Scott P

A lifelong Delawarean who has left-of-center views -- and he's not afraid to use them.

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Conservatives Rewrite History and Their Values…Again!

Filed in National by on June 3, 2010 10 Comments

Want to know the best part about being a Conservative in America (besides the hot chicks, of course)? The fact that you can say and stand for anything you want, because when the time comes that you realize you were wrong, you can completely change your position without ever admitting that it is a change. […]

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Tea Party Takes Over the Maine GOP

Filed in National by on May 12, 2010 7 Comments

One of the continuing stories/themes these days is just what effect, short-term and long-term, the Tea Party movement will have on American politics in general, and the Republican Party specifically. Mock it all you want (please, mock it…it’s fun!), but the Tea Party is a real force right now. For proof, look no farther (further?) […]

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Lindsey Graham Fights for Terrorists’ Right to Buy Guns

Filed in National by on May 10, 2010 10 Comments

There has been a lot of talk recently about what sorts of rights terrorists, or suspected terrorists, should have. Should they have the right to a fair trial? Should they have the right to protection from cruel and unusual punishment? Should they have the right to be informed of their rights? There has even been talk […]

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The Tea Party Effect Demonstrated

Filed in National by on May 5, 2010 8 Comments

Yesterday was a day of congressional primaries in Indiana, North Carolina, and Ohio. While I don’t care to go into details about each and every one (although if you do, Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post has a good wrap-up), there is an over-riding trend that I do want to take note of. For the […]

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Can We Blame Dick Cheney for the Oil Spill?

Filed in National by on May 5, 2010 3 Comments

According to William Galston of The New Republic, we just might be able to pin a good bit of the blame for the Deepwater Horizon spill on our illustrious…no, that’s not the word I’m looking for…despicable former Vice President. There’s no single smoking gun, or rig, as it were, but there is a collection of […]

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The White House’s Top Ten FinReg Loophole Watchlist

Filed in National by on May 4, 2010 1 Comment

White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer has a very interesting post today on the official White House blog  listing what, in the administration’s eyes, are the 10 most wanted lobbyist loopholes in respect to financial reform. As has been noted, with the breaking last week of the Republican filibuster of the Motion to Proceed, the financial […]

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What Are Republicans Trying to Achieve on FinReg?

Filed in National by on May 3, 2010 4 Comments

I know this isn’t as exciting as burning terror cars or oiled-up shrimping grounds, but here’s a few words about Financial Reform. Late last Wednesday night, as Senate Democrats were threatening to pull out the cots and force Republicans to stay all night to actively filibuster Chris Dodd’s Financial Regulation Reform bill, Republicans finally relented and […]

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The GOP FinReg Proposal — A Good Sign or Bad?

Filed in National by on April 28, 2010 12 Comments

Last night, Republicans released their counter-proposal to Chris Dodd’s Financial Reform Bill (full text here). I don’t claim to have read either in its entirety, but the general consensus seems to be that they are not all that fundamentally different. Annie Lowrey of the Washington Independent has a good comparison of the two proposals. Here […]

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So What’s Next: Climate or Immigration?

Filed in National by on April 26, 2010 51 Comments

Well, today was supposed to be the first day of the rest of our lives, climate change legislationally-speaking. John Kerry, Joe Leiberman, and Lindsey Graham were set to publicly unveil their “tripartisan” climate change bill today, at least until Graham decided to walk away. Now, it has been indefinitely postponed. The reason for Graham’s defection […]

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Is FOX News Too Liberal for You, Too?

Filed in National by on April 22, 2010 2 Comments

Have you ever sat at home and thought to yourself, “Man, I can’t stand all this liberal garbage on FOX News. I wish someone would start a real conservative network”? If so, you’re apparently not alone. Enter, RightNetwork. RightNetwork is a newly-launched online network that plans on launching a television version later this summer. It […]

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The Myth of the $50 Billion Bailout Fund

Filed in National by on April 20, 2010 6 Comments

In a stunning display of either a lack of short-term memory or full-blown dementia, Congressional Republicans are taking the exact same losing playbook they used during the health care reform fight and are now applying it to the financial reform battle. Just as they did before, they have all latched on to a memo written […]

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Is Karl Rove Setting Up a “Shadow RNC”?

Filed in National by on April 19, 2010 5 Comments

This story has apparently been bouncing around for a few weeks, but has just recently come to my attention. It’s no secret that many old guard, big money Republicans have been less than thrilled with the leadership ability shown by Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. And while many big donors have been avoiding or […]

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When Talking Points Strike Back

Filed in National by on April 16, 2010 3 Comments

Remember how, not long ago, Republicans were saying how bad the health care reform bill was because it was created through “backroom deals”?  And remember how a lot of smart people pointed out that, um, that’s how all legislation is made? And that quite possibly, far from being done in a secretive manner, the ultimate […]

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