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Posted by on Oct 3, 2007 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

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A round up of recent posts by various bloggers who either attempt to strike a balanced note on heated debates and controversial issues, or improve our ability to find our own sense of balance by exposing us to new information and different points-of-view.


With a little help from others, Andrew Sullivan plays Solomon on the subject of legalizing illegal drugs.

Amba writes about her brother’s experience with the “language-education hornet’s nest.”

Earlier this week, Rick Moran disavowed the Republicans and kicked them hard on his way out the door. And though I typically don’t, as a matter of principle, include posts at my other blog in these round ups, I’ll make an exception today because Moran’s rant prompted two rather spirited responses at CS: one from me and one from the always-pragmatic Dennis Sanders.

Proving once again that his blog fully deserves the title he gave it, Daniel DiRito weighs in on the dissonance in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community over The Employment Non-Discrimination Act. (Honestly, DiRito’s essay on this topic may be one of the most intelligent I’ve read in a very long time, and that’s saying a lot, given the formidable intelligence of TMV’s many contributors.)

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  • casualobserver

    Read the “moderate Republican” posts with interest, Pete.

    While I admire the ambition of your comrades to “grass roots organize” back to less socially divisive agendas, I think it is naturally going to happen anyway.

    Originally, the Republican base was defined without the Southern fundamentalists, but they were courted to provide the winning margin against the Dems.

    For 2008, assuming no major gaffes and no major world events, HRC inherits the WH and the Dems improve their margins in Congress.

    To undo that, the hard right will be the ones courting back (by softening their social stances) the more traditional Republicans.

  • I hope you’re right, casualobserver.

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