Monday, March 24, 2008


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Barack Obama Is Too Progressive To Be Called Liberal

Obama's promise of a new majority, and the question it prompts

Obama, in an interview, said that "a lot of these old labels don't apply anymore."

He said he was a progressive and a pragmatist, eager to tackle the big issues like health care and convinced that the Democrats could rally independents and disaffected Republicans to their agenda.

Obama says he understands the criticism of his voting record, but argues that the Senate is so ideologically polarized it is hard not to end up on one side or the other.

"The only votes that come up are votes that are purposely designed to divide people," he said. "It's true that if I'm presented with a series of votes like that, I'm more likely to fall left of center than right of center. But as president, I would be setting the terms of debate."

They say he is ready for a new, self-assured progressive era in which progressives (few have returned to the word liberal) make no apologies about their goals - universal health care, withdrawing troops from Iraq, ending tax breaks for more affluent Americans - and assume that a broad swath of the public shares them.

Progressive Platform
With this platform, we declare our commitment to common cause and our desire for clear commitments from our elected officials. This platform is founded in a shared vision of a sustainable and just economy with respect for the environment, human rights, and a culture of peace. It is grounded in the values of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Earth Charter. Our platform is a collection of bold, uncompromised positions on the most fundamental questions of our democracy.

This is a living document, the contents of which will evolve. We hope the spirit of common cause will guide us toward establishing a foundation built from our ability to agree, rather than our penchant for argument.

Roger Stone Cold Revisits The Spitzer Family

Eliot, you were arrogant, nee stupidly arrogant, but you've always been an incredibly stupid egotist. It never endeared you to anyone, not even your overpaid hookers, but it has warmed the hearts of those you've dissed off as they watch your fall into a pond of slime of your own making.

He that may have the warmest heart is the Rog. The Rog is also known as Roger Stone, the elegant badboy who loves his work. The Spitzer and those like him hate Roger's work, but those that love creativity love Roger's work and Roger pin-pricking the Spitzer's bubble with unshorn mid-calf socks worn in mid-sex activity as corroborating evidence to the FBI is indeed creative.

Eliot's ego was and is too stupid to screw with Roger.

Stone, known for shutting down the 2000 presidential election recount effort in Miami-Dade County, is a longtime Spitzer nemesis whose political experience ranges from the Nixon White House to Al Sharpton's presidential campaign. His lawyer wrote the letter containing the call-girl allegations after FBI agents had asked to speak to Stone, though he says the FBI did not specify why he was contacted.

''Mr. Stone respectfully declines to meet with you at this time,'' the letter states, before going on to offer ''certain information'' about Spitzer.

''The governor has paid literally tens of thousands of dollars for these services. It is Mr. Stone's understanding that the governor paid not with credit cards or cash but through some pre-arranged transfer,'' the letter said.

''It is also my client's understanding from the same source that Governor Spitzer did not remove his mid-calf length black socks during the sex act. Perhaps you can use this detail to corroborate Mr. Stone's information,'' the letter said, signed by attorney Paul Rolf Jensen of Costa Mesa, Calif.

The letter also notes that while Stone believes the information is true, he ''cannot swear to its accuracy'' because it is second-hand.

Alas, poor Eliot, you thought yourself wonderfully vicious in your vengeance, but it is Roger who is smiling at your mid-calf blackies now.

The letter was written several months after allegations were leveled at Stone that he had left a threatening phone message at the office of Bernard Spitzer, the ex-governor's father, regarding ''phony'' campaign loans involving his son's unsuccessful 1994 bid for attorney general. Stone denied making the call but resigned as a consultant for state Senate Republicans in Albany.

Never screw with Roger.

''We trust this information was helpful to federal authorities in making their case against Mr. Spitzer,'' Buschel said.