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Bob Westal

I've been thinking much the same thing. A lot or our compatriots on the left are pretty blithe that Republicans will continue to extend these things just because. Me, not nearly so much.

Of course, you can never be sure. This is still a poker game.

Uncle Merlin

A nasty wickett this new polarity in America.
We should go back to 3 news outlets, no more channeling what one thinks is worthy news.
(Today that's communisim don't cha know)

Dr X

Lance,

Didn't you know that Calvinists make us civilized? This week, conservative bloggers have been quoting this passage from a post at First Principles:

But the truth is that the Puritans remain the chief source of the American difference—our ability to live freely and prosperously without unduly slighting the longings of our souls. It’s the Puritans’ idealism that made and even makes Americans civilized.

Until I read this, I never understood how it was that my immigrant, Italian grandparents became civilized human beings. Well, almost civilized. They never shed the bad habit of helping the poor and the powerless.


Bill Hicks

Your analysis of the Republican position is more accurate than anything I've seen yet, and would have aided Obama's argument, had he put it the way you have instead of simply using the term "hostage" as a code for the whole point you're making. But, isn't this still the best hill to die on, so to speak? All Obama's gotten for the hostages is a brief reprieve. Anyways--thanks for your clarity. We need to get you and Driftglass in a room discussing this stuff!

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