May 13, 2010
We're still screwed
While I of course hate getting punched in the neck, it's kind of irritating to see that the blanket position on Kagan is rapidly becoming, like every other Democratic-backed issue, candidate, or proposal, a choice between feigning orgasmic delight over her or being screamed at to clap louder.
Is it really indefensible to say that Kagan is a "meh" nominee? Great, she's left-moderate, will likely keep abortion legal, and is hand-picked to support anything Obama personally wants. Like with everything else Obama's done since winning the election, what I feel the most about Kagan is how utterly and totally uninspiring the choice is. Oh look, he nominated the most obvious choice that everyone predicted for a year. And I'm not even kidding about that. That there was even a feint of a "search" for a candidate is nonsensical. A guy on MetaFilter called the entire play in May of 2009.
So yeah, she's a fine choice. But it's not a choice that's changing hearts and minds and it's not a choice that changes any of the previous matters related to Demcrats' success in November. We're still in deep trouble and I still have the right to talk about that. No, I'm not some whiner who's butthurt that a particular bill or piece of legislation passed or didn't pass. Insisting that my disagreement with you just has to be becuase I support the public option or whatever is as lame and lazy a strawman as anyone on the right would throw at me.
When we're done wasting time pretending anything short of video of Kagan saying "whitey" while burning the flag with her Kenyan father will actually stop her from being approved, maybe we can get back to the fact that Democrats are still about to lose a buttload of Senate seats, and amazingly, no one is gaining and points in the polls because of Obama's dynamic, inspiring decision to appoint what's-her-name.
May 12, 2010
Must be Wednesday
I guess it's time once again to wonder about my small portion of friends who are as liberal as me but for some reason do not think Andrew Sullivan is a goddamn lunatic.
May 11, 2010
May 10, 2010
"Stick to the Script"
A lot of bloggers ask why John Ensign seems to be skating away unscathed with his massive scandal, and the answer is pretty simple: because people don't care about stories that defy the narrative. The narrative is that Democrats are in scandals, Democrats are in a massive disarray, and Democrats have horrific approval ratings. It doesn't matter that there's evidence to the contrary. So if a Republican is involved in a massive sex scandal, that screws everything up so it's best to not report it at all. Sometime in the early 2000's, I'd say, a lot of people in the news media realized that creating narratives would be a lot easier than reporting news. And that's why Al Gore invented the internet.