Taking a cue from the pages of Superman, Lawrence O'Donnell lambasted the mainstream media Wednesday night for their failure to cover the Third Parties debate and for failing to address this little nightmare: Imagine if Congress passed a bill that the president signed that allowed indefinite detention without charge or trial. That would be issue … Continue reading Lawrence O’Donnell Takes Off The Gloves: National Defense Authorization Act, Soft Journalism, and the Spoonfed Two Party System
But it isn’t just Obama’s flaws that are making this race interesting. Mitt Romney might not be the most charismatic candidate, but that’s a hidden strength in an election that’s all about competence and getting back to the basics of what once made America work so well. This week, the pro-Obama journalist Andrew Sullivan wrote … Continue reading The Good Old Days Weren’t Always Good: A Transatlantic Reminder to Tim Stanley
Coke is better than Pepsi. The National League is superior. Heinz > Hunts. The Democrat and Republican brands at the national level? Both unappealing. The populist, rational elements in the Tea Party and Occupy movements? More aligned than everyone who benefits from the "your two choices are" narrative wants to admit. (Everyone like both national … Continue reading False Choices Aren’t Choices: What If Athens Had the Internet?
A few days ago, I posted a link to this piece by Lawrence Lessig. It's something of a love letter to Newt Gingrich in which Lessig blames the former Speaker for most of Washington's current dysfunction. According to Lessig, Newt was the architect of the current winner-take-all, reelection obsessed profanities posing as politics. I'm not … Continue reading Superman, Mark Twain, and Lawrence Lessig: Congress Is The Light That Never Goes On
This is from 2011. I actually met Newt Gingrich in 2000 when I was an intern at ABC News. The former Speaker has done and said many things since this post that would probably color how I would write it now. But these thoughts below are in the context of the 2012 GOP primaries. That … Continue reading Did NPR Just Endorse Newt Gingrich?
Do Ward Sutton and folks at the Village Voice read The Daily Cocca? You know I like to think so. Finally, there's proof. Via Graphic Policy: See 7 more designs at "Washington DC Reboot" via the Village Voice. We anticipated as much here on November 1. In related news, NPR basically endorsed Newt Gingrich yesterday, … Continue reading Ward Sutton and the Village Voice Illustrate The Daily Cocca? (I Did See Michael Musto on a Bike in Chelsea Once)
Who is the American Middle that has the power to make the 2012 election something different? Most people reading this post. That huge nexus of overlap between the responsible Tea Partiers and the responsible Occupiers. The employed. The unemployed. The insured and uninsured. Homebuilders and homeless. Students with too much debt, families without enough food. … Continue reading Who Is the American Middle? Almost Everyone You’ve Ever Known Is Crazy (but Might Not Know it Yet)