February 13th, 2009

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Note to my fellow left-wing rubes

When the right-wingnuts yelp about the Fairness Doctrine, first realize that most of them don’t know what the Fairness Doctrine was, and confuse it with equal-time provisions, in which candidates for office are allowed to buy advertising time. Second, understand that, due to the plethora of media channels available nowadays, the Fairness Doctrine would be unconstitutional and also not very important.
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Thom Hartmann just played a phone message of some guy blaming Thom for selecting Bush by voting for Nader. I’m no fan of Nader-voters generally, but Thom effectively didn’t vote for Nader; he was voting for Green Party support, in a state, Vermont, that Gore was guaranteed to win. I think that in the past Thom has said he did a vote swap, though maybe he just meant that figuratively.

For some reason, this time Thom didn’t pull out the sophistries about how Nader wasn’t responsible for Bush. Indeed, Thom said he would be ashamed if he had voted for Nader in Florida he would be ashamed.

He says he agreed with what Nader was saying, though, which is the part that is hard for me to understand; Nader was and is, visibly, a skunk—just the sort of person who would congratulate Barack Obama by calling him an Uncle Tom. Most of what he was saying in 2000, that I heard, were manipulative lies. Heck, even his claim to be supporting third party politics turned out to be a lie.
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Is there any major commentator other than Brent Budowsky who thinks this has been a successful period for Barack Obama, or who has noticed that Collins, Snowe, and Specter are Republicans and that therefore success working with them is success working with Republicans?