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What We Learned: Top 10 Political Lessons for 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The good, the bad, the game changers and the so-sos. Here are ten things that happened in 2010 politics that we'd do well to remember in 2011.

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No Labels? No Movement.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Why did the launch of “No Labels” – a new “movement” to become MoveOn.org for the political middle – receive such extraordinary attention on Monday? Unlike MoveOn, which earned its attention by giving millions of regular Americans an opportunity to express their frustration with the start of the Iraq War in 2003, No Labels doesn’t have a committed membership. Unlike the Tea Party – another analogue that was invoked during the day-long kick-off – No Labels hasn’t seen its followers organize around town hall meetings across the country.

Instead, No Labels seems to have become an instantly faddish phenomenon due to its high-profile attendees – and the love affair a certain set of elites has with claiming the middle of the road.

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Thomas Frank on The Magic Middle

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

If the Democrats in the House scuttle this thing, it's just clear as day what happens. Taxes go up on everybody on New Year's Eve. The Republicans take control of the House a week later. A week and a day later, they pass a package which I promise you, from the Democratic standpoint will be not nearly as good as what we have right now, and then they tell the story that the Democrats, a week ago, raised taxes on every single American and we came in our white horses and lowered them.

- Thomas Frank, columnist for Harper's Magazine, on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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Bloomberg Headlines Launch of 'No Labels' Group for Independents

Monday, December 13, 2010

No Labels, but a lot of bold-faced names. Stars from politics and punditry will be at the Monday launch of a new independent group that's looking to seize the center of the national political debate.

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