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Monday Strategy Round-Up

For an updated profile of President Obama’s top strategist David Axelrod, see Jeff Zeleny’s “President’s Political Protector Is Ever Close at Hand” in the Sunday New York Times.
Also in the Sunday NYT, a good editorial urging President Obama not to cave in to GOP filubuster threats in appointing federal judges nor to defer to Republican Senators’ demands to be able to veto Obama’s nominees from their home state. The Times challenges Obama not to be intimidated from “appointing the kind of highly qualified, progressive-minded judges the nation needs.”
Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos and Jane Hamsher of Firedoglake expound on liberal “Blogging in the Obama Era” in Mark Preston’s column at CNNPolitics.com . Video interview here.
Colbert I. King explains in his WaPo column, “Stabbing D.C. in the Back” why the D.C. House Voting Rights Act might not be such a hot deal for Dems, as well as for residents of “Washington D. Colony.”
For a succinct update on Dems chances of getting to 60 in 2010, see Nate Silver’s “Senate Rankings: March 2009 Edition,” plus more than 100 comments.
The Hill‘s Alexander Bolton feeds the buzz that Sen. Arlen Specter is considering a GOP-to-Dem switch, and barring that, Dems’ chances for picking up his seat, while TNR‘s Jason Zengerle wonders in “The Plank” if Specter may pull a “modified Lieberman” and become an Independent.
Bart Jansen reports at CQpolitics.com on the increasing influence of 501(c) 4 and 6 nonprofits in financing political campaigns — tripling in ’08 the amount they spent in ’04.
Again at CQPolitics.com, Adriel Bettleheim’s “For Obama, Popularity Means Don’t Sit Still” discusses the impressive power of Obama’s not-so-secret weapon — his road game.
Chris Bowers ponders Christian demographic shrinkage at OpenLeft.
Has the GOP become the party of deficit concern trolls? Dean Baker gets the meme rolling at The American Prospect.

One comment on “Monday Strategy Round-Up

  1. bacaangel on

    It is very Unpatriotic that every morning Morning Joe opens up with how Team Obama is so Confused and so muddled, when in fact he has been very clear about getting America back on track in the many avenues which have been neglected for all of these years. This assumption is false when in fact Team Obama has been clear that they are doing Stress Tests on the banks to figure out how to proceed. Why that cannot be allowed to take place by some in the media, well we know the answer to that, Politics. And, actually is Unpatriotic to the American people to continue to falsely accuse Team Obama for actions that are not real and to pretend things are so confused when they have never been so clear. Daily they come out with their plans for the American people, plans which have long been ignored. And, please media, stop saying Main Street is confused, we are not. They are instituting policies for us now. When GOP brings up the era of “easy money” is over, we could ask, easy money for whom and to whom? Not us, not Main Street…
    As of yesterday, robocalls are going out to ask people to sign up to restructure thier mortgages (that is not confusion but action on behalf of the American people.) It is too bad that when Republicans had their chance they did nothing for the people but use the word No, No, No, so it is no wonder they think Team Obama are doing to many things at once, being the party of no action that they were.
    Let this Team have their chance to bring in real change. The American people are not confused! Please stop being so falsely and deceptively unpatriotic, because we know as Rush stated so blatantly, they want Pres. Obama to fail, which means the American people also fail.
    With the economy in freefall, Americans have a chance to reshape society for a more equitable distribution of wealth….


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