The answer is simple: Because reporters wish they could be able to be that guy. They want to be with the cool kid. So they protect Bush’s fake image in the hopes of getting a [...]

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Tags: George W. Bush · The Media

Krugman on Accountability

January 16th, 2009 · Comments Off

The Shrill One is shrill. And right. Why, then, shouldn’t we have an official inquiry into abuses during the Bush years? One answer you hear is that pursuing the truth would be divisive, that it would exacerbate partisanship. But if partisanship is so terrible, shouldn’t there be some penalty for the Bush administration’s politicization of [...]

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Tags: George W. Bush · Rule of Law