Who can liberals be excited about in 2012?
Pawlenty dug himself a hole this week. If he didn’t mention “Obamneycare” at all, it wouldn’t be an issue, but he did, and then he wussed out at the debate. It piles on the image of him being Minnesota Nice Guy, and Republicans don’t want a wuss.
I dunno man, it’s too early to tell. Are they really anointing Romney as the guy to beat? Who are these people excited about Romney?
Slow week! At least we get an interview with David Carr, the one famous person who follows me on Twitter. I still have no idea why. #humblebrag
Dan Harmon discusses the second season of Community with AV Club -I haven’t watched any of the second season, but for those who have, here’s a four part discussion on the show.
Still don’t think she’ll win the nomination. Maybe a good VP candidate? Who knows!
(except Charlie Rangel, which, ummm…)
Rick Perry is thinking about entering the race. SERIOUS BUSINESS.
I don’t think people realize how intense Republicans are about voting for SERIOUS BUSINESS leaders. Look at the last several Republican Presidents, and you’ll see a bunch of Governors, a CIA Director, former VPs, Army leadership, etc. They LOVE voting for former Governors, and that’s part of the reason I’ve been on the Pawlenty train: at that point, all the other possible candidates were a mess. A CEO of a pizza company and radio host. A governor who quit after two years to make way more money as the conservative Oprah. A glorified corporate lobbyist with severe marriage issues. A 90 year old libertarian grandpa with racial issues.
They’re not voting for a pizza CEO. I’m sorry, but no.
Mitt Romney and Pawlenty are saints in comparison. As I’ve mentioned several times before, the one problem that Romney has is a past that veers into “compassionate conservative” territory, a candidate that would have delighted Republicans ten years ago but now they call those guys “RINOs”. Of course, on the plus side, Romney can mold himself into whatever candidate that the voters want him to be at any time. He doesn’t have any shame on this end.
Rick Perry is definitely a game changer though. He’s a better version of Mitt Romney. He’s Southern. He has job building credentials in a weak economy. The only problem is that he can’t hide his social conservatism, unlike say Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who said “hey, let’s call a truce on social issues” and then tried to ram through legislation that would have defunded Planned Parenthood. Perry is an immediate Top 3 candidate if he jumps in though.
BTW, I got some flak for talking up Pawlenty early on when Sarah Palin and Donald Trump were dominating headlines, but Pawlenty is now ranked second at Intrade, Hot Air is starting to jump on board, and Larry Sabato has him in the top tier of possible 2012, joined only by Romney. So toot toot, fuckers.
- E-mails between Dick Cheney’s energy task force and the energy industry.
- E-mails between the Bush Treasury department and the heads of the banks that received bailouts.
- E-mails between Geithner and other White House economic officials on when and how to tackle unemployment.
- E-mails from the Obama administration about whether HAMP was working or not, when it obviously wasn’t. - Whatever e-mails we’ve captured from Osama bin Laden’s computer so far.” —Weigel : A Short List of E-Mail Troves I Want to Read More Than Palin’s
David Simon responds to Attorney General Eric Holder’s request for a new season of The Wire.
This is exactly the kind of reaction I was hoping for.
Alan Greenspan, a high-profile proponent of President George W. Bush’s tax cuts, now says the U.S.’s debt troubles have become so worrisome that he would support going back to Clinton-era tax rates.
“The fact that I’m in favor of going back to the Clinton tax structure is merely an indicator of how scared I am of this debt problem that has emerged and its order of magnitude,” said the former chairman of the Federal Reserve in an interview Friday on CNBC.” —DEMOCRATS, PLEASE USE THE WORDS “CLINTON-ERA TAXES” IN ALL FUTURE DISCUSSIONS.
- He seems nice enough but in terms of widespread social-moral norms what he did was an asshole move, and it seems weird to defend a married 46-year-old dude flirting online with women half his age. If he was my friend it’s not like I’d turn him in to the police or tell his spouse or anything but I would definitely call him an asshole, and that’s what’s going on now, the whole country is calling Anthony Weiner an asshole. There’s a difference between it being normal and it being OK.
- In terms of it being paid attention to, who cares if we should, we’re going to! There is nothing more hilarious than a politician named Weiner tweeting pictures of his penis. It’s like a guy named Mr. Toots loudly passing wind in a public place.
- This certainly doesn’t need to disqualify him from being an elected official but at the very least it reveals some pretty serious personal flaws in judgment that are legitimate reasons to question his fitness for any higher office for the next 5-10 years or so. Not a career-ender, but like, a career-staller to be sure. Them’s the rules! This was dumb and he should have known it was dumb, and he definitely knew what would happen if this ever got out: it would derail anything going on with him politically. I don’t want to count on a dude who thinks of his dick before he thinks of policy, or at least can’t make a convincing public show of thinking of policy before thinking of his dick. If you can’t do that, don’t run for public office, dude. We have shit to get done. If you want to flirt with young girls, that’s dandy, but please do it in a way that won’t fuck up Medicaid funding.
It’s been humiliating. He’s had ten days to fess up, he could have done it on Friday so it would taper off into the weekend, but he handled it terribly. TEN DAYS! All he had to say was “Yes, it was me, it was a mistake, and I regret what happened. Please leave me alone.” But he keeps on digging a fucking hole by talking too much and I’m not convinced that this is over.
