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Conservatives are easily duped, recently confirmed by being punked by Anita Dunn and Bill Ayers. Now they’re punking each other with fake stories about President Obama’s college thesis, So desperate they’ll believe anything — the fake Obama thesis debunked

Now, you might be thinking: “Wait a minute, I thought conservatives didn’t like Obama’s elusive thesis because it was on nuclear disarmament.” Well, this is a different thesis, it would seem, and blogger Michael Ledeen wrote about it two days ago:

I missed this first time around.  Brian Lancaster at Jumping in Pools reported on Obama’s college thesis, written when he was at Columbia. The paper was called “Aristocracy Reborn,” and in the first ten pages (which were all that reporter Joe Klein — who wrote about it for Time — was permitted to see).

So Ledeen sources this bombshell to another, more obscure conservative blogger, who wrote — back on August 25, mind you — that Time’s Joe Klein had seen Obama’s damning thesis and was going to report on it for “an upcoming special edition about the President.” No indication was given as to how this obscure blogger came to know that one of America’s premiere journalists had obtained this information. There was no indication as to how this blogger was able to quote material only Klein had had access to. Oh, and let’s not forget that this very same blogger was busted by PolitiFact.com for fabricating stories about President Obama.

But hey, why speculate on whether it’s true or not? Let’s go to the source. Mr. Klein? “A report is circulating among the wingnuts that I had a peek at Barack Obama’s senior thesis. It is completely false. I’ve never seen Obama’s thesis. I have no idea where this report comes from — but I can assure you that it’s complete nonsense.”

Some obscure blogger pulls a tangled pile of garbage from his a*s. Story repeated as completely credible by the conservative media, Ledeen being one of the Right’s leading intellectuals. Conservatives could care less about health care and America’s working families, why should they be expected to care about the truth. Ledeen is a big fan of Machiavelli and the WW II era Italian fascism.

Public health care does work. Dick Cheney’s pace maker is still working. Provided with some extra years of life he seems determined to do as much as he can to undermine American values – more war, more torture, less adherance to representative government by and for the people. So in a way anti health-care conservatives might be correct, public health-care will at times be abused, Biden On Cheney Criticism: “Who Cares?”

Cheney said in a speech Wednesday night at the Center for Security Policy that President Obama is “dithering” on Afghanistan “while America’s armed forces are in danger.” He claimed that “signals of indecision out of Washington hurt our allies and embolden our adversaries.”

The vice president did elaborate on one of Cheney’s arguments — that the last administration left Obama with a review of Afghanistan.

“A whole lot has changed in the last year,” he said. “Let’s assume they left us a review that was absolutely correct. Is that review relevant and totally applicable to today in light of the changes that have taken place in the region, in Afghanistan itself? So I think that is sort of irrelevant. Not sort of — I think it’s irrelevant.”

Dick Cheney and George W. Bush will go down in history as the leaders who managed to turn the victory, of Clinton’s lean and mean modern military, in Afghanistan into defeat. While simultaneously letting the guy responsible for 9-11 get away at Tora Bora.

Georgia Republicans Send Political Mailer Disguised As ‘Official’ Census Survey. The new conservatism, as corrupt and nasty as the old conservatism. Or as the right-wing sites Big Government and Big Hollywood would say EXPLOSIVE BREAKING NEWS, REPUBLICANS IN NEFARIOUS PLOT TO GATHER INFO ON AMERICANS JUST LIKE THE COMMUNISTS DID.

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U.S. Travel Promotion Map circa 1939, Health-Care News and Not Giving Up

U.S. Travel Promotion Map circa 1939. In the left hand corner one can see the map was commissioned by the WPA _ Works Project Administration.

Just yesterday, Ezra Klein, who usually has the inside track on developments in the health-care circus debate reported Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) seemed to be pushing Senator Schumer’s an opt-out option,

Everyone agrees that they didn’t embrace Reid’s new strategy. Everyone agrees that the White House wants Snowe on the bill, feels the trigger offers a safer endgame, and isn’t convinced by Reid’s math. But whether officials expressed a clear preference for the trigger, or were just worried about the potential for 60 votes, is less clear. One staffer briefed on the conversation says “the White House basically told us, ‘We hope you guys know what you’re doing.'”

Ezra linked to this post by David Kurtz, Death By A Thousand Leaks? In which the bottom line according to one leak seemed to be some kind of “trigger”  point at which some kind of public option health care insurance could kick in. But the White House dismissed that report as premature, a way of leaning on Pelosi to give up any kind of public option. Why do most Democrats and Independents, and a few percent of conservatives prefer a strong public option. The two more obvious benefits to the nation is the downward pressure such an option would have on health-care costs, while the second is getting more Americans insured. Thus the political gamesmanship is unwelcome at best. At a political level the game is dragging down the Republican party, but Democrats failure to show stronger leadership on the health care issue is hardly endearing them to voters either. This report from today’s WaPo has an odd headline under the circumstances,  Prognosis improves for public insurance -OMENTUM SHIFT IS DRAMATIC Top Democrats push option in health-care legislation

Reid’s original inclination was to leave the public option out of a final bill he is writing from measures passed by the finance and health committees. But his liberal colleagues began urging him two weeks ago to reconsider, after insurance industry forecasts that premiums would rise sharply under the Finance Committee bill, which lacked a public option. The report had the effect of prodding Democrats to look for better ways to control costs, and the public option — strongly opposed by the insurance industry — reemerged as a possible solution.

Because a government-run plan would be dedicated to holding down costs and would lack a profit motive, congressional budget analysts predict that it could reduce the cost of expanding coverage to people who don’t have it by as much as $100 billion over the next decade.

In the House, Pelosi was still trying to line up votes for the most cost-effective version of the public plan, one that would pay providers based on Medicare rates. Rank-and-file House Democrats summoned Friday to an early-morning caucus were asked to say publicly whether they would vote for a bill that included such a provision.

Muddying the waters

Senior Democrats said it was still unclear whether that idea would prevail. While support for a “robust” public option is strong, they said, other issues are muddying the waters. For example, as many as 20 votes hinge on resolving a battle over abortion that has pitted an unyielding abortion-rights faction against antiabortion Democrats who want to make sure no federal money is used to pay for the procedure.

House leaders planned to work through the weekend to resolve as many individual concerns as possible, with the goal of producing a bill as soon as next week.

WaPo’s take is that a public option with a state opt-out provision is a long way from the gathering of angry screwballs otherwise known as tea parties. In real world politics where your side seldom gets everything it wants, that glass half full view is true enough. Maybe its too late, maybe not, but it does seem that so many Democrats posting on Democratic blogs or in the comments section have become so disappointed or cynical they have stopped putting pressure directly on Senate Democrats in particular. Cynicism is not going to win this battle. Anyone of any political leaning, regardless of the party of your home state senator should still be sending those e-mails, faxes and post cards pushing for a strong public option. Imagine the effect of say, a million college Democrats, or a million union members, sending a post card and e-mail to their senators this weekend. Combined with media coverage that would create a lot of pressure. Senate Republicans only have two relatively moderate Senators Snowe and Collins. Not often enough, but they will occasionally listen to reason. Snowe gets an earful of pressure from the extreme rightie do-nothing ideologues like  Mitch McConnell (R-KY). How about giving her some thoughtful comments from a million hard working Americans that live in the real world.