Plan B: When You Don’t Fight, You Get Walked on Later

By: Wednesday December 7, 2011 2:24 pm

During the health care reform fight the women’s reproductive rights groups and legislators were basically sold out. President Obama decided to cut a deal with Bart Stupak’s Gang. He assumed that the pro-choice and women legislators in the House and pro-choice groups would just fall in line, and they did with very little fighting. Passing [...]

Obama Hosts Anti-Abortion Signing Ceremony

By: Wednesday March 24, 2010 7:59 am

The President is hosting a signing ceremony for his Executive Order on abortion today. Greg Sargent wrote a fascinating post about the incredible lengths the White House went to in order to woo the anti-abortion Democrats to support the health care bill, with endless personal entreaties, meetings and accommodations. The pro-choice Democrats, on the other [...]

Dems Reap All the Red-Baiting Pain with None of the Socialist Gain

By: Monday March 22, 2010 4:51 pm

Democrats did not offer a truly socialized health care system like they have in the United Kingdom. They did not just pass a universal single payer health care system like “Medicare for all.” Not only did the bill not include a public option, but the regulations on the private insurance companies are extremely loose. Despite [...]

The Logic Challenges of Diana DeGette

By: Sunday March 21, 2010 9:01 pm

Earlier today, several members of the pro-choice caucus were steaming because they said the White House had released the text of the Executive Order to the press before they had seen it. According to TPM, “Just before 4 p.m. ET, the White House released text of a compromise on abortion to help clear the way [...]

Yes, We’ll Whip on Health Care … If It Ever Comes to That (But I Doubt It Will)

By: Wednesday March 10, 2010 10:13 am

I don’t believe in getting people worked up when it’s not necessary. Energy is a finite resource, and when you don’t have a lot to work with anyway (especially relative to the opposition), the key to successful organizing is selectively applying carefully targeted effort to achieve maximum impact. It’s like the difference between hitting your [...]

Stupak Doesn’t Plan On Folding, A Lesson In Appeasement

By: Thursday November 12, 2009 12:25 pm

Bart Stupak successfully held his ground. Nancy Pelosi and President Obama agreed to give into his demands because they saw it as the path of least resistance. There were no pro-choice Democrats willing to go to the mat for their convictions. This why the Stupak amendment made it into the House bill, and why it [...]

Margaret Cho: Palin, Misogyny and Palin’s Misogyny

By: Thursday September 25, 2008 8:20 pm

Victory Fund award winner Margaret Cho wants to make things clear: She is miffed over Palin, misogyny, and Palin’s misogyny. It’s a love/hate thing: Cho admits wanting to rumble in the rubyfruit jungle with Palin, but the comedian also decries the politico’s anti-gay stance. And though Cho rants against the misogyny directed at the GOP [...]