Not only that, but this scandal has revealed a few things about Weiner (because again, this thing has been stewing for TEN DAYS so everyone’s talking):
1. His fellow Dems don’t care about his grandstanding.
2. He miiiiiight have an addiction to the theatrics of cable news, something that hurt him even more because he made so many enemies who were all too willing to take him down a notch
3. He might not even be a good Congressman. He’s okay, I guess… he probably votes along party lines the whole way… but his public reputation exceeds his actual output on the day-to-day work. This goes hand in hand with #1, as fellow Dems who commit to the drudgery don’t like that he gets all the face time.
If he survives this, fine, it’s just like ugggggggggggggghhhhhh. I hereby rescind my avatar support!
On a separate note, Weiner served this one on a platter for Breitbart. I suspect he would have held off until later, but once Weiner accidentally posted to Twitter (ARE YOU REALLY POSTING THESE PICS TO TWITTER???), Breitbart saw an opening and said he had more. I think people were secretly more worried about all of this when it first broke, but we could all wipe it clear because it was Breitbart.
I don’t blame conservative bloggers for hammering on this though. They knew Weiner was a lying fuck and they nailed him down. You just can’t do this shit unless you can own up to it right away.
And if that’s the case, that means we’re at…. square one. So this whole mini controversy is working out great for Weiner! Nine days and still NOBODY HAS ANY IDEA WHAT’S GOING ON JESUS CHRIST.
Melissa Harris-Perry was on Bill Maher’s show last night. I do not like Bill Maher. He has Andrew Breitbart on his show on a regular basis. He’s the type of guy who I imagine calls many of his female guests “sweetie”. He said Obama needed to “go gangsta” when things were getting tough and if that was said in a different context by a conservative we would be crucifying them for being racist.
Bill Maher is a tool, but I wouldn’t be upset if someone linked me to the segment where Melissa Harris-Perry outdebated Rick Lazio.
Jealous! I’m sorta late to the bandwagon but she’s fantastic. I think she has a book coming out soon.
NY Magazine, last year
Baquet is #2 at the Times now.
I read a couple of conservative sites every so often, and yes, it can be insufferable. But I have to know what’s going on over there so I can see 1. How they’re arguing against Obama policies and 2. What they’re doing right in terms of mobilizing voters*. I’m not as concerned about the Glenn Becks of the world, I need to know what Paul Ryan is saying and how it’s being spun.
*I have so many things to say about this!
Today in announcements we’re not sure how we feel about.
Trading someone who trolled old-school Luddite hard on social media for someone who decided (while she was either bureau chief in D.C. or managing editor) that the NYT wasn’t paying enough attention to conservative media in response to the falsified James O’Keefe “pimp” videos that pretty much destroyed ACORN without merit — that doesn’t seem like much of a change in any sort of “good” direction.
For your digestion.
I think there’s a misunderstanding on what Abramson said. The NY Times screwed up on O’Keefe because they had no idea what was going on. They didn’t pay ANY attention to it and weren’t keeping in tune with prominent conservative bloggers. So when someone got a hold of one of the Times editors (IIRC) and asked if they knew anything about O’Keefe, they were like “what?” THAT was the problem. Obviously, we all have had to learn how to deal with O’Keefe better.
It’s not that they have to report on what he’s doing, but they have to know what’s going on so they can answer to it appropriately when the time comes and not get blindsided. And hey, if they can investigate O’Keefe and dig up some dirt, all the better.
This is going absolutely batshit. It rests on an apparent loophole in Yfrog where you can submit an image to someone else’s account and, since Yfrog is sometimes directly connected to Twitter, it would post right away. Some people are testing this and saying it works as long as you know the user’s e-mail address. It’s a huge security flaw.
If that’s all true, here’s the theory: an ex of Weiner submitted the pic, and it’s entirely possible that the guy (Dan Wolfe) who first caught it on Twitter isn’t a guy at all, but the ex. ”Wolfe” has apparently been warning female followers of Weiner to back off.
Honestly, it could also just be a buddy of Weiner’s pranking him. He was watching hockey on Friday night, after all, but who knows.
Like I said, fucking insane. But with Weiner being vague yet dumb with all of his answers, that’s how this comes out.
EDIT: Apparently you need to know the user’s *yfrog* email, which is different? I don’t use yfrog so I dunno. But it’s still doable.
I’M SO MAD ABOUT THIS I’M LISTENING TO CREED
Y U SO DUMB BRO
“Asked if the picture was him, he said ‘I can’t say with certitude.’”
That press conference didn’t help his cause. The freak show isn’t going away, unfortunately.
Matt asked me to put all articles in Instapaper-friendly format, and I’m trying! A few sites act junky when I do it though, most notably NY Magazine. They use an applet of some sort for print format and I can’t get past it, so you’ll just have to make do.
I wouldn’t be surprised if other sites follow suit.
WHAT DID I TELL YALL ABOUT 2016
Twelve-year-old Deamonte Driver died of a toothache Sunday.
A routine, $80 tooth extraction might have saved him.
If his mother had been insured.
If his family had not lost its Medicaid.
If Medicaid dentists weren’t so hard to find.
If his mother hadn’t been focused on getting a dentist for his brother, who had six rotted teeth.
By the time Deamonte’s own aching tooth got any attention, the bacteria from the abscess had spread to his brain, doctors said. After two operations and more than six weeks of hospital care, the Prince George’s County boy died.” —12 year old dies from brain injury that started with a bacterial toothache