Articles by: Peter Fegan
I'm a pragmatic progressive. Lover of music and passionate about certain issues. Guess which ones! My basic core philosophy comes down to this: If I can get 60% to 70% of what I want, I'll take it. The reason? Simple: A little bit of something is better than a whole lot of nothing. I desire open and honest debate, but am contemptuous of intellectual mediocrity being passed off as populism. If my foot doctor does a lousy job on my foot, I find another foot doctor, I don't go to my mechanic and ask him his opinion. My favorite motto? I'd rather be ruled by a smart Turk than a dumb Christian.

Four More Years: The Case for Barack Obama

Four More Years: The Case for Barack Obama

One candidate at least has a track record and, based on that alone, he has earned the chance to finish the job he started.

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“PROGRESS”ive Gains

“PROGRESS”ive Gains

One of the inherent problems of running a campaign that keeps asking voters if they are better off now than they were four years ago is that, for many, the answer is yes.

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Blow One For ‘The Gipper’: Why 2012 Isn’t 1980

Blow One For ‘The Gipper’: Why 2012 Isn’t 1980

Unfortunately for Republicans, 2012 doesn’t even remotely compare to 1980.

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In Search of Mayberry R.F.D.

In Search of Mayberry R.F.D.

We were one big happy family back then. Of course there was only one problem with that narrative. It simply wasn’t true.

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Pulling Back The Curtain On The Grand Old Party

Pulling Back The Curtain On The Grand Old Party

Despite their latest attempts to hide the truth, what we find is a party of fanatics, sycophants and bigots.

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Ryan, Romney’s Last, Best Hope

Ryan, Romney’s Last, Best Hope

Will it be enough to save his election hopes?

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Romney Blames Obama For Arab Spring

Romney Blames Obama For Arab Spring

Yes, July can’t end fast enough for Mitt Romney. The only question is, will August be any better?

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Mitt Romney’s ‘Taxing’ Dilemma

Mitt Romney’s ‘Taxing’ Dilemma

When it comes to the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, Mitt Romney is in about as much of a pickle, politically speaking, as any presidential candidate can be.

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Romney Can’t Back Away From Obamacare

Romney Can’t Back Away From Obamacare

Far more crucial than any tangible benefit this political win means for the President, is the predicament it puts the former governor of Massachusetts in.

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Broccoli Be Damned

Broccoli Be Damned

Roberts’ decision to side with the liberals on the Court was unusual and completely unexpected.

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The Romney Platform – I’m Better Than Obama, I Just Can’t Say How

The Romney Platform – I’m Better Than Obama, I Just Can’t Say How

Romney has not given any details as part of a strategy to avoid the pitfalls which sank previous campaigns.

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Thomas Friedman’s Third-Party Obsession

Thomas Friedman’s Third-Party Obsession

He realizes the Republicans and Mitt Romney have nothing to offer the nation except the specter of a third George Bush term.

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Paul Krugman Was Right, The GOP Was Wrong (As Usual)

Paul Krugman Was Right, The GOP Was Wrong (As Usual)

The real test is going to be whether Barack Obama can hold off the horde of austerity buffs who want to repeat in America what has already failed in Europe.

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Trouble In The Badger State

Trouble In The Badger State

Don’t look now but ever since forcing a recall election on Scott Walker things have not been going all that well for the Democrats.

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A Tree Grows At CNN: Fareed Zakaria And The Quest For Journalistic Integrity

A Tree Grows At CNN: Fareed Zakaria And The Quest For Journalistic Integrity

Fareed Zakaria is an actual journalist. He is both editor-at-large and a columnist for Time magazine, as well as The Washington Post.

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The Wright Stuff: The Right-Wing Obsession With Jeremiah Wright

The Wright Stuff: The Right-Wing Obsession With Jeremiah Wright

Know this about the Right; if Jeremiah Wright had been a dog or a cat, they would’ve been brought up on animal cruelty charges for the way in which they have viciously and relentlessly beaten him over the last four years.

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The Death of the ‘Moderate’ Politician

The Death of the ‘Moderate’ Politician

What do Jon Huntsman and Richard Lugar have in common? If you said both are Republicans, you’d be wrong, so far as whatever being a Republican means these days. The correct answer is unemployed and unemployable, at least by any meaningful or measurable statistic I can think of.

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Idiots’ Delight: NBC, Allen West, Mockingbird Haters, And The Nuge

Idiots’ Delight: NBC, Allen West, Mockingbird Haters, And The Nuge

Whew, that was close! For a while there I thought I was going to have to change the name of this piece from Idiots’ Delight (plural) to Idiot’s Delight (singular), such it seemed was the difficulty in finding multiple instances of idiocy on an equal footing in a given month.

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The Titanic: One Hundred Years Later, The Unthinkable Lives On In The Form Of Too Big To Fail

The Titanic: One Hundred Years Later, The Unthinkable Lives On In The Form Of Too Big To Fail

The Great Recession of 2008 – the worst economic upheaval since the Great Depression of the 1930s – brought the world to the edge of the precipice. It was yet another painful reminder that not only aren’t unregulated markets rational, they can be responsible for causing untold carnage if given half a chance.

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It Don’t Mean A Thing If You Ain’t Got Them Swing States

It Don’t Mean A Thing If You Ain’t Got Them Swing States

It’s the swing states stupid.

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