With Chris Kromm out on vacation this week, we're bringing in an all-star lineup of guest bloggers. Up today is David Sirota, a fellow at the Center for American Progress, regular guest on the Al Franken Show, and columnist for In These Times who is deeply interested in issues that affect "red staters" in the South and beyond. David writes the excellent Sirotablog, and recently caused a stir when he pointed out that New Democrats who voted for the bankruptcy bill depend on campaign contributions from the banks and credit-card companies who pushed it.