Thursday, October 28, 2010

Dems too dismissive of Tea Party
Tom Smith

Says a New Republic editor.  Boy I find TNR annoying but it is enlightening.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Happy Thought
Mike Rappaport

Assume that the Republicans win big next week.  Then, the question is how to beat Obama.  It is hard to beat a sitting President, but it can be done, especially if the economy is going badly. 

Here is the scenario.  After the big defeat in 2010, Obama does not attempt to pivot or does not do a good job of it.  This causes Hillary Clinton to conclude that he is vulnerable.  So she resigns and primaries Obama.  

A primary challenger is a key ingredient to beating a sitting President -- ask Jimmy Carter and George Bush I.  One might say, Hillary will never do it.  It will burn her bridges with the left. Perhaps, but the primary challenger of Jimmy Carter was Ted Kennedy! 

I am not saying it is going to happen; I am just hoping!

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Obama get the Chafee treatment
Tom Smith

Here. (h/t WES).

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Paul Rahe asks if CA is a stoner republic
Tom Smith

And my answer is like, totally, like it totally is.  Indeed, I have a hard time believing that even with its intrade odds down around 25 percent last time I looked, the legalize-weed proposition will fail. I suspect some who tell pollsters they'll vote no or don't know, will get in the booth and think, my mortgage, my credit cards, my F*&%ing job; I could use a little dope.  This is just a theory.  

I'm not even sure that Democrats will carry the pro-weed vote all that disproportionately, which complicates predicting California elections further.  There are plenty of libertarian partakers or would-be partakers of the killer weed in the Sunshine and debt state as well as the typical hippies and hipsters.  Then there are the many who have retired on fat public pensions.  Retire at 50, surf and get baked.  Sounds like a plan.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Norman Mailer, an unappreciation
Tom Smith

Hilarious and probably true. (Read the whole thing.)

His vulgarity was a more significant factor in his allure than whatever he possessed of high aspiration. The way his most serious ambition was joined to his crassest need made him singularly appealing to a literary public that fed on nonsensical political ideas and fantasies of artistic superstardom, with its fabulous perquisites of cultural ubiquity, wealth, and hot sex.

He fancied himself one of the big thinkers, and most of his ideas were not only bad but appalling; for he lived largely for the body’s pleasures, actual and vicarious, and adopted ideas that serviced those pleasures. T.S. Eliot remarked that a great writer creates the taste by which he is appreciated; Mailer helped create the moral confusion amid which he was glorified—not quite what Eliot had in mind.

Until he is forgotten, Mailer should be remembered not only in a fool’s cap and bells but also in a scoundrel’s midnight black. For in an age crawling with intellectual folly, he was one of the reigning dunces, even his best works were shot through with adolescent fatuities, while the worst of his words and deeds were stupid and vicious without bottom. One is torn between wishing that his memory would disappear immediately and wanting his remains to hang at the crossroads as a lasting reminder to others.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Washington Post Covers New Black Panther Party Case
Gail Heriot

The Washington Post is finally writing about the New Black Panther Party and the ideological divide within the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division that it represents.  This is a good sign.  Although I believe the Post article misses a few key points, it appears to be an effort to be fair.

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Many jihadists are idiots
Tom Smith

Here.  Darkly amusing.

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That's Senator to you
Tom Smith

Juan Williams got something important right
Tom Smith

This is good.

I also heard NPR's own coverage of the Williams scandal last night.  It was notably snarky and self-serving.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Yes, Herr Doktorprofessor, federal spending really has gone up
Tom Smith

If anybody deserves their own facts, surely it is an economist of such metaphysical distinction as Herr Doktorprofessor Krugman.  But economics being something like a science, it should, I think anyway, stick with facts, at least if they are very important ones.

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