2010 Post-Post-Election Analysis Analysis – Take Back Talking Points episode 14

December 11, 2010

This is episode 14 of Take Back Talking Points, your place for completely inconsistent, long-winded, zero-budget progressive media which is truly independent. Today Alex and Brendon talk about the 2010 election results and do a meta-analysis of the analysis of the election by the various talking heads wired into your everyday life.

We make up for lost time, this being the first episode in quite a while, by going off on several tangents and discussing a lot of interesting issues, including:

Pin the Bailout on the Donkey – how the Republicans turned the Bush bailouts into the Obama bailouts

The Big Lie – Is blatant lying more common in politics today?

Who really won the Senate, the Democrats, the Republicans, or Corporate America?

Will the Republican win in the House lead to more legislative gridlock or less?

Does talking about fascism automatically destroy political dialogue?

Why is Hitler our moral compass?

Big money invades the election system after the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision

Is the U.S. a nation addicted to war?

And much much more. You can download the audio podcast version here, view the YouTube playlist here, or view the embedded videos after the jump.

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Sarah Palin’s political strength fails another test in Kansas primary

August 6, 2010

2008 Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s political clout has failed another test in the Kansas Republican primary for Sam Brownback’s U.S. Senate seat. Attempting to wear two hats as the flag-bearer for both the Republican Party and the Tea Party, Sarah Palin’s endorsement may be more of a burden than a medal of honor.

Representative Todd Tiahrt lost the Republican candidacy for the U.S. Senate to Representative Jerry Moran on August 4, on the heels of media scrutiny of Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Sharron Angle, currently a leader in the conservative chicken race and believed by many to be headed for a brick wall, and an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll which makes it look like a Sarah Palin endorsement is toxic among the general electorate.

This poll famously cited 25% of respondents saying they would be more enthusiastic about a candidate endorsed by Sarah Palin, where 52% said they would be less enthusiastic about a candidate endorsed by Sarah Palin. Comparatively, Barack Obama’s endorsement was viewed favorably by 36% and unfavorably by 43%. This indicates how polarizing Sarah Palin is, more so even than the President of the United States who is being universally denounced on the other side of the aisle as an undercover Communist here to destroy the American Dream. And this poll put the former conventional wisdom, that Sarah Palin was a conservative powerhouse riding a wave of voter anger towards the incumbent establishment, into question.

This may not be exclusively negative for Sarah Palin and the Republican Party. There can be power in polarization. It energizes the base and makes sure they’ll show up at the polls. Sarah Palin may still be the conservative golden girl the Republicans want on their side, and Todd Tiahrt may have lost on his own. It was a close, hard-fought race between two neary identical candidates, and Moran had a clear advantage in funding.

But Sarah Palin and the Tea Party could fizzle in the end. After all, the Democrats have delivered so much Republican policy that they can hardly be called extremists, and fear of extreme right-wing figures like Palin could cure Democratic voters of their lack of enthusiasm after two years of disappointing legislation.

In New Hampshire, an endorsement for Republican Senate primary candidate Kelly Ayotte was immediately followed by a jump in support from 8 points ahead to 21 points ahead for Democratic candidate Paul Hodes among independent voters, but he’s still trailing among the general electorate with plenty of undecided voters. And if it comes down to the undecided voters, it appears that an endorsement from Sarah Palin isn’t likely to change their minds. It didn’t work in Kansas.

This article originally appeared on my Topeka Political Buzz site on Examiner.com.


Joe Stack and Self-Determination, & The Difference Between Obama’s Lies and Bush’s Lies

February 19, 2010

A word on the breaking news, Joseph Stack attacks an IRS office in an airplane, seemingly because he felt like he had no voice in a corrupt government which served the rich and not the people. People lash out when they have no hope or feeling of self-determination and control over their lives, and this is just a particularly explosive example.

The main story, Obama lies vs. Bush lies, and why Bush can lie and break the law and destroy the Constitution with no reaction from his party, his base, or conservatives in general, while Obama can’t afford to run that kind of show because progressives actually care about that stuff.
In other words, Bush got away with lying because he was lying “for us”, from the conservative perspective. When what we progressives want is a more accountable and transparent government which serves the people, Obama can’t claim to be on our side when he lies and makes backroom deals.


Sarah Palin’s Tea Party – Convention Speech w/Progressive Commentary – Take Back Talking Points episode 10

February 10, 2010

This episode of Take Back Talking Points, the progressive talk show featuring me, Zach (FeelFreeToArgue), and Brendon (funkalunatic), we do a play by play commentary on Sarah Palin’s speech to the Tea Party National Convention. $500 a ticket.

This episode, we criticize Sarah quite unfairly with our Gotcha journalism, hardly listen to her at all, moan and whine like the liberals we are, and discuss the implications of the tea party movement. Is this Republican rebranding, an Astroturf movement hoping to turn our Coke versus Pepsi democratic process to a new paradigm of Pepsi, Coke, and New Coke? Or are they a truly independent third party grassroots movement and all that that entails, including possibly splitting the Republican vote and marginalizing them, or driving them farther to the right?

View the full episode in YouTube playlist format here, or view the rest of the videos after the jump.

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Afghan Surge, How to Protest, and Low-Risk Loans for New Small Businesses? Take Back Talking Points episode 7

February 10, 2010

This is a progressive roundtable talk show we’re calling Take Back Talking Points. This is a collaborative project, today’s show featuring the usual suspects, Capitalocracy, FeelFreeToArgue, and Funkalunatic.

This episode we’re trying something a little different that we hope to make a regular segment. About once a month, we plan to dedicate some time on the show to allowing one of the participants to present an idea for a public policy, social movement, etc., that they believe could really change things, and having a discussion on the merits of the idea.

In addition, this episode we talk about Obama’s Afghanistan troop surge and why he only seems to fulfill his promises which appease the right, and how to build a social movement and whether conventional forms of protest are effective.

And special thanks to moxnewsdotcom, who provided me with the Anderson Cooper clip:
http://www.youtube.com/moxnewsdotcom

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You can view the full episode in YouTube playlist format here, or view the rest of the videos after the jump.

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Torture and the Cheney/Pelosi Blame Game – Take Back Talking Points ep 1

February 8, 2010

This is the first episode of Take Back Talking Points, a long-distance forum of progressives meeting via Internet to talk about politics, current events, social issues, and the media, to be released (hopefully weekly) in a series of videos on YouTube as well as in audio podcast form.

This episode, we’ll be talking about torture.

Dick Cheney and Nancy Pelosi lead the players in the torture blame game. Who’s to blame for torture, those who ordered torture or those who let them?

Also, Alex calls for the Bush administration, the Obama administration, and the United States Congress to be thrown in jail.

Zach gets Punk’d by Obama.

And we have a few laughs.

You can see the full episode in YouTube playlist format here, download the mp3 audio podcast here, or view the rest of the videos after the jump.

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