Oct 24, 2007

Olbermann and Carlin

Olbermann interviews Carlin, from C&L

The Real Liberal: Edwards may be third but ...


"But counting Edwards out would be a big mistake. Flying below the radar, the former vice-presidential candidate is pulling off a feat that Democratic consultants have long considered impossible: staking out the most progressive platform among the viable candidates while preserving an aura of electability. In head-to-head polling against the likes of Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney, Clinton and Obama have managed to post only modest leads. Edwards, by contrast, not only bests every Republican candidate in the race, he trounces them -- by an average of twelve points."


"Take global warming: While Clinton spouts happy talk about ethanol and "clean coal," and Obama focuses on a technocratic proposal to lower the "carbon intensity" of auto fuel, Edwards has a plan that would make the Union of Concerned Scientists proud. "We need an eighty percent reduction in greenhouse emissions by 2050," the candidate told Rolling Stone in a wide-ranging interview. "You start by capping carbon emissions in America. Beneath the cap, you auction off the right to emit any greenhouse gases. And you use that money --$30 to $40 billion -- to transform the way we use energy."
Or poverty. Ending deprivation at home -- by making it easier for workers to unionize, raising the minimum wage to $9.50, cracking down on predatory lending, and providing matching funds to help low-income Americans save -- remains the hallmark of his candidacy. But informed by his travels in Africa, Edwards now proposes spending $5 billion a year to educate 100 million children worldwide, improve drinking water and sanitation in developing countries, and slow the ravages of HIV and AIDS.

When he's not echoing Bono and Al Gore, Edwards sounds a bit like Michael Moore. He was the first contender with a plan for universal medical coverage, and his proposal goes further than Obama's by mandating that every American be provided a health plan. And where Clinton would leave a significant troop presence in Iraq indefinitely, Edwards calls for a complete withdrawal. He has issued the most forceful repudiation of Bush's "war" on terror, and in July he proposed a tax hike for wealthy investors.


Frederick said...

That's why he's the man.

mirth said...

I am mystified about why HRC and Obama lead Edwards. He says what we want to hear. He evidences commitment and capability. Elizabeth will bop him upside his pretty head if he gets too off-track.

It's Edwards for me.

PoliShifter said...

I would prefer Edwards to Hillary that's for sure. And Obama is off my radar now.

old hack said...

Fuck Olbermann. He's the Bill Oreally of the left. Just a partisan hack that's doing his best to keep us divided.

Not to mention he works for General Electric which means his paycheck is connected to fucking HALIBURTON!

Fade said...

Old Hack.. love your fervor- But Olbermann is Working for the media and he STILL MANAGES TO SPEAK THE TRUTH ABOUT OUR PRESIDENT. Every Media head works for a corporation. Most of them don't speak out. So you are going to bitch about the one who does? I dont see Olbermann doing anything but skewering hypocrisy day in, day out. I hate that he does football now, and that he picks up on shit stories like Britney stuff- but Hey= he's the best out there, with Cafferty... working for the networks, anyway.

In a perfect world, Greenwald, Chris Floyd, and Arthur Silber would be our news anchors...