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Now more than ever, it's vital we pay attention to the candidates the Obama Administration puts forward.
In light of VP Joe 'Hollywood' Biden's unbridled support by and for media industries and the Administration's inability to take a principled stand against the financial, insurance or pharmaceutical lobbyists, as well as its apparent pursuit of unbridled Executive power, it's dubious that the candidates we see coming from this White House will be equal to the chair being vacated by Justice Stevens.
If you think Kagen is an acceptable replacement, you must read Glenn Greenwald's commentary on the nominations . . . We absolutely MUST have a nominee that will fill Stevens seat with the same dedication to the rule-of-law and sensible jurisprudence he provided.
This is just too important for us to get it wrong. Unfortunately, it will take an unprecedented show of public intolerance for inadequate nominees.
The best . . . and hardest to do well . . . in my humble opinion.
Valis would be interesting too.
I was going to suggest you use "oligopoly" instead of oligarchy, but after considering it further I think the proper term should be "oligarchopoly".
This is the dark side of the Obama candidacy in my opinion, completely predictable from the moment he chose Joe "Media Industry Lacky" Biden as his running-mate.
If the Bush administration was pandering to the energy industry, this one will be pandering to the traditional media industries. What will be most interesting will be seeing how this administration balances telecommunications and new media interests versus more traditional media interests. I predict they'll tie themselves in knots even the most adept contortionist couldn't imagine.