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David Sirota has done us all a great service by naming some names:  who's on the side of the people and who's on the side of the DC/KStreet Elites, or what he calls, the "Money Party?"

David has catchier names for part of what I discussed in this preelection post about our country's three party system.  I think my description of how American politics actually works is more accurate, but David's has the benefit of being simpler and easier to explain to people.  What he calls the "People Party," I call the "Grassroots Progressives."  His "Money Party" corresponds to my "DC/K Street Elites."  He does not include in his dialectic the Grassroots Theocrats I mention in some detail. 

But David has done a real service in naming names and, by offering rationales for his choices, has helped us further define the metrics and standards that define membership in either of his groups.  That's stellar work.   

David opens with:

The fact that our nation's politics is divided not between Democrats and Republicans but between the People Party and the Money Party is obvious to anyone who looks at the political system honestly (which is to say, not most journalists or Washington political hacks). Calls for "bipartisanship" and faux "centrism" that has nothing to do with the actual center of American public opinion are most often moves to prevent the political debate from analyzing the People vs. Money divide that actually fuels our politics. We already have plenty of "bipartisanship" – Republicans and a faction of Democrats who regularly join hands to screw over the vast majority of Americans.

Many people ask me who? Who are the leading members of both sides of the actual divide? The answer is that there is no official list because no one is forced to formally declare their allegiance to the People Party or the Money Party. But it is fairly obvious which lawmakers in the new majority have specifically defined themselves on economic justice issues. Though this is by no means a comprehensive list, here are the ones to watch in the coming Congress:

Where do the big name Dems shake out (or shake down)? Obama?  Hillary?  Schumer, Emanuel, Tauscher?  Feingold?  Tester?  Kerry?  Hoyer?  Lieberman?  Webb?  Others?  As the kids say, go read the whole thing.  Then come back and tell us what you think.  People may quibble with some marginal choices here or there, but this is a real help to moving the discussion forward.  David Sirota deserves great thanks.

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Pachacutec did not, as is commonly believed, die in 1471. To escape the tragic sight of his successors screwing up the Inca Empire he’d built, he fled east into the Amazon rain forest, where he began chewing lots of funky roots to get higher than Hunter Thompson ever dared. Oddly, these roots gave him not only a killer buzz, but also prolonged his life beyond what any other mortal has known, excluding Novakula. Whatever his doubts of the utility of living long enough to see old friends pop up in museums as mummies, or witness the bizarrely compelling spectacle of Katherine Harris, he’s learned a thing or two along the way. For one thing, he’s learned the importance of not letting morons run a country, having watched the Inca Empire suffer many civil wars requiring the eventual ruler to gain support from the priests and the national military. He now works during fleeting sober moments to build a vibrant progressive movement sufficiently strong and sustainable to drive a pointed stake through the heart of American “conservatism” forever. He enjoys a gay marriage, classic jazz and roots for the New York Mets.