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The following are excerpts from Thursday's chat. Read the whole transcript.


Denver: Are we watching the end of the "Roaring '20s? Belatedly, the Bad-News Bearer (Post, April 3)

Dana Milbank:
There is certainly an end-of-days feel to the hearing today, and the one yesterday. When you hear Bernanke say something, you have to apply a pessimism multiplier to it to compensate for his tendency toward cheerleading. So when he said "possible recession" I went home and put my cash in my mattress. Unfortunately I have one of those sleep number beds, so I discovered that I couldn't put the cash in the mattress without popping the air cushion.

Chicago: Great columns and great book. I'm an on-the-fence McCain supporter -- he easily would have had my vote in 2000, but this year I don't know because I can't tell what he believes in. His embrace of most things Bush in the past several years make him seem like he would say/do anything to be electable to the far right. I want to vote for the principled maverick John McCain. I know you talking heads look postively that he is virtually tied with either Democtratic candidate. I wonder why, given all the nonsense from the Democrats, he isn't way far ahead.

Dana Milbank:

A McCainiac in Obama's hometown!

I actually think it's a miracle for McCain that he's even tied in the horserace polls. Given the external environment -- a recession and an unpopular war -- the Democrats should be far ahead. It's a measure of McCain's appeal, and the Democrats' self-destructiveness, that the race, at this early stage, looks even close.

Minnesota: If you could have your own avatar, what would it be? Goofy Characters and Weird People -- Sounds Like a Hearing (Post, April 2)

Dana Milbank: I actually do have an avatar in Second Life. She is a very fat lady who wears a red bikini. I created her to attend the virtual town-hall meeting held by Mark Warner when we thought he would run for president. The avatar at first did not even have a bikini but my editors thought that created a moral hazard at the town-hall meeting.

Bethesda, Md.:"One hopes the Democrats will learn their lesson this time and finally take control of the primary chaos." But wasn't that the whole point of stripping Michigan and Florida of their delegates in the first place? It was their insistence on jumping to the front that nearly backed New Hampshire into Christmas. Given the problems with enforcing the rules that it does have in place, what could the Democratic National Committee do differently to "take control"?

Dana Milbank: How about a smoke-filled room? Really. I think if you compared the Democrats' success rate in winning the presidency before and after the modern primary system came into being in '68/'72, Democrats would be better off cutting out the voters entirely. Except, as mentioned earlier, voters in Hawaii and Florida.


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-- Dana Milbank

By Dana Milbank  | April 4, 2008; 6:56 AM ET
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