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What went wrong with TARP? Which party wins if there's a government shutdown? Is the health care overhaul helping or hurting Democrats politically? Associate Editor Peter Suderman talks with The American Prospect's Monica Potts about these questions and more on Bloggingheads:

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  1. What went wrong with TARP?

    (1) It passed?

    (2) Nothing? I submit that TARP worked exactly as intended: a giant transfer of money to politically connected firms, which successfully privatized their profit and socialized their risk.

  2. Monica looks like she’s phoning it in. Hurr durr durr.

  3. Has anybody, ever, looked good on a webcam? Besides naked teenage girls, I mean?

  4. from Potts article here:

    http://www.prospect.org/cs/art….._narrative

    There’s not a lot of information about how that narrative can reinforce itself, but it led John Sides, a political scientist at George Washington University who blogs at The Monkey Cage, to quote a colleague of his who called this election a bubble. “There are lots of people saying the Republicans are going to take over Congress in part because lots of people are saying Republicans are going to take over Congress,” he writes. “We know that the wisdom of crowds can be deadly even when people have lots of their own money at stake (read: subprime mortgages); we shouldn’t necessarily expect it to be any better just because people’s reputations are on the line, should we?”

    How can a political blogger not be able to look at this:

    http://www.realclearpolitics.c…..e_map.html

    Seriously she is on the internet. People who read her article are on the internet. It says “Web only”.

    Who is she trying to fool?

  5. From Potts’s “web only” article here:

    http://www.prospect.org/cs/art….._narrative

    There’s not a lot of information about how that narrative can reinforce itself, but it led John Sides, a political scientist at George Washington University who blogs at The Monkey Cage, to quote a colleague of his who called this election a bubble. “There are lots of people saying the Republicans are going to take over Congress in part because lots of people are saying Republicans are going to take over Congress,” he writes. “We know that the wisdom of crowds can be deadly even when people have lots of their own money at stake (read: subprime mortgages); we shouldn’t necessarily expect it to be any better just because people’s reputations are on the line, should we?”

    Seriously? She is on the internet…the people who are reading it are on the internet…who is she trying to convince?

    Who on the internet who reads political blogs does not know about real clear politics? or can’t type “Election 2010 polls” in Google?

    Seriously a very sad piece of work.

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  7. The shutdowns in the 1980s and ’90s, both with a Republican prez (Reagan) and Democrat Congress and vice versa (Clinton), got painted very effectively by the news media as the Republicans’ fault.

  8. deregulation caused the crash?

    First off Bush was a record setter in creating regulations. I know that cuz reason told me about it.

    Second how does congress instructing Fannie and Freddy to buy and guarantee trillions of dollars worth of mortgages become a regulation?

    The crash was not caused by deregulation it was caused by the US government jumping into a market pumping trillions into it it without any regard for the effect.

  9. “Cap and trade was always going to be hard to get passed”

    Bullshit.

    If Dems had proposed a simple carbon tax and a corresponding reduction of income taxes to offset it it would have passed overwhelmingly….Republicans would simply not have given a shit.

    Dems wanted a corrupt system that would have allowed them to give out presents (carbon credits) to their friends at the expense of everyone else.

  10. polling does not matche 60+ seats in the house and 10 seats in the senate

    have you looked at the polling Sudderman?

    http://www.realclearpolitics.c…..e_map.html

    polls show 65 seat gain in the house

    http://www.realclearpolitics.c…..s_ups.html

    and 8 in the senate.

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