NewsReal Blog Book Club: What ACORN-Slayer Matthew Vadum Has Been Reading Lately


Matthew Vadum is one of NRB’s most longstanding contributors. Here’s what he’s been reading lately:
The Tragedy of American Compassion
Poor People’s Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail
The New New Left: How American Politics Works Today
Obamanomics: How Barack Obama Is Bankrupting You and Enriching His Wall Street Friends, Corporate Lobbyists, and Union Bosses
The Warm Bucket Brigade: [...]

Repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: Smart Politics, But What About Implementation?


With tanking poll numbers, his key policy initiative in shambles, and once impenetrable Democratic seats feeling the strange, terrifying prospect of competition, there seems to be a tragic-yet-inescapable truth about our super-cool, genius president who was once “sort of God”:
Frankly, it kind of sucks to be Barack Obama right about now.
The President isn’t out of [...]

Jon Keller: The Backlash Is Coming! The Backlash Is Coming! – WSJ.com


With characteristic hubris, people in this state like to think they’ve been at the leading edge of American politics since the “shot heard ’round the world” in 1775. And in the past few years, we’ve given the nation a preview of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign with Deval Patrick’s successful 2006 bid for governor; provided a […]

“Lieberman” Joins “Chee-ney” as Chris Matthews Sneer Word


Chris Matthews would undoubtedly bristle at being thought of as part of the Hard Left.  But this once reasonable liberal has succumbed—perhaps to the pressure of being the lowest-rated evening host on the increasingly radical MSNBC?—to adopting tactics reserved for radicals.  Namely: the criminalization of policy differences, and attempting to discredit and destroy one-time allies [...]

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It’s now Democrat vs. Democrat on health care – AP


It’s one of the oldest spectator sports in American politics: Democrat vs. Democrat. Welcome to the health care overhaul edition. With just days remaining to prove that they can meet a self-imposed Christmas deadline and pass President Barack Obama’s signature initiative through the Senate, Democrats seeking a rendezvous with history instead detoured to an intraparty […]