Monday, November 1, 2010

The Best Links From Nov 1, 2010 (US Politics Today)

The Moderate Voice agrees that many will see Republicans gains tomorrow as a vote of no confidence in President Obama, but makes a case against the idea.  The Moderate blames Democrats for failing to compromise, which is asinine.  I blame the Blue Dogs for failing to ally with their own party.  The author does recognize how damaging to the Republicans another culture war could/will be.  That conflict is inevitable at this point, thanks to folk like Palin and Limbaugh.

The Agonist uses Stewart's rally as a jumping off point for a thoughtful piece on partisanship, racism, critical thinking, why politics aren't transparent, and what the diminishing power of the Democratic party means for America.  I'm going to keep reading The Agonist blog, that was a solid article.

Taylor Marsh is keeping an eye of Sarah Palin's growing political clout:
Even after the silly doomsday predictions about Palin’s demise after she quit the governorship, which I never bought into, she turned the negative spin on its head. So, the politician who comes out of 2010 the strongest is Sarah Palin. That sound you just heard is the GOP establishment’s head exploding.
At this point it's official, she's really is one of the rights most valuable assets.  I'm fully expecting her to continue rallying the "family value" conservatives in the run up to 2012. 

NPR is making the same midterm election predictions everyone else is.  The House will fall to the Republicans, and the Democrats will probably hold the Senate.  They break down the numbers here. That second link is one of the clearest prediction rundowns I've seen.

The Daily Beast has a user friendly piece examining how effective the right's smear campaign against The Stimulus has been, and why the mainstream media has given up trying to correct public misconceptions about it.  It's frustrating because it's true.

The CS Monitor has a quick read about corruption in the United States Government, a subject anyone in favor of campaign finance reform already feels passionately about.  Read this piece from the Washington Post to find out just how much it costs to buy an election, and who's buying this one.

Wired wants you to know we're already fighting an undeclared war in Yemen.

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