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The Long Game

I won’t be posting any articles on Wednesday, in support of the Internet strike against PIPA and SOPA.

Meanwhile, go read this article by Andrew Sullivan “How Obama’s Long Game Will Outsmart His Critics”. It is brilliant.



  1. Jeff wrote:

    It’s a great article by Sullivan, equaled only by the critics who have been calling it “controversial.” Megyn Kelly from Fox News went on a rampage over this, but went after Sullivan rather than the content of the article. Sullivan then challenged Fox to invite him on to debate the content of the article. So far, I don’t think they’ve accepted.

    While Obama has been far from perfect, he has done a lot of good things. He’s at least attempted to be centrist on the issues, and when the extremes on either side attack him, it comes back to bite them. He truly is conducting himself respectfully, which is good to see. If nothing else, he’s brought some eloquence back to the oval office. That’s to be admired.

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 10:12 am | Permalink
  2. Iron Knee wrote:

    “Obama has been far from perfect” — translation: “he is a politician”. And a politician in a broken system that is completely beholden to the rich and powerful. If you were expecting a savior, get over it.

    If anything, the protests against PIPA/SOPA are showing that politicians listen when people get involved. So if you don’t like something Obama is doing, you know what to do.

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 10:46 am | Permalink
  3. Iron Knee wrote:

    New evidence that people who say the Obama won’t stand up to the Republicans are wrong. Obama rejected fast-tracking the Keystone XL pipeline. According to environmental leader Bill McKibben “The knock on Barack Obama from many quarters has been that he’s too conciliatory. But here, in the face of a naked political threat from Big Oil to exact ‘huge political consequences,’ he’s stood up strong.”

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Permalink
  4. Don wrote:

    I twice sent emails to my right wing Publican representative to Congress on PIPA/SOPA (jointly known as DOPA). The first response 3 or so weeks ago was that piracy needed to be stopped and said little else. The response I received from him day before yesterday indicated that he had serious misgivings about the reach of SIPO (“I am concerned by some of the overreaching provisions in this legislation. I believe that we should improve how law enforcement combats piracy, but I want to avoid im posing burdensome or needless regulations on U.S. companies….”). This may not seem like a lot, but coming from Wally Herger, it’s a significant shift in his stance. I’m guessing I’m not the only constituent that has contacted him from a very similar perspective. I’m guessing there aren’t too many of us plain old citizens writing our congressional representative in support of the legislation as it stands. Only folks behind it are lobbyists from the various media distribution organizations.

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Permalink