American Debate Archive: December, 2009

The 2009 Public Misconduct Awards

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This is my last dispatch of the year - I'm going on holiday break, with the aim to begin anew on Monday, Jan. 4 - and what better way to... Read more

Converts and prayers

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At first glance, Democratic congressman Parker Griffith's defection to the GOP doesn't seem like much of a story - and it's not because... Read more

The '09 scaremongering award

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Conservatives in 2009 circulated all kinds of phony scare stories about health care reform - the government wants to kill granny, yetta... Read more

The stench in the trench

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Now that the Senate Democrats have reportedly secured the requisite 60 votes to foil a GOP filibuster and pass health care reform, the... Read more

The big picture

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As we move ever closer toward the passage of health care reform, public support for reform continues to tick downward; as reported in the... Read more

A history lesson for liberals

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One can only imagine how the denizens of the left in 2009 would have treated Franklin D. Roosevelt back in 1935. Howard Dean and the bloggers... Read more

Creature of dysfunction

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I'm not quite sure how we wound up with President Lieberman. Last I recall, he completed his sole bid for the presidency on Feb. 3, 2004... Read more

Trends and portents

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In a previous and distant incarnation, I was a feature writer, tasked with the job of identifying "trends" in our society - political... Read more