Francis Fukuyama

October 29, 2008

is voting for Obama.


Everyone: here are your marching orders for the next 7 days

October 28, 2008

Eight ways to get through the next eight days

Eight ways to get through the next eight days

 From a link on TPM.

Austan being his hilarious self

October 28, 2008

Are you a muslim?  A socialist? Hilarious. Oh and by the way – don’t try to out-debate Goolsbee. You’ll never win.


October 27, 2008

Dear Readers,

An editorial in today’s SF Chronicle nails it!   I’ve had the same theory (which involves the mention of body parts) ever since the McCain/Palin affair began, but I didn’t want to embarrass Laura Beth on this blog.

You could replace the Tree of Good & Evil & its deadly fruit with a Sycamore (mentioned in the editorial) and the Veep nomination, & we’d have a Biblical parable.  Oh, & change the Garden of Eden to Scottsdale, Arizona too.  Wow–this is ripe for the picking…..

For further proof, I offer the following dialogue between a female friend who supports McCain & myself:

Friend: “We went to the Palin rally today in Reno!”

Me: “What was your impression of her?”

Friend: “She was so cute.”

Hearsay, I suppose, but I rest my case.

PS–From my legal experience (watching Law & Order PLUS Perry Mason), I think this is an example of hearsay.

jeff a regular working lawyer had a halloween party

October 26, 2008

and lankdangle is always assigned the “extreme pumpkin carving” task. Here is what they came up with this year — it was pretty freaking cool. What will we do to top this?!?!

The Politics of Resentment

October 24, 2008

It doesn’t get much more naked than this — the Republicans are running against the elite. Who are the elite? Let Gov. Palin tell you.

BRIAN WILLIAMS: Who is a member of the elite?

PALIN: Oh, I guess just people who think that they’re better than anyone else. And– John McCain and I are so committed to serving every American. Hard-working, middle-class Americans who are so desiring of this economy getting put back on the right track. And winning these wars. And America’s starting to reach her potential. And that is opportunity and hope provided everyone equally. So anyone who thinks that they are– I guess– better than anyone else, that’s– that’s my definition of elitism.

WILLIAMS: So it’s not education? It’s not income-based? It’s–

PALIN: Anyone who thinks that they’re better than someone else.

Krugman, to his credit, nailed this after the Republican convention. The Republicans’ overarching message to voters is that Democrats are snobs. They think they’re better than regular folks like you. Well, screw them. Show them who’s really in charge around here. The irony is that every time a Democrat tries to get a better deal for working class Americans at the expense of the wealthy, the Republicans scream “class warfare.”

Eugene Robinson and Vicky?

October 24, 2008

Vicky — Have you been hanging around with Washington Post columnists?

In Indiana, I met a college professor whose detailed familiarity with every nook and cranny of the Web site was a little frightening. In the course of our conversation I mentioned another site that aggregates poll data — — and when I saw her make a mental note I immediately regretted the indiscretion. I had inadvertently sentenced her to even more hours of obsessive behavior.