Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Reaction in review (May 29, 2009)

This week's Reactions that deserve a second look:


By Creature: "An honest Republican" -- Creature credits GOP Senator John Cornyn's stepping up against the right-wing attacks on Judge Sotomayor.

By J. Thomas Duffy: "Top Ten Cloves: Possible reasons Obama and Sarkozy didn't invite Queen Elizabeth to D-Day ceremony" -- Duffy puts up another of his very funny trade-mark count-down lists.


By Carl: "No! Racism doesn't exist anymore!" -- Carl cleverly examines the case of the woman who falsely claimed to have been abducted in order to take her daughter to Disney World, in light of raging Republican claims of racism against Judge Sotomayor.

By Mustang Bobby: "Making a federal case out of it" -- Bobby cautions against what might happen to the cause of marriage equality if the case, taken on by famed attorneys Bois and Olson, goes to the Supreme Court.

By Capt.Fogg: "Citizens United against democracy" -- Fogg shares his experiences with Republican operatives' so-called opinion polls that are obviously biased from the get-go.

By Michael J.W. Stickings: "And so the vicious right-wing smear campaign against Sotomayor is in full swing" -- Michael surveys the campaign, encourages Dems to stand firm, and predicts that Judge Sotomayor will get a "relatively easy (and deserved) confirmation."


By Carol Gee: "Female justice" -- This post surveys the blogosphere and corners a bit of Republican flack about the SCOTUS nomination.

By Frankie Sturm: "Barack Obama is the LeBron James of the Democratic Party" -- From the Truman Project, our guest writer illuminates a very interesting big switch
towards President Obama in the public's opinion regarding national security.

By Michael J.W. Stickings: "Petraeus backs Obama on Gitmo and torture" -- Michael notes that General Petraeus joins another Republican, Colin Powell, in defending President Obama's stance on interrogation techniques and closing Guantanamo.

By Michael J.W. Stickings: "Obama's brilliant Sotomayor pick" -- This very thoughtful and thorough post lays out all the reasons the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor is such a hit with reasonable people, and such a target for the right wing smear campaign that has already begun.


By Carl: "Troubling blind spot" -- Carl's great post sheds light on the full history and evolution of the nuclear problem with North Korea, laying the blame where it belongs, at the feet of the Bush administration.

By Boatboy: "Amazing what one word can do" -- Well written and interesting
, Boatboy's clever post brings good perspective to the assumptions of Weekly Standard's conservative Sam Shulman's piece on traditional vs. romantic marriage. See also Michael J.W. Stickings: "Another new low for anti-gay bigotry among the neocons."

By Capt. Fogg: "Kiss our American asses, world!" -- To quote, " . . . it's just another rabble rousing attack on a president who has the honesty to say that we have often of late been perceived as arrogant and we've often been unfair to those who disagree and that others have likewise been unfair to us."

By Michael J.W. Stickings: "Photos of the Day (Memorial Day edition)" -- "Photos of two of the most stunning, awe-inspiring places I've ever been," says Michael.

Creature Feature: By the numbers -- "65" - the percentage of Americans who still look favorably on their new president; "47" - the percentage of Americans who rated the choice of Sotomayor as "excellent or good."

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