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Sunday, March 7, 2010

And the winner is....

Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin co-hosted the Academy Awards.

THE OSCARS!

4 out of ten people watching television programming watched the Oscars, the best performance in ten years. According to Nielsen's local overnights, which measure viewership in 56 of the nation's largest markets, the 82nd Annual Academy Awards averaged roughly a 26.5 household rating/40 share from 8:30 to 11:39 p.m. ET (when the final national commercial aired), up nicely from last year's 22.9/36. 

FROM THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, Variety and The Wrap

Oscars 2010

BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR
"Avatar"
(20th Century Fox) A Lightstorm Entertainment Production; James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
"The Blind Side"
(Warner Bros.) An Alcon Entertainment Production 
Nominees to be determined
"District 9"
(Sony Pictures Releasing) A Block/Hanson Production; Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers
"An Education"
(Sony Pictures Classics) A Finola Dwyer/Wildgaze Films Production; Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
Winner: "The Hurt Locker" 
(Summit Entertainment) A Voltage Pictures Production

"Inglourious Basterds"
(The Weinstein Company) A Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures/A Band Apart/Zehnte Babelsberg Production; Lawrence Bender, Producer
"Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"
(Lionsgate) A Lee Daniels Entertainment/Smokewood Entertainment Production 
Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
"A Serious Man"
(Focus Features) A Working Title Films Production; Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
"Up"
(Walt Disney) A Pixar Production; Jonas Rivera, Producer
"Up in the Air" 
(Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios) A Montecito Picture Company Production; Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers


PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Winner: Jeff Bridges in "Crazy Heart" (Fox Searchlight)
George Clooney in "Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
Colin Firth in "A Single Man" (The Weinstein Company)
Morgan Freeman in "Invictus" (Warner Bros.)
Jeremy Renner in "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment)

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Winner: Sandra Bullock in "The Blind Side" (Warner Bros.)
Helen Mirren in "The Last Station" (Sony Pictures Classics)
Carey Mulligan in "An Education" (Sony Pictures Classics)
Gabourey Sidibe in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate)
Meryl Streep in "Julie & Julia" (Sony Pictures Releasing)

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Matt Damon in "Invictus" (Warner Bros.)
Woody Harrelson in "The Messenger" (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
Christopher Plummer in "The Last Station" (Sony Pictures Classics)
Stanley Tucci in "The Lovely Bones" (DreamWorks in association with Film4, Distributed by Paramount)
Winner: Christoph Waltz in "Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company)

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Penélope Cruz in "Nine" (The Weinstein Company)
Vera Farmiga in "Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
Maggie Gyllenhaal in "Crazy Heart" (Fox Searchlight)
Anna Kendrick in "Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
Winner: Mo'Nique in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate)

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING
"Avatar" (20th Century Fox)
James Cameron
Winner: "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment)
Kathryn Bigelow

"Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company)
Quentin Tarantino
"Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate)
Lee Daniels
"Up in the Air" (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
Jason Reitman

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
"Coraline" (Focus Features)
Henry Selick
"Fantastic Mr. Fox" (20th Century Fox)
Wes Anderson
"The Princess and the Frog" (Walt Disney)
John Musker and Ron Clements
"The Secret of Kells" (GKIDS)
Tomm Moore
Winner: "Up" (Walt Disney)
Pete Docter


ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
"District 9" Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell (Sony Pictures Releasing)
"An Education"Screenplay by Nick Hornby (Sony Pictures Classics)
"In the Loop" Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche, (IFC Films)
Winner: "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher (Lionsgate)
"Up in the Air" Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Winner: "The Hurt Locker" Written by Mark Boal (Summit Entertainment) 
"Inglourious Basterds" Written by Quentin Tarantino (The Weinstein Company)
"The Messenger" Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
"A Serious Man" Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (Focus Features) 
"Up" Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter. Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy (Walt Disney)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"Ajami" (Kino International) An Inosan Production
Israel
Winner: "El Secreto de Sus Ojos" (Sony Pictures Classics) A Haddock Films Production 
Argentina

"The Milk of Sorrow" A Wanda Visión/Oberon Cinematogràfica/Vela Production 
Peru
"Un Prophète" (Sony Pictures Classics) A Why Not/Page 114/Chic Films Production 
France 
"The White Ribbon" (Sony Pictures Classics) An X Filme Creative Pool/Wega Film/Les Films du Losange/Lucky Red Production 
Germany

ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION
Winner: "Avatar" (20th Century Fox)
Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg
Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair

"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" (Sony Pictures Classics)
Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro
Set Decoration: Caroline Smith
"Nine" (The Weinstein Company)
Art Direction: John Myhre
Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
"Sherlock Holmes" (Warner Bros.)
Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood
Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
"The Young Victoria" (Apparition)
Art Direction: Patrice Vermette
Set Decoration: Maggie Gray

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
Winner: "Avatar" (20th Century Fox) Mauro Fiore
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (Warner Bros.) Bruno Delbonnel
"The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) Barry Ackroyd
"Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company) Robert Richardson
"The White Ribbon" (Sony Pictures Classics) Christian Berger

ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
"Bright Star" (Apparition) Janet Patterson
"Coco before Chanel" (Sony Pictures Classics) Catherine Leterrier
"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"
(Sony Pictures Classics) Monique Prudhomme
"Nine" (The Weinstein Company) Colleen Atwood
Winner: "The Young Victoria" (Apparition) Sandy Powell

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING
"Avatar" (20th Century Fox)
Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
Winner: "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment)
Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett

"Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company)
Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano
"Star Trek" (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment)
Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (DreamWorks and Paramount in association with Hasbro, Distributed by Paramount)
Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING
"Avatar" (20th Century Fox) Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
Winner: "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) Paul N.J. Ottosson
"Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company) Wylie Stateman
"Star Trek" (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment) Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
"Up" (Walt Disney) Michael Silvers and Tom Myers

ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
Winner: "Avatar" (20th Century Fox)
Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones 

"District 9" (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken 
"Star Trek" (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment)
Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP
"Il Divo" (MPI Media Group through Music Box) - Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
Winner: "Star Trek" (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment) - Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
"The Young Victoria" (Apparition) - Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)
"Avatar" (20th Century Fox) - James Horner
"Fantastic Mr. Fox" (20th Century Fox) - Alexandre Desplat
"The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) - Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
"Sherlock Holmes" (Warner Bros.) - Hans Zimmer
Winner: "Up" (Walt Disney) - Michael Giacchino

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SONG)
"Almost There" from "The Princess and the Frog" (Walt Disney) - Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
"Down in New Orleans" from "The Princess and the Frog" (Walt Disney) - Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
"Loin de Paname" from "Paris 36" (Sony Pictures Classics) - Music by Reinhardt Wagner, Lyric by Frank Thomas 
"Take It All" from "Nine" (The Weinstein Company) - Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
Winner: "The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" from "Crazy Heart" (Fox Searchlight) - Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING
"Avatar" (20th Century Fox) - Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
"District 9" (Sony Pictures Releasing) - Julian Clarke
Winner: "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment) - Bob Murawski and Chris Innis 
"Inglourious Basterds" (The Weinstein Company) - Sally Menke
"Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" (Lionsgate) - Joe Klotz

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
"Burma VJ" (Oscilloscope Laboratories) A Magic Hour Films Production; Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
Winner: "The Cove" (Roadside Attractions) An Oceanic Preservation Society Production 
"Food, Inc." (Magnolia Pictures) A Robert Kenner Films Production; Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein
"The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers" A Kovno Communications Production; Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
"Which Way Home" A Mr. Mudd Production; Rebecca Cammisa

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
"China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province" - A 
Downtown Community Television Center Production; Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill
"The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner" - A Just Media Production; Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher
"The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant" - A Community Media Production; Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
Winner: "Music by Prudence" - An iThemba Production; Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett
"Rabbit à la Berlin" - (Deckert Distribution) An MS Films Production; Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
"The Door" (Network Ireland Television) An Octagon Films Production
Juanita Wilson and James Flynn
"Instead of Abracadabra" (The Swedish Film Institute) A Directörn & Fabrikörn Production
Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström 
"Kavi" A Gregg Helvey Production
Gregg Helvey
"Miracle Fish"(Premium Films) A Druid Films Production
Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey
Winner: "The New Tenants"A Park Pictures and M & M Production
Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson


BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
"French Roast" A Pumpkin Factory/Bibo Films Production
Fabrice O. Joubert
"Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty" (Brown Bag Films) A Brown Bag Films Production
Nicky Phelan and Darragh O'Connell
"The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)" A Kandor Graphics and Green Moon Production
Javier Recio Gracia
Winner: "Logorama"(Autour de Minuit) An Autour de Minuit Production
Nicolas Schmerkin

"A Matter of Loaf and Death"(Aardman Animations)
An Aardman Animations Production
Nick Park


Select previous award season winners:

BAFTA Award Winners

Producers Guild Award Winners


Directors Guild Award Winners

Golden Globe Award Winners

For a complete list of all awards, including those awarded previous to this evening, go to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences web site. Use the search feature on this and my other blog to compare to the winners of previous awards during this years "awards cycle." 

