I just realized that reading someone’s tumblr feed is remarkably like readign a David Markson novel. That’s by no means a complaint (take, for example, Magic Molly - I mean, who doesn’t love her tumblr?), but it reminds me a bit of reading something like Wittgenstein’s Mistress again. In a good way.
“Listening to McCain debate was like a stroll down foreign policy memory lane: Brezhnev, Andropov, Chernenko. George Shultz, “our great secretary of state.” Perestroika. SDI. Those were the days, my friend. We thought the Cold War would never end.”—Ruth Marcus - McCain vs. Palin - washingtonpost.com (via robot-heart)
In which Lollipop Gomez gives you her take on the current financial crisis in America and reminds you that in the sequel to Wall Street, Gordon Gecko now lives in Thailand, deals only in euros, and spends his days teaching his catamites that greed is good.
Well… no, she doesn’t say that. But what she does say is equally worth a look. Go there. Go there now!
Boehner was blunt. The plan Paulson laid out would not win the support of the vast majority of House Republicans. It had been improved on the edges, with an oversight board and caps on the compensation of participating executives. But it had to be changed at the core. He did not mention the insurance alternative, but Democrats did. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, pressed Boehner hard, asking him if he really intended to scrap the deal and start again.
No, Boehner replied, he just wanted his members to have a voice. Obama then jumped in to turn the question on his rival: “What do you think of the [insurance] plan, John?” he asked repeatedly. McCain did not answer.
One Republican in the room said it was clear that the Democrats came into the meeting with a “game plan” aimed at forcing McCain to choose between the administration and House Republicans. “They had taken McCain’s request for a meeting and trumped it,” said this source.
Congressional aides from both parties were standing in the lobby of the West Wing, unaware of the discord inside the Cabinet room, when McCain emerged alone, shook the hands of the Marines at the door and left. The aides were baffled. The plan had been for a bipartisan appearance before the media, featuring McCain, Obama and at least a firm statement in favor of intervention. Now, one of the leading men was gone.
Well, this would explain why McCain seemed so angry at Obama on Friday night.
“McCain said he was going to interrupt his campaign to save the negotiations. What he did was interrupt the negotiations to save his campaign.”—John Kerry (via livejamie) (via jhalickman) (via robot-heart)
“In other words, the Democrats and Republicans made a deal before the vote to deliver a certain number of votes each. The Democrats made good on their part of the bargain; the Republicans didn’t. Obama’s not the issue.”—
I’m even more interested in the list of domains owned by the RNC: 2007 calculatingclinton.com canttrustclinton.com clintonbabbit.com clintoncleland.com clintoncohen.com clintonisbad.com clintoniscorrupt.com clintoniswrong.com clintonkerrey.com clintonlibrarycard.com clintonlibraryresolution.com clintonomalley.com clintonsalazar.com clintonschweitzer.com clintontruthwatch.com hillaryiswrong.com hillarymythfact.com hillaryrecords.com hillaryspendometer.com hillarytaxplan.com hillarytruthsquad.com hopelesshillary.com outwithhillary.com thetwohillarys.com
One of the oddest things about researching Palin’s legislative record is her weird hostility to rape and sexual assault victims. Alaska has twice the national average of rapes and sexual assaults, so you would think that most public officials in Alaska would be aggressively working towards curbing that kind of violence, or at the very least, would make an attempt to seem sympathetic to victims of sexual assault. Palin does neither. To wit:
And what was that project she vetoed? Oh, it was for a specialized sexual assault unit. “In one e-mail, he said, a top Palin aide wrote that the governor didn’t want the state to pick up the full tab for a sex crimes team of troopers, lawyers and judges — that some federal money would be needed…..she said Monegan’s department needed to focus on its priorities and core services “before we strike out on some new program.”
I’ve heard what you said. Now can you say it to each other?
Can you turn and look at him?
Can you respond directly to him?
How do you feel about what he just said?
The strange new debate techniques introduced by Jim Lehrer at the first of the Presidential debates Friday wasn’t getting much traction from the two candidates.
After months of stump speeches and the traditions of past debates — where candidates talk blankly in stentorian terms to an audience but are less used to exchanging with their opponents — John McCain and Barack Obama were slow to warm to the style of the debate.
(Like many a participant in marriage counseling, McCain also threatened not to show up, before showing up after all).