That awful speech is getting praise at Politico's Arena and I can't believe it. But just when I thought I was going to lose my lunch, I came across this by Rabbi Michael Lerner:
What populism, what message? As usual there were a series of proposals with no common theme. We were told that the model for America was the military - why can't we be like they are, perfect in every way? We were told by the man who was elected from discontent over the war in Iraq that the war was completely worthwhile. Give me a break. This man has neither moral compass nor the political sense to state clearly and unequivocally that government is needed to stop the excesses of the rich and the corporations.Thank you! And since he's genius of the week let me also note his magazine, Tikkun.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"