Sources:  The WrapVariety, Hollywood Reporter, Las Vegas Review Journal, CNN and The Associated Press. Photo from Hollywood Reporter.

Palin used Canadian Health Care as child, opposed US plans

From the Huffington Post, posted here thanks to my friend Nancy Giles.

÷Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin -- who has gone to great lengths to hype the supposed dangers of a big government takeover of American health care -- admitted over the weekend that she used to get her treatment in Canada's single-payer system.

"We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada," Palin said in her first Canadian appearance since stepping down as governor of Alaska. "And I think now, isn't that ironic?"

The irony, one guesses, is that Palin now views Canada's health care system as revolting: with its government-run administration and 'death-panel'-like rationing. Clearly, however, she and her family once found it more alluring than, at the very least, the coverage available in rural Alaska. Up to the age of six, Palin lived in a remote town near the closest Canadian city, Whitehorse."

Palin contradicted statements she made to Alaskan newspapers concerning the same childhood event, where she said that her brother was taken on the ferry to Juno, not the train to Whitehorse.

Sunday Morning News and Views



The Brokest Generation
Tom Brokow took a look at how what was the wealthiest generation, the older baby boomers, are weathering the financial storm.  Born between 1946 and 1964, there are 78 million remaining Baby Boomers alive with three trillion in buying power. They caught one of the most unprecedented waves of prosperity in American history. Homes doubled in sizes. McMansions and two, three and four car households.

This recession, which Brokaw calls a Depression, hit right when Baby Boomers were preparing to retire. They are an integral part of our economy, but also victims of it. Four million Baby Boomers are unemployed.

Discrimination, one we have not addressed or come to fully grasp, is as large as it was in the previous discrimination, only now it is discrimination against seniors. Most of the job interviews are bias against older white males, according to Brokow, who are seen as not fitting into our economy.  The market wants Hispanic, female, computer savvy and youth.

Boomers find themselves overextended, with their equity gone on their housing, stocks weakened, job prospects dropping to almost none. By the time all baby boomers are 65 it will take two younger people to support ever senior to keep social security and Medicare operational.

Brokow says that the 1960’s idealism is still alive, and that credit is due. Most of the social changes the Boomers fought for are the very ones now keeping them from finding jobs, earning a living and recovering from the crash that is this recession/depression. Reverse discrimination.

Babyboomers are the most highly educated generation every produced, responsible for the space race, computers, advanced in medicine, science and making the world a much better place, often taken for granted by younger generations.

The education expectations and opportunities that younger people take for granted were set by, established by and realistic to the boomers for most of their lives.

Economic Future
“The economy lost only 36,000 jobs” I show Maria Bartiromo framed the economy this morning on The Wall Street Journal Report. No matter that one in ten Americans are on unemployment and the real percentage unemployed or underemployed sits at one in three.

Robert Engle, Nobel Prize winner and NYU Professor says recovery is slow, with job numbers flat with little to no job creation this year. Most consumers have been hit by unemployment, layoffs, loss in the stock market and drop in the value of their homes. The consumer will not be the engine of growth, as they have been in past recessions. Maria inserted, and he did not confirm, that business will be the engine of growth.

Unlike Maria, Engle wants to see some Federal regulation and feels that increased transparency, a move to exchanges and oversight will help stabilize our system to grow into the future. The worry is that we will have another financial meltdown, which is possible. Good regulation would have the effect of being positively rewarded by the market, with hiring, buying and growth. He differentiated between good and bad regulation, saying we need to be careful we do not become draconian.

Engle says whatever regulation we do must be coordinated internationally, because the economy depends on all nations. We are in a global financial system. We may need an organization that oversees everything internationally.

Media Greed, Viewers Suffer
Cablevision and Disney failed to come to terms on serving the three and a half million customers of Cablevision. So no ABC or Oscars tonight in parts of New Jersey, New York and adjacent states, as ABC pulled its programs from Cablevision. At issue is that all Disney programming cost more than half the revenue the cable company fishes out to non-premium cable programming providers. Disney says that is not an issue, and the issue is that Cablevision is underpaying for ABC-TV.


