the difference between sociopaths and pyschopaths consisted of a sociopath not really caring whether his/her actions caused deaths, directly or indirectly, while a psychopath took some satisfaction in knowing he was responsible for someone's death.
In other words, the difference between Rick Perry and Dick Cheney (or Adolf Hitler).
But -- in the words of Republicans used in association with climate change -- "I'm not a scientist".
And, it's not just that Drudge is deciding what pieces of content from the biggest media outlets in the country are the ones that get attention/traffic. It's also that he remains extremely influential as a sort of daily booking guide for cable television. Bookers from every network check Drudge religiously to see what stories he's chosen to feature. Often, those stories wind up getting airtime.
So, if Drudge promotes Martin O'Malley, then O'Malley will almost certainly get more attention from the media, which should translate to a higher level of interest — or at least recognition — among average voters.
How long will O'Malley's Drudge honeymoon last? Probably up until (or, really, if) Drudge succeeds in helping to make O'Malley a semi-credible Clinton challenger. At which point, if history is any guide, Drudge will turn on him.
We're usually at the forefront of the bashing. Not that it isn't well-earned, mind you, it just seems that DU is one of the few safe places for Democrats in Texas, and it's always crappy to see other DUers lumping us in with our majority morons.
she is not a progressive. But it's also true that the Democratic establishment (which includes Howard Dean and Al Franken) is rapidly coalescing behind her -- before she has declared, before she enunciated much at all in the way of policy -- and has always taken the progressive wing of the Democratic Party for granted.
She's already in general election campaign mode IMHO (running to the center-right).
Here's two articles I read recently that support the contentions above (I think they've already both been posted on DU).
The bill has not failed yet. We're two weeks into a six-month legislative session, and the rookie LG -- the most batshit TeaBagger any of you outside Texas can imagine -- just stepped in a steaming pile by saying he didn't think it would pass. He's going to be "corrected" shortly.
Don't get enthused about this bill being ultimately voted down, either. We're in deep shit down here, it's getting worse, and it's coming to your state very soon.