August 25, 2008
Ever since 2000, a lot of so-called progressives have proudly displayed a healthy contempt for less-educated white voters who cast ballots in defiance of their “economic self-interest,” as Thomas Frank argued in “What’s the Matter With Kansas?” (The widespread acceptance of Mr. Frank’s thesis is how John Kerry largely escaped the scorn that is ritually visited upon losing Democratic presidential nominees; the members of his party directed their exasperation at the voters instead.) But surely caricaturing a large subset of voters as ignorant has made those voters even less inclined to pull the lever for the Democrats this time around. All this talk about racism isn’t likely to help.
Two hundred of them, in fact. Obviously the Palestinians are happy about this, right? Nope:
‘We will not rest until all the prisoners are released. The names of all the prisoners are engraved in our hearts,’ Abbas said in a speech at an official ceremony in his Ramallah headquarters compound, welcoming the returning prisoners.
‘We are seekers of peace, but there can be no peace without the release of all prisoners and the implementation of all final status issues,’ Abbas said.
One senior Obama supporter said the Clinton associates negotiating on her behalf act like “Japanese soldiers in the South Pacific still fighting after the war is over.”
August 24, 2008
I was on the beach yesterday in Sandy Hook, New Jersey when one of those ad planes flew by pulling a message behind it. It read “John McCain wants to put oil rigs out here, do you?” I couldn’t grab a photo in time, unfortunately. Doesn’t the lack of attribution for the ad, not to mention that it’s plainly a lie, go against some campaign finance rules? We do still have campaign finance rules, right?
August 23, 2008
Dawn Summers woke me with the information that Obama had picked Joe Biden for his VP. Then she told me McCain has already released an ad with Biden praising McCain and saying Obama isn’t ready to lead. I say the ad is genius, probably McCain’s best yet, Dawn thinks it’s meaningless because obviously Biden doesn’t think that now. What say you?
August 22, 2008
It may seem like paradise – getting away from it all with your loved one to that beach hotel on the Cote d’Azur or an idyllic island in the Greek archipelago for a glorious week or two.
And that’s the rub. Periods of unstructured time – the break from routine – can play havoc with relationships. If you are used to having time apart, being together all day, every day, for several days can send the best relationship into an acrimonious tailspin.
I can’t help but think “rich people problems” when I read stuff like this, although perhaps it’s more likely that vacations exacerbate problems already present in a relationship. But a happy relationship that sucks when on vacation? That’s just sounds like problem-free people needing to complain.
…is that McCain’s VP is Tim Pawlenty or Mitt Romney. My money is on Pawlenty.
August 21, 2008
The awesome Yaron Koren has started a site for wiki databases called Referata. It “offers hosting of semantic wikis, allowing you to add, structure and store data so it can be managed, shared, browsed and analyzed in as many ways as you choose”, if that’s what you’re into.
Three Republican state party chairmen have confirmed that within the last 36 hours they received calls from senior McCain presidential campaign advisers asking for their feedback on a McCain-Sen. Joseph Lieberman Republican ticket.
August 20, 2008
August 19, 2008
During a political exchange this weekend, my liberal counterpart said “I want to punish the current administration for the last 8 years.” I reminded him that Bush/Cheney had not seized power (I don’t bother arguing with the kind of people who think Bush stole the election in both 2000 and 2004 because, well, those people are dumb as rocks and what’s the point?) and had been elected by a majority of Americans (don’t start with the popular vote in 2000, just don’t). The liberal said “I know! American people are stupid.” (he would later clarify that he thinks all people, humans in general, and not just Americans, are stupid) “And that’s exactly the Democrat’s problem,” I said. You can’t think people are stupid and then expect them to vote for you.
But they expect just that, don’t they. Take Frank Rich’s column from a few days ago on why Obama isn’t doing better in the polls (and sidenote, the piece is called “The candidate we still don’t know” and, laughably, Rich is talking about 22-years-in-the-senate-and-on-his-second-presidential-campaign John McCain):
Obama has also been defeated by racism (again). He can’t connect and “close the deal” with ordinary Americans too doltish to comprehend a multicultural biography that includes what Cokie Roberts of ABC News has damned as the “foreign, exotic place” of Hawaii. As The Economist sums up the received wisdom, “lunch-pail Ohio Democrats” find Obama’s ideas of change “airy-fairy” and are all asking, “Who on earth is this guy?”
Yes, the problem, my friends, is that we’re too stupid to vote for a guy from Hawaii and not that we’re smart enough to see that he has a laundry list of “change” and not a single way to pay for it other than “hope”.
About two minutes prior to the start of a race, Phelps sheds the iPod along with his warm-ups. So, what is he listening to?
Podcasts of NPR’s This American Life and Dylan live at The Supper Club. No wait, that’s my iPod. Phelps listens to hip-hop music on his. He says it helps motivate him before a race.
While his pre-race tracklist varies, Phelps has said that “I’m Me” by Lil’ Wayne has been on his playlist in Beijing. The track, off Weezy’s EP “The Leak” features the line:
Yes I am the best/and no I ain’t positive I’m definite/I know the game like I’m reffing it
That’s about the only lyric that’s printable on a family blog.
Other artists that populate Phelps’ iPod include: Jay-Z, Young Jeezy, Eminem and Outkast. (What, no ‘Pac?)
That’s ’cause ‘Pac sucks.
Check out the hug between Hillary Clinton and Bill “Judas” Richardson.
I owe someone a hat-tip for this but can’t remember where I originally saw it.
As everyone knows, I love me some Rudy Giuliani. But as McCain’s VP? I don’t think so. McCain has to pick someone more conservative than he is, not less, and though Rudy would bring a rockstar quality to the ticket (the fact that he barely participated in the primary process insured his star power remained intact), he would not put NY in play (c’mon, now) and he would further piss off the already pretty pissed off social conservatives.
I agree with Allah, I think it’s Tim Pawlenty. He makes a lot of sense. He puts Minnesota in play, he’s conservative enough and he has no obvious marks against him. Plus, the convention is in his home state. That’s a bonus.
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