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Month: December 2006

December 30, 2006
The Texas Confederate Statues Controversy

Out of Austin, Texas comes word that the president of the University of Texas is forming a panel to decide the fate of numerous campus statues depicting Confederate leaders such as Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis. President William Powers Jr. summarized the lingering controversy: "The whole range of options is on the table. A […]

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December 29, 2006
Top 10 GOP Sound Bites, 2006 Final Edition

As 2006 comes to a close, the Top 10 GOP Sound Bites chart has been turned upside down. In the wake of the Republicans' midterm election nightmare and the battering of the Iraq Study Group report, a bevy of GOP favorites have fallen off the list. Nowhere is the shake-up more evident than in the […]

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December 28, 2006
Gordon Smith and the Resurrection of Trent Lott

Back in November, BlueOregon highlighted the key role played by Oregon's Gordon Smith in restoring Trent Lott to the Republican leadership in the Senate. Now, the December 18th issue of the New Republic offers the rich backstory on Smith's indispensable help in resurrecting the disgraced Lott at the expense of the milquetoast Tennessee Senator Lamar […]

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December 26, 2006
Brownback on the Red-Blue Divide

In its December 18th issue, the New Republic offers a window into the soul of Kansas Republican Senator and 2008 White House hopeful Sam Brownback. Tracing Brownback's dual conversions from small government Gingrich acolyte to red meat culture warrior and from devout evangelical to Catholic firebrand, TNR ponders his presidential prospects. But Brownback's' new found […]

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December 25, 2006
Happy Holidays from Barbara and George H.W. Bush

The holiday season frequently features both selfless charity and empty gestures. For Barbara and George H.W. Bush, 2006 proved no exception. Appearing on ABC's This Week on Christmas Eve, the President's parents recalled their work over the past week ringing the bell for the Salvation Army in Houston. Calling it "the Lord's work," Bush the […]

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December 20, 2006
The White House on Winning and Losing in Iraq

There's an old saying it doesn't matter whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game. But as President Bush's press conference this morning shows, when its comes to saying whether or not the U.S. is winning or losing it Iraq, the White House just isn't playing the game very well. "I believe […]

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December 20, 2006
Surge and Purge: The Bush Strategy for Iraq

While President Bush has declared that he "won't be rushed" into unveiling his new strategy for Iraq, the outlines are already clear. The twin pillars of the coming Bush approach appear to be a "surge" in U.S. force levels combined with the sacking of the generals opposed to it. Call it "Surge and Purge." Rumors […]

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December 19, 2006
Support the Troops This Holiday Season

With the nation engaged in a critical debate about the path forward in (or out of) Iraq during this holiday season, we should never lose sight of the men and women in the U.S. armed forces who serve in our name. We are immensely privileged to live in a nation where a selfless few fight […]

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December 19, 2006
The Ideal Liberal Holiday Gift

Perrspectives is pleased to offer the ideal holiday gift for that hard-to-please progressive on your list. As the New Year approaches, the Conservative Threat Level (CTL) t-shirt helps you and your ones resist the right-wing effort to turn back the clock to the Middle Ages. Visit the new Perrspectives store over at CafePress to get […]

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December 17, 2006
Iraq and the 7 Habits of Highly Defective Presidents

Since he first stepped into the Oval Office, much has been made about George W. Bush as America's CEO, our first MBA President. In the wake of the Iraq Study Group report, the nation has been eagerly awaiting President Bush's now-delayed new strategy with the baited breath surrounding a major new product announcement. But as […]

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Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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