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From the Washington Post:

The fervent courtship [between Obama and Congressional Republicans] is turning the debate on the economic package into a test of whether the Obama White House can put an end to years of distrust between the parties and overcome their recent inability to shape consensus legislation.

Isn’t it funny that when the GOP controlled both the legislative and executive branches the Washington Post and the rest of the “news” media cared neither a jot nor a tittle for consensus?

When Republicans routinely refused to inform Democrats when and where committee meetings were being held or refused to allow (or severely limited) Democrats who made it to those committee meetings a chance to speak, or when Republicans refused to allow Democrats their right to offer amendments to legislation, consensus was not very high on the Post’s — or the rest of the media’s — agenda. For the most part, the so-called liberal media failed to cover the GOP’s disenfranchisement of Congressional Democrats and, by extension, their constituents. Now that the Democratic Party controls the White House and Congress, “consensus” (which is code for giving Republicans whatever the fuck they want) is suddenly all important.

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What Arthur said.

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I must admit that if I’ve heard of Gail Collins before tonight (or this morning, as it were) I have no recollection of it, but as of now I completely and TOTALLY heart her — although I can only imagine how many death threats the NYT is receiving on her behalf from the Radical Reich.

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Just a couple of thoughts on this:

— Remember when the Obama campaign’s Greg (“Judas”) Craig did a hatchet-job on Clinton when she stated that she had more foreign policy experience than Obama did? Now Obama wants to give her America’s top foreign policy position. As if we needed more proof that Obama ran a dirty campaign and that Greg Craig was full of shit. At least it’s a nice slap in Craig’s face; for months, rumor had it that Craig would be tapped for the position.

— I sense that Joe Biden, a strong supporter of Senator Clinton’s, is behind this. If that pans out, I will dislike him a little less. Just a little.

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Earlier I noted that Harry Reid can’t touch Joe Lieberman. And guess what? I was right:

President-elect Barack Obama has informed party officials that he wants Joe Lieberman to continue caucusing with the Democrats in the 111th Congress, Senate aides tell the Huffington Post.

I hope the pro-Obama zealots who’ve routinely proclaimed that he’s an uber-liberal who was just masquerading as a centrist all these months are realizing what asshats they’ve been, but somehow I doubt they’re that intelligent.

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Smells like the same old shit to me.

There is absolutely no — zero, zip, nada — NO reason to keep criminals like Robert Mueller, Ben Bernanke, and Michael Mullen; these Republicans are part of the most corrupt band of thugs to ever occupy America’s executive branch of government and they will seek to undermine everything that a Democratic administration could and should want to implement.

Then again, Obama hasn’t really seemed all that interested in being a Democrat, has he? He cares more about being a “centrist” (meaning he wants to play both parties against each other so that neither has any leverage against him).

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California’s passage of Proposition 8 certainly got a lot of help from members of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Bigots, but African-American and Hispanic bigots were the deciding factor in stripping a minority of their civil rights:

Weston, 44, is one of an overwhelming number – 70 percent – of black voters in California who voted for Proposition 8 and helped secure its passage, according to exit polling conducted by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International.

African Americans, energized by Barack Obama’s presidential bid, boosted their numbers at the polls this year to 10 percent of the state’s electorate, up from 6 percent in 2004.

“The Obama people were thrilled to turn out high percentages of African Americans, but [Proposition 8] literally wouldn’t have passed without those voters,” said Gary Dietrich, president of Citizen Voice, a nonpartisan voter awareness organization.

Latinos were 18 percent of California’s voters, and through sheer numbers also contributed to Proposition 8’s success. But 53 percent of Latino voters supported the measure, a much lower percentage than black voters. Among white and Asian voters, 49 percent voted for the measure.

I doubt there’s anything that Obama could have done to persuade these constituencies to set aside their religious bigotry, but it would have been nice if he’d tried instead of sending messages via right-wing, anti-gay, pro-Bush gospel singer Donnie McClurkin that it was okay to be a bigot.

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