We will wait and see, of course, what happens once the scaffolding and the bunting come down, bearing in mind always the scriptural caution about faith without works being dead. But, for an afternoon, anyway, a Democratic president reclaimed the language of freedom from those for whom it means merely lower taxes and more guns. He reclaimed government as a manifestation of a country’s aspirations, and not as an anchor on its progress. And he refuted, with precision and neatly camouflaged contempt, many of the most destructive ideas that have poisoned out politics for nearly four decades now. He did nothing less than redefine patriotism in a progressive way. That is already bothering all of the right people. This, I tell you, is what gives me hope. Charlie P. Pierce - “Obama’s Inauguration Speech: A Primer”
A few thoughts on the campaign with just over three months to go
Apologies in advance for mindless horse race chatter.
Sports Night, "The Quality of Mercy at 23K"
- Dan: You make a lot of charitable donations, right? Who do you give your money to?
- Issac: I used to donate money to the Democratic Party.
- Dan: Not anymore?
- Isaac: Well, you get your heart broken enough times, you learn your lesson.
The dark side of the Democratic Party
Long thoughts on the Cory Booker situation below the fold.