Elections

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Challenges for the Next President

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Sun, 11/02/2008

What are the challenges the new President will face?  How much can a president do to put the nation on a different course?  Ezra Klein, a policy analyst who writes for The American Prospect and many other publications, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. 

15:07 minutes (8.65 MB)

The Right To Vote

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Ubu Hour
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Sun, 11/02/2008

Brion Gysin inspired word peice... performed by robots

5:10 minutes (4.74 MB)

The Ubu Hour November Apology

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Ubu Hour
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Sun, 11/02/2008

The Ubu Hour begins November's show with an apology for last month's last show, when we outed Ann Coulter as a dead-head, and also referred to Sarah Palin as Governor Porkin'. We repeat in this apology that Palin is not a pig.

4:49 minutes (4.41 MB)

Sex Therapy Hypnotist

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Ubu Hour
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Sun, 11/02/2008

Kevin Maniax and Bill Sleazemore want to get their many ballot measures passed in Oregon, but who Loren Pukes, their shadowy benofactor? A political radio drama that was part of the Ubu Hour election special...

4:10 minutes (3.82 MB)

Drill Baby Drill: Some rightwingers watch the vp debate

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Ubu Hour
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Sun, 11/02/2008

Drill Baby Drill: Richard Liary and his rightwing friends watch the VP debate... a hilarious political spoof.  

4:26 minutes (4.07 MB)

The new poll tax

The great Rachel Maddow on the modern poll tax:

(still working on embedding video. Watch it anyway, foo!)

(H/T, Pandagon)

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End of the Republican era

 The always-excellent Sidney Blumenthal, writing in the Guardian:

Today's election is poised to end the Republican era in American politics - an era that began in reaction to Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, the Vietnam war and the civil rights revolution, was pioneered by Richard Nixon, consolidated by Ronald Reagan, and wrecked by George W Bush.

Almost every aspect of the Republican ascendancy has been discredited and lies in tatters - its policies, politics, and even its version of patriotism - down to the rock-bottom notion that progressive taxation itself, initiated by a Republican president, Theodore Roosevelt, who John McCain hails as his personal icon, is unpatriotic.

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Now, certain factors that have dominated US politics for 40 years seem destined to recede to the far corners. In economics, supply-side panaceas and deregulation created the worst crisis since the Great Depression, requiring a conservative Republican administration to part-nationalise banks, something unimaginable under any Democratic administration. In foreign policy, neoconservatism led to the morass in Iraq and Afghanistan while undermining the western alliance. In social policy, the evangelical right battered science, the separation of church and state, and the right to privacy. Finally, the conservative principle of limited government has become a watchword for incompetence, cronyism, corruption, hypocrisy, and contempt for the rule of law.

Really, read the whole thing. It hits both the macro level of decades of history, and the micro level of the campaign itself.

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Just voted!

 Just dropped off the ol' ballot. It feels pretty good.

It's hard to believe that this interminable election campaign (far, far too long) is nearly over. It's hard, too, to untie all the emotions that are bound up with it, at least for me.

For those of you who listen to the show, you've heard Joe and I pour out a lifetime's worth of angst over the last several years. So much has happened that one's sense of outrage (if one has been paying attention) blurs between this war and that Constitutional affront and this abuse of power ... It's like a background white noise of outrage.

War. Torture. Election theft. Disenfranchisement. Disappearing liberties. The abolition of science in the public sphere. The triumph of plutocracy. The reign of fear in electoral politics. The reign of cowardice in Congressional politics. And on and on.

Will an Obama win really signify the end of all this, a turning toward something better? I want to believe it so badly. I do believe it on some level. But I'm skeptical.

What if he's some kinda corporate Manchurian candidate. What if, behind the reasonable, progressive facade it's just business as usual in an Obama administration?

Whatever the outcome tomorrow, our work as progressives is not over. It's just begun. More on this later.

-A

Special Programming: Public Affairs

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Sat, 11/15/2008 - 11:15am - 1:00pm

Hear a round table discussion on the results of the election moderated by Dave Mazza.

Democracy Now!

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Democracy Now!
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Wed, 11/05/2008 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Hear hour two of Democracy Now's Day-After Election Coverage.

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