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Darryl Paulson: The Era of Bad Feelings

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The Era of Good Feelings is the term used to describe the aftermath of the War of 1812 where the American nation sought to establish national unity during a period of one-party dominance. The Federalist Party, representing the urban and aristocratic citizens, disappeared after the disastrous Hartford Convention in 1814, leaving only the Jeffersonian Republicans as the sole political party. The Jeffersonian Republicans so dominated the political landscape that President James Monroe ran unopposed in 1820 and would have won…

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Stop the presses! RedState posts something not-entirely-positive about Marco Rubio

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For a moment there, I thought I was still on Daily Kos, but nope, there is actually a post on RedState that does not slurp Marco Rubio: Don’t get me wrong: his campaign up to this point has been rather brilliant, taking an established politician and selling him not only to the Florida GOP but to national conservatives (grassroots and establishment alike) as the true, “outsider” principled conservative choice for Florida and the Tea Party. Which he is, I trust.…

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The second coming of the amateur blogosphere?

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Yglesias predicts: Describing the trend toward a progressive political blogosphere in which “95% or more of the audience share goes to three or four dozen bloggers who are now full-time media and / or political professionals,” Chris Bowers asserts that the new equilibrium cannot be reversed because: [B]ecause it is virtually impossible for a hobbyist to compete with professionals who are actually paid to spend all day blogging. No one has enough free time to blog as much as Matthew Yglesias, David…

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Daily Kos: ‘Calls for Kendrick Meek to step aside are stupid and premature’

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If you are Kendrick Meek, that’s not pretty. And Gov. Charlie Crist has deftly (if cynically) moved left to stake out the left of center in his indy bid in this three-way race. In the past few weeks alone, he has vetoed a GOP attempt to break the teacher’s union in Florida, decided to oppose offshore drilling after supporting it, is likely to veto a nasty anti-choice bill passed by the GOP-dominated legislature (despite supposedly being anti-abortion), and just came…

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Daily Kos: ‘Calls for Kendrick Meek to step aside are stupid and premature’

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If you are Kendrick Meek, that’s not pretty. And Gov. Charlie Crist has deftly (if cynically) moved left to stake out the left of center in his indy bid in this three-way race. In the past few weeks alone, he has vetoed a GOP attempt to break the teacher’s union in Florida, decided to oppose offshore drilling after supporting it, is likely to veto a nasty anti-choice bill passed by the GOP-dominated Legislature (despite supposedly being anti-abortion), and just came…

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Daily Kos features Jim Piccillo

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Daily Kos featured Jim Piccillo, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House in Florida’s 5th District. This is an open seat, as Tea Party Republican Ginny Brown-Waite will retire at the end of her term. Raised by a strong single mother, Jim has a broad background in public service. He served six years in the U.S. Army, and was decorated for his role in responding to the 9/11 tragedy. After leaving the Army in 2002, Jim organized statewide food drives…

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Daily Kos: Kendrick Meek’s tenuous standing

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From Daily Kos: The combination of soaring poll numbers, shifting ideology, and institutional support from key Democrats may be enough to render Meek irrelevant in the race, if not outright pushed aside.

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