Archive for February, 2008

Speaking of the 90s

Posted February 28, 2008 By Dave Thomer

So I’m on my way to class today to give an exam, and I’m reviewing in my head the instructions I have to give about people putting away their iPods and turning off their cell phones. And I think to myself, “I certainly don’t have to tell them to turn off their pagers. Wow, technology […]

Well, Off the Top of My Head

Posted February 27, 2008 By Dave Thomer

Bill Clinton apparently takes issue with a Barack Obama ad in which he says “I don’t want to spend the next year, or the next four years, re-fighting the same fights we had in the 1990s.” Clinton responded, “what fights should we not have made?” Well, I think it would have been nice if we […]

The Time Crunch of Deliberation

Posted February 9, 2008 By Dave Thomer

As my noodling about deliberation intersects with my near-obsessive following of Democratic presidential delegate selection results, it is probably worth examining the undercurrent of controversy about the use of caucuses in some states to select delegates. The argument for caucuses is that they encourage interaction between voters, encourages people to stand behind their choices, and […]