31 May 2008

A Little Civility, Please, Lanny…

I saw Lanny Davis in the lobby here at the Rules Committee meeting. I had my video camera and I wanted to ask him what he thought of his good friend Joe Lieberman who is now running around saying Barack Obama is the candidate of choice of Hamas. But steam was coming out of Lanny’s ears and it didn’t seem like the best of times…

45
31 May 2008

Stephen Colbert interviews FRC's Tony Perkins

I forgot to post this gem – Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council delivers his response to the California Supreme Court ruling on marriage to Stephen Colbert. Ah, Tony’s a real masochist — who knew?  PageOneQ: “I’ve read the constitution forwards and backwards,” Colbert continued, “and I see nothing

20
31 May 2008

RBC, the Early Evening Edition

We will deal with Florida first, then Michigan. Limited debate.

Alice Huffman is speaking in support of her proposal to seat all of Florida. She got so much mail in support of seating Florida.

David McDonald opposing this motion, because it asks to go back to a time before it was complicated by campaign interests.

302
31 May 2008

Two Questions about Today’s Deliberations on Florida and Michigan

1. Why did they decide about just doing a re-vote in both states? 2. Why, when the DNC made a new “rule” that Nevada and South Carolina would be inserted between Iowa and New Hampshire, and New Hampshire disregarded that rule and moved its primary up in time to keep

5
31 May 2008

A Little Civility, Please, Lanny

I saw Lanny Davis in the lobby here at the Rules Committee meeting. I had my little video camera and I wanted to ask him what he thought of his good friend Joe Lieberman who was now running around saying Barack Obama is a member of Hamas. But steam was coming out of Lanny’s ears and it didn’t seem like the best of times.

Anger just isn’t the way, Lanny. Politics is a gentleman’s game, part of the fine tradition of Cicero and the great orators. We lower ourselves and our American ideals when we lose our temper and engage in this kind of coarse, angry, spittle-flecked vitriol.

I really wanted to introduce myself and give him a hail-fellow-well-met over Lieberman’s senate victory (something he is no doubt proud of), but I have to say I feared for my very safety lest I approach him and he not be able to control his terrible temper.

Oh for shame.

84
31 May 2008

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Charles R. Morris: The Trillion Dollar Meltdown: Easy Money, High Rollers, and the Great Credit Crash

When I was asked if I’d like to review Charles R. Morris’s The Trillion Dollar Meltdown, I replied “why not, it’s a book I should have already read anyway.” I’m glad to be able to say that I was right, unless you’ve been intimately involved in financial markets for the past two or three decades, Morris’s book has something to teach you about why the current financial crisis is happening.

154
31 May 2008

Liveblogging the Rules Meeting — When You Break for Lunch at 3PM…

We’re still waiting in the RBC members to return. Remember–they had lunch together, and there’s the sense that they’re close on at least FL, though probably not MI. But there’s also the question of whether they decide the FL challenge before deciding the MI one. After all, if they seat MI at full strength, they’d have to seat FL at full strength … wouldn’t they?

0
31 May 2008

The Jena 6: Will Their Biased Judge Be Recused?

he six young people facing trial on a variety of charges in Jena, Louisiana, are now awaiting word on whether their effort to have the white judge at the center of the controversy over their prosecution recused. Yesterday a hearing on the recusal at least gave them some hope of a fair trial, though not a speedy one….

7
31 May 2008

When You Break for Lunch at 3PM…

Waiting on the RBC members.

213
31 May 2008

Blogging for LGBT Families Day

A gentle reminder that the third annual Blogging for LGBT Families Day is this Monday, June 2. Full details are here; the short version is: blog in support of LGBT families on or before June 2, and send me the link. I’ll compile and showcase them at Mombian. I’m already

0