Tuesday, November 04, 2008


The nation is fed up with neoconservative imperialists, radical fundamentalists, and failed supply-siders.

There have been five large governing ideas in American history: the Founders created a federated republic on an unprecedented scale; Jefferson believed in a transcontinental nation; Lincoln asserted national unity over state's rights; Roosevelt established a national community; and Truman confirmed that security was international in scope.

1 comment:

MarcLord said...

I hate Rahm Emanuel. For being a shitty DCCC chair, for battling with Howard Dean over the 50-state strategy, doing everything possible to undermine it, then taking credit for it when it worked. "Less than pleased" would describe my feelings as chief of staff.

But then I thought, "what would Saul Alinsky do?" My hunch is it's a "keep your enemies closer" move. Obama took out a major, ongoing congressional headache and will have him scheduling meetings. Not to mention Emanuel might as well be the state of Israel.

Reading Giordano's far more informed take made it crystallize. Obama trusts Axelrod, Plouffe, Valerie Jarrett, and his wife. He doesn't need to trust Emanuel, who may be that hypoallergenic dog the girls were looking for.

Obama is one smart SOB. Co-opting a vicious oligarchy probably isn't going to work, but a guy who's read all of Kevin Phillips' books is precisely the guy you'd want for the job.