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Swiftboating Phil

By R. Neal
December 15, 2005 - Posted by R. Neal As hard as it is to work up much sympathy for the guy, Democratic Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen appears to be the victim of a coordinated swiftboat-style political attack campaign. The problem is that Bredesen keeps shooting himself in the foot whenever he tries to deflect the incoming fire.

Corruption

October 17, 2005 - With a $200 billion aid package for hurricane-ravaged Louisiana in limbo, the emerging theme spinning out of the GOP message machine is that Louisiana is too "corrupt" to be trusted with the money, and so the people of the Gulf should just be abandoned.

CAFTA Drama Shakes the South

July 28, 2005 - Since CAFTA passed the House by just one vote this morning -- 217-215 -- you can point to any one of the "ayes" as the "deciding vote." But as we predicted yesterday, the most gripping drama was in the South, where enough Southern Reps were big enough question marks that they could effectively extort dozens of

Lynching Wrap-Up

June 14, 2005 - I didn't intend to follow this story so closely, but you reach a point of no return.... Anyhow, the day in lynching news ends in confusion, as senators scramble to make excuses or claim they supported the resolution even if they're not listed anywhere.