Dan Chmielewski

Obama Press Conference: About the notion of bipartisanship

President Obama has three Republicans on his cabinent and made overtures to the GOP minority in the House and Senate on the stimulus bill.  Thus far, his efforts to reach across the aisle have yielded exactly three votes from the Senate from Republican moderates. Now when George W. Bush was president and the Democrats were…

New Gallup Poll: Americans Favor Obama on Stimulus Bill

A reminder that Orange County is sometimes an alternative universe politically-speaking.  But in the reality-based community, the American people resoundingly back President Obama and support the Stimulus bill.  Here’s the latest numbers from Gallup. From the text on Gallup’s site: President Obama would appear to have the upper hand in the current focus on Congress’…

Was the New Deal a Failure?

“Obama is re-running the FDR’s attempt to spend our way out of economic downturn. It failed then, and it will fail now. “ — Matt Cunningam, in a comment posted last week on the LiberalOC.com I always have to give credit to people like Matt Cunningham and assemblyman Chuck DeVore; their claims of facts on…

The Irvine Tattler hangs it up

The Irvine Tattler, a web site that offered no ability to correct incorrect information, is going offline on Valentine’s Day. The site, which hadn’t had a new posted since October 29, 2008 (they ran out of gas before election day) slung some of the best mud out there, mostly directly at Todd Gallinger for his…

Monday’s Read: Republicanism Explained

I received a link to this blog and laughed myself silly this morning reading the post “Republicanism Explained.”  The First Draft blog has some salty language, so I’m happy to send you to their site for you to read it yourself.  Some select excerpts below: “So it comes down to this:  Republicanism is an ideology by and…

Cheerleading for Republicans

While Steven Greenhut and I have had a number of discussions about how the OC Register’s editorial positions often do reflect those held by liberals and Democrats, it’s pretty hard to argue against the notion that the Register’s editorial pages are closer to a Republican Party house organ than an independent newspaper.  The Register will…

Griping about money in Irvine elections

Sean Emery has a pretty interesting story in Saturday’s edition of the Irvine World News/OC Post. The story reports that $1.3 million was used for candidates and ballot measures in last November’s election.  Not a shabby number for a city of 200,000 people. The biggest whiners: those candidates who represent the “old” Irvine, the ones…