Seek out only what you want to see
Search engines are getting personal, with the potential of limiting results, or top results, to what the robot in the computer thinks you want to see. The time spent on the page or pages like it are memorized.

The concern is an echo chamber effect, with too many times what people want coming back instead of what they may need or should be exposed to. So, the process of cocooning or podding and only finding and using what you already agree with or accept is now being reinforced by Google.

Bing is even more targeted, with the addition of adding a priority for commercial results (prioritizing those who pay Microsoft a fee) and limiting the number of results (touted as an advantage in Bing’s television advertising).

Privacy is also and issue, as Google and Microsoft both collect your habits on the web to provide this service. Search history, web use, buying habits are all stored, allegedly in private.

Virtual Life
Increasingly everything from film festivals to concerts are streaming live on-line, or offering web achieves to visit and enjoy. It is becoming possible to be active in the cultural and other communities no matter where you live or what you are interested in. Then, if you wish, you can create an avatar and live in a virtual world, complete with movie theaters screening current films, clothing stores, schools, lectures and sporting events.

Are we distancing ourselves from going out and being social? Are we losing out interpersonal one on one in person skills? Will there be a virtual world of large lazy humans similar to those shown in the Pixar film “Wallie”?

3D or not 3D?
Only 1 in 10 Americans go to a movie theater in any given year. Box Office is at an all time high. The disparity is in repeat business and that ticket prices have risen and those who go to the theaters are experimenting with 3-D. But will 3D work in the long run? Despite the record box office of “Avatar” and expected boom of films due out over the next year, we are in a deep recession and prices now make it difficult for many Americans to take their family or even a date, for an evening of movies and dinner. Meanwhile DVD rentals are dropping in price, on-line distribution of films and video increasing and the cost of flat screen high definition or 720p extended definition televisions is dropping. Even if Americans do not go to the theater, will they shell out money or 3D televisions and 3D glasses for their entire family and guests?  Computer sales are down in this recession, and budgets tightening. During the Great Depression movie going hit an all time high, but ticket prices were low, theaters may have been the only air conditioning available and there was no television, DVD or home video source except or those wealthy enough to have home projectors.

News
Stevie Wonder earned one of Frances most prestigious awards last night, the Commander of Arts and Letters. The lifetime achievement award is for both contribution to the arts and literature and overall contributions to society.

Showing the good humor she is known for, Sandra Bullock accepted a somewhat less prestigious award last night…the Razzie for worst actress in a movie. The event is held every year on the ever of the Academy Awards. She accepted her Golden Raspberry statuette and handed out DVD’s of her film, asking those in attendance to actually watch the movie. While the Razzie was an award for the comedy “All About Steve”, Bullock is up for the Best Actress Oscar this evening for “The Blind Side”. Bullock is the first actress to show up to accept an award since Halle Baree in 2005 took the honors for “Catwoman”. Baree brought the Oscar she won for “Monster’s Ball” to that ceremony. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” earned worst picture, worst director and worst screenplay.

President Barack Obama had to spend “far too much time talking about what’s not in the health overhaul bill trying to counter “wild accusations” by Republicans, according to US Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Still she said that if the president had sent a finished proposal to Congress instead of allow Congress to craft its own legislation, “it would have been dead on arrival.” She says she knows that if efforts to derail any bill are successful, it will be a financial and health care disaster for America.



Election Day in Iraq, with a unique constitutional mandate that at least one in four of those elected to the parliament being women. This issue was discussed on the BBC, with a strong feeling that it is not democratic. Underrepresentation of women, according to women members of parliament, reflects more how women choose family or being close to family over the many hours needed or the underpaid part time job of being an MP far from home.

An interesting debate, or fight, on the air between Sir Bob Geldoff and a BBC Senior Editor over a BBC documentary claiming that funds from his 1980’s benefit concert (the first major televised world wide fundraising concert in history) going to weapons instead of food in Ethiopia. Geldoff claims shoddy reporting and that not one dime to his group, the Red Cross or any other aid group helping famine victims went for military arms. Geldoff has threatened to sue the BBC, the reporter and the editor if the story proves false. He has also promised to sue the Ethiopian Government if there is any truth to the BBC report. Sir Bob says that the reports were timed to impact the elections in Ethiopia next week, and the BBC was manipulated by former military and officials who are in exile and wish to see the current government overthrown. He strongly resents the BBC using its resources on a “manufactured” story about the 1980’s when there is so much, good and bad, to report on in Africa. Ethiopia itself is on its way to being one the more prosperous and modern nations on the continent.

