It was early September 2008. Obama, by then widely regarded as the frontrunner in the general election, was campaigning from atop one of the most sophisticated, fully conceived political organizations this country has ever seen. An old college acquaintance of mine who was working for the campaign, Emily Thielmann, sent an email to a few friends saying her regional field director was looking to hire an additional field organizer. A mutual friend forwarded me the email, which I initially ignored, having little interest in quitting my job and moving to the small, mostly rural county in the thumb of Michigan where the office was. A few days later I was [...]
"President Obama has decided that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and has asked his Justice Department to stop defending it in court, the administration announced today."
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs will depart from that position to become a political consultant to the President as he gears up for re-election. We will miss his blunt ways and general shininess.
The numbers are out, and here's how the House of Representatives will be reapportioned: Texas gets four new seats, Florida gets two, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, South Carolina, Utah and Washington get one new seat each. New York and Ohio each lose two seats, while Illinois, New Jersey, Iowa, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Missouri and Massachusetts each lose one. This is considered very good news for Republicans, but then again, what isn't considered very good news for Republicans these days?