The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be

John Edwards has dropped out. Regardless of what happens next Edwards did force the other Democrats to speak to  corporatism, poverty and an ailing middle-class in a way that put those issues on the front burner. There is continued hope or speculation that Edwards would be first in line for the Attorney General spot if a Democrat wins the general election, here and here.

Our current AG proves to be another Conservative stooge putting partisan loyalty to King George above the law.  Mukasey: ‘I Don’t Know’ Whether Bush Has Violated FISA  

In a very thoughtful post on autism and the false link to thimerosal Harold Pollack writes,  The cultural production of ignorance.

My own displeasure is personal. As a caregiver for a man suffering from a genetic condition linked to autism spectrum disorders, I see how families are easily drawn to quackery and hokum. I have also seen how difficult it is for medical science to compete for airtime with unfounded theories and worthless therapies. It is always irresponsible to falsely blame vaccines for health difficulties. There is something especially heartless about a television network that coyly spreads myth in this area.

That cultural ignorance in politics has certainly taken a toll on the country. As arrogant and just plain wrong as Bush and Cheney have been they wouldn’t have been able to give America one giant shaft without ignorance and complacency among voters.

I hope Dem leaders are listening 

“Who do you want to see take the lead role in setting policy for the country: George W. Bush or the Congress?” asks NBC/WSJ. The answer is congress by a 62 to 21 margin. One more reason to think that the weakness and conflict-aversion of the congressional Democrats is a bigger source of their low approval ratings than is any alleged overreaching. The President is very unpopular and people are apparently desperate for Congress to play a bigger role.

Fox News thought it could fool a few people most of the time. They were right and its beginning to catch up to them, Fox News’ ratings take another slide

What does it say about Senator McCain’s campaign that he is getting all the fake action hero endorsements. First Sylvester Stallone and now The Gropinator

Bush continues to try and assert his rule in Iraq and America even when he has left office, Bush asserts authority to bypass defense act 

 President Bush this week declared that he has the power to bypass four laws, including a prohibition against using federal funds to establish permanent US military bases in Iraq, that Congress passed as part of a new defense bill.
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Bush made the assertion in a signing statement that he issued late Monday after signing the National Defense Authorization Act for 2008. In the signing statement, Bush asserted that four sections of the bill unconstitutionally infringe on his powers, and so the executive branch is not bound to obey them.

Bush has the right to disagree laws passed by Congress, but laws passed by Congress as explicitly laid out in the Constitution may be vetoed or the president can sign them into law and then challenge them before the SOTU. There is no I’ll just ignore these provision.

“The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.”