Archive for November, 2008

Pushback Plugging, Race Chasm Edition
November 21, 2008

What is the race chasm, you ask? Find out here!

Also, North Carolina.
November 20, 2008


Given the urgency of current events, along with a desire to downplay the issue during the campaign, I really think there’s actually been a shortage of people expressing, in better ways, the basic “holy fucking shit we just elected a black guy named Barack Hussein Obama” point.

He won Indiana!!

Holy shit, indeed. Taibbi puts it best in the final stretch of his latest column, but he also makes a critical point:

For this to happen, absolutely everything had to break right. And for that we will someday owe sincere thanks to John McCain, and Sarah Palin, and George W. Bush. They not only screwed it up, they screwed it up just right.


Which Part of the Republican Coalition is the Wrongest?
November 20, 2008

For those who came in during the commercial break: The blogosphere debate du jour is about whether the Republican Party needs to boot Dobson-style Christian fundamentalists out of its coalition or Cheney-style neocon Vulcans. Parker says the Hagee-ites are dragging down the party, Friesendorf says the Kristol-ites, Bouie says, the Hagee-ites tend to support the foreign policy doctrine of the Kristol-ites.

November 20, 2008

Via Kevin Drum, this nifty little site analyzes your blog and tells you what your Myers-Briggs personality type is.

Apparently, I’m this:


I’ve never taken Myers-Briggs, but now I’m tempted to test this thing’s accuracy. Even if it turns out to be completely off base, it’s a fun little toy.

Obligatory Pushback Cross-Promotion
November 20, 2008

Rather than cross-post, I’m just going to shamelessly plug my post there today, which attempts to unite the Waxman-Dingell thing, the Lieberman thing, and the Stevens thing into a broader take on the internal power dynamics of Congress for the next few years.

More on Obama-Era Pop Culture
November 20, 2008

You know, some of the examples Daniel uses here are more persuasive than others–for example, I’d say Daniel Craig’s James Bond is firmly a creature of the Bush era, and wondering about whether or not he’s even relevant anymore is what kicked this whole discussion off–but I think he still might be onto something:

I could go on but the point is I think the pop culture attitude of at least the next four years will not be like the last six or so. During the Bush years shows like Battlestar Galactica and Lost thrived partially because a familiar theme of dark reality and rampant fear of a possible menace. The next four will be about taking what could be and turning it into something great by making it through considerable obstacles.

In other words, the next few summers of blockbuster movies will be all about hope.

Blogging is the New Being in a Band
November 19, 2008

Via Yglesias, it looks like Jezebel’s list of the 10 sexiest everyday men of 2008 is 20% lefty bloggers. A victory for Nate Silver and Ezra Klein, yes, but more importantly, a victory for liberal bloggers everywhere. Yes we can.

Bachmann Still Won’t Admit Calling Her Colleagues Un-American
November 19, 2008


A month after calling for an investigation of fellow members of Congress to “find out if they are pro-America or anti-America,” Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is now claiming that the whole episode was “an urban legend.”

Asked about the comment Tuesday night on Fox’s “Hannity & Colmes,” Bachmann said, “That’s not what I said at all.”

“You’ve said you were concerned during the campaign that Obama had anti-American views. You said the news media should do a penetrating expose and take a look at the views of the people in Congress and find out if they’re pro or anti America,” host Alan Colmes said.

“It’s an urban legend that was created,” she responded. “That isn’t what I said at all.”

Type her name into YouTube. This is the second fucking result.

Thank god that woman got reelected, huh?

On the Memoir
November 19, 2008

J. Robert Lennon brings up something that’s been on my mind a lot recently: How do you write a good memoir? How much of it has to be true?

Some of you may already know that I’m trying to garner interest in a book proposal I’ve written about my personal experiences on the JuanWay tour (which hasn’t happened yet, but I’m hoping that a book advance would finance my passage on the bus). And while writing this proposal, I’ve had to stretch a lot of creative nonfiction muscles that I normally don’t use.

Al Qaeda Needs Better Consultants
November 19, 2008

In the midst of all of the schadenfreude over Al Qaeda being reduced to whining that Obama’s a “house negro,” I found this bit of Spencer Ackerman’s analysis particularly hilarious:

The racial epithet is a botched way of advancing a deep ideological necessity for Al Qaeda: to keep its narrative going, Zawahiri has to define Obama as not authentically American.

They should hire Mark Penn!

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