Violence between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria has left at least 200 dead, by eyewitness reports. Most of the victims appear to be Christian women and children killed by blows from machetes. In January more then 300 died in similar attacks.

Domestic violence is on the rise, as the recession puts families under major stress and job opportunities remain limited. Studies indicate that men are more likely to grow violent under the pressure of a lack of identity that losing a job can bring, and that increasingly women are also instigating both emotional and physical violence. Domestic violence calls are considered the most dangerous response for police officers, who never know what they will face and may find the alleged victim turning on the officers.

UNLV’s dreams of becoming a world-class university are on hold, as nine million dollars must be slashed from its budget for the next school year, four to six million from academic programs. Five to as many as ten of the twenty most expensive programs may be cut partially or entirely. Cuts may include science, graduate level nursing, theater, film, journalism and any of fifteen other programs. In addition UNLV may stop teaching college prep courses, instead following California’s lead in requiring college proficiency be taken at the community college level. Meanwhile the College of Southern Nevada also faces possible deep cuts in programs and sections, with consideration of dropping the traditional open admission policy.

Politics: Is Washington Broken.

The political left is running full-page ads that show Obama morphing into President Bush.  Both political parties are being eaten alive from within.

Political affiliation is on the decline, despite, or possibly because of the heated patrician battles in Washington and at local levels. Splinter groups are impacting both parties, from Tea Party pseudo-libertarians to progressive liberals, from pro-life to pro-choice, from social activist to fiscal conservatives. Among younger voters affiliation with the Democratic Party has slipped slightly, however the gain on the Republican side has been smaller in scope, leading annalist to believe that apathy or a distrust of both parties may be growing.  Could the US be on the path to a multi-party coalition government? Or political stagnation and decay?

Fact the Nation addressed the issue of  “Is Washington Broken”?

Democratic Senator Evan Bayh, who chose not to run for reelection due to the stagnation he sees in government, says that neither side wants to listen to each other. The only times in his term of office that both sides got together were the impeachment trial of President Clinton and right after 9-11, both times because there was an uncertainty about which direction things will go.

“It is almost tribal” with the “caucus system” reinforcing political divisions and planning instead of working on issues and forming compromises.

When the nation is at war we use to get together, now we use it as a political football rather than working as a nation to win and then end war. We are at war, and much of the nation does not feel it or think of it and their politics do not seem to reflect it.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham is his friend. He is working the Bayh to build some bridges before Bayhs term is over.  He is against closing Gitmo. Bayh is in favor, but feels that prisoners should be judged individually with most being treated as military combatants.

Bayh is in favor of reconciliation. Graham says that reconciliation, if successful will take a patrician bill and make it law. He ways if the health care bill passes it will be catastrophic for the economy and on the congressional process. It will also cause a backlash in the elections leading to a polarized minority, no matter which party is the minority, for the future.

Bayh says that if Republicans play against the bill, they will reinforce the party of “no” and the stagnation of government. That would not be good for either party in the long run.

Graham says that it should be back to square one with a bill tailored for a field goal instead of a touchdown. He backs his party in saying that the current bill does nothing to lower the problem of cost escalation and the escalation of the debt. He does not believe congressional reports claiming the opposite, calling them flawed.


Washington Post Dan Batz says the system is highly polarized, very patrician and very stagnated. Most of the people in the country are somewhere between the parties in their beliefs and expectations.

Politico Executive director Jim VadeHei asked Senator Graham how much flack he is getting from his own party. VadeHei says that Graham is being criticized by his own party. Graham says he represents what he feels is right, with flack from both parties.

VandeHei says that primaries and gerrymandering of the House have empowered the extreme of both parties and made it difficult for a two party system to function. In the areas where there is a race, and in the Senate, the campaign season is now continuous, beginning before the results are in from the last campaign. This is not good for governing.

Graham says you have to sell your political soul to get elected, mortgaging your vote for financing.

Bayh says that many of the challenges are external and immediate, with our political process stuck at a time when we need to be moving, to act in pragmatic ways and move in some direction.  Bayh is leaving government because as a former CEO and Lt Governor, he feels that he can accomplish more from the outside, and possibly in entirely different areas, than as a US Senator.