Women’s Ad-Lib

The Onion has apparently seized control of NOW. Funny that I don’t recall similar hyperbole from ’04 when Kennedy went with Kerry over Carol Mosley Braun…

It’s a beautiful day for a coup

I looked down at the calendar to check the date and, lo and behold, it’s September 11th, the 34th anniversary of the US-backed coup that toppled President Salvador Allende and brought Pinochet to power in Chile. That act of terrorism resulted in thousands of deaths and made political prisoners of thousands more.

Of course, 6 […]

Lazy Candidates Then and Now

Intelligent piece comparing the Clark ’04 and Thompson ’08 candidacies by Publius at ObWi. An excerpt:

The Clark and Thompson campaigns have eerily similar pre-histories. Because the party elites and rank-and-file weren’t very happy with the slate of candidates, Clark and Thompson’s names got floated for months. Party members didn’t know much about them, so […]


What might as well be the Maryland 4th Incumbent’s new slogan, coined by Free State Politics:

Al Wynn: He may not believe in anything, but he’ll stick it to his constituents!

Unsurprising, given that, the Maryland Republicans love him. Because bucking Democratic constituents demonstrates independence and leadership, while bucking Republican constituents (on immigration reform, say) […]

3am Roundup

I went hiking today and neglected the internets. Disengaging actually feels pretty good, which is worrisome. I wouldn’t want to develop bad meatspace habits that interfere with my blogging. My readers (-der?) would cry.

Anyway, assorted thoughts:

Predictably, I join with my similarly draft-age comrades, Matt Zeitlin and Mike Meginnis in opposing the return of […]

Indefinate Detainment…is Bad

Posts like this are how I know that when there’s a Democratic president, this indefinate detainment farce will have to stop. It’s unquestionably a completely morally bankrupt problem policy, and people will point it out, again and again, until it stops. In fact, this needs to be asked of every Democratic candidate:

Will you promise […]

Rhetoric has Consequences

Ezra Klein:

America’s political consensus is almost absurdly to the right. But because people still need to run to the left of each other, the rhetoric on offer frequently sounds like the rhetoric of the left, even as its actual prescriptions are decidedly within the mainstream of our fairly conservative consensus on economics.

Very true. […]

Republican Troop Hatin’

I knew something about the LGF blow-up (won’t link) over the military & progressives panel questioner earlier today (which will inevitably spread far and wide by tomorrow) struck me as weirdly topical, and then I remembered. We’ve just been treated to weeks of the Scott Thomas Who? There is no such Scott Thomas! “Scandal” wherein […]

When Wingnuts Invade

This post of Ezra Klein’s at Tapped, about conflict at a panel on the military and progressives at YearlyKos, really drew the chronically offended right-wingers out of the woodwork, spurred on by our friends at LGF. I wonder if this will have the staying power of “protesters spitted on returning troops and chanted ‘babykillers’” as […]

Union ’08

Unions have been beaten on so much, that, confronted with a field of Democrats that’s not overtly bashing them, they’re overjoyed. They should have higher standards. Union members vote Democratic in huge numbers and wrote the book on political ground-game. Without them we’d have Red America. That gives them right and ability to endorse any […]

Everything’s Coming Up Quixote

Steve Martin, longtime love of my wife (yes, I’m married, be shocked) got married this week, decreasing his home-wrecker potential. The wedding was presided over by DINO former Nebraskan Senator Bob Kerrey, which is pretty random. I’m curious as to whether being a senator gives you the ability to marry people or if Kerrey had […]

Nattering Nabobs

Apparently politics is calvinball, and Democrats lose no matter what they do. Ignore trivial and baseless attacks: you’re weak/feminine/french/gay. Hit back against the attacks: you’re a whiner, and hence still weak/feminine/french/gay. It’s extremely…aggravating.

Yesterday, Jake Tapper of ABC “News” (and an expert victimologist) informed us that, surprise, Democrats are embracing victimhood. Even less surprising, the […]

Bimodal Party

I think Yglesias’s “stolen” graph does a lot to show that there are two discrete quanta of Democrats, at least with regards to budget issues. If the Democratic and Republican parties represented left and right economic views, respectively, one would expect the lines showing degree of Republican-ness (for lack of a better term) with respect […]