12 Jul 2010

James Taranto, over at the Wall Street Journal, has some great commentary on the difficulties that Democrats are facing in trying to woo back the swing vote in the upcoming midterms. He really hits the nail on the head when he goes after some of the Dems' public comments on what they need to do, apparently thinking that the problem is with the narrative, not with the substance of what they've done.Dems need to get, and fast, t...

12 Jul 2010

Independent candidate, for governor in Massachusetts, Tim Cahill is hitting back against attacks that have whittled his early strong showing in polls. Cahill, a former Democrat, bore the brunt of an early ad buy by the Republican Governors' Association, attacking his fiscal credentials. This took a toll on his polling numbers, but his campaign, which is currently the most well funded out of the three viable candidates, has begun...

12 Jul 2010

In an absolutely excellent column over at the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof wonders what might happen if they Palestinians took up the call of truly nonvoilent protest and disobedience. imagine if Palestinians stopped the rock-throwing and put female pacifists in the lead. What if 1,000 women sat down peacefully on a road to block access to an illegal Jewish settlement built on Palestinian farmland? What if the women allow...

12 Jul 2010

Brandon Greefe, on over at US News and World Report, touches on something that I don't think has been getting enough press. I'm really not sure why the Republicans, and moderate / deficit hawk Democrats, haven't hit on this more - perhaps because most of them aren't any better at understanding even the basics of economic theories either?Regardless, most of the time you hear someone in the media speaking about 'Keynesian econ...

11 Jul 2010

Diana Furchtgott-Roth (say that five times...) has dug up a real doosie, buried in the recesses of the financial regulation bill currently making its way through DC.In a post over at Real Clear Politics, she finds that there is a section of the bill that "race and gender employment ratios, if not quotas, must be observed by private financial institutions that do business with the government". Not only that, but this section ...

11 Jul 2010

In an interesting article cross posted on various sites, including The Hill, left winger Barney Frank, and right winger Ron Paul agree that we need to look at military spending for some spending reduction to work down the deficit.They make it clear that they aren't proposing cuts to anything involving troops in the field, but specifically mention our stance as acting global police and funding weapons programs that don't fit th...

09 Jul 2010

In a stereotypical example of how both parties filter the facts and only present fractions of the truth that fit into their narrow ideological talking points, we're hearing a lot of spin over what the government should, or shouldn't do about the potential stagnation in the economy and job market.What the Democrats have right is that people would like the government to do something to create jobs. Polls are clear on this poin...

08 Jul 2010

Just out of curiosity, I did a quick search to see if my site was listed on Google yet. Not surprisingly it is, as I set up my Adsense account just the other day and saw that Google had crawled my site, but I came across a very nice article, by David Ignatius at the Washington Post, literally titled 'Rise of the Center'.It would make for a good story if I said that I read this way back in November of 2005, and have been look...

08 Jul 2010

In a recent article in The Nation, Ari Berman discusses the meme that has been kicked around in the last few years that there is a demographic tidal wave coming that is going to usher in a new age of Democratic progressive dominance. If you remember, a lot of people had bought into this kind of nonsense idea a couple years back, after the 2006 takeover of DC by the Democrats, and the Obama phenomenon.How quickly things turn ...

08 Jul 2010

I was just thinking to myself just now that this is a great week to start a blog that will be tracking the rise of the center of American politics, with all that has been coming out about independents and centrists. But as I wrote that, it occurred to me that this isn't an abnormal week at all. Over the last few months, I've been digging around for high quality centrist and independent bloggers, columnists and organizations, si...