Archive for August, 2008

The Show Must (Probably Not) Go On

August 31st, 2008 | No Comments | Source: Wall Street Journal

Landfall for Gustav is around noon tomorrow-a folly of timing for the Republicans, since they planned to kick-off their nominating shindig just then. Should the Party of Privilege run through its convention as planned, or should it cancel festivities until the storm blows over?

Republicans cannot afford to be seen yet again as being out of touch with people, certainly not during a moment of great need. Already Bush and Cheney have opted out of Day 1 festivities. That was an easy call, but decisions get tougher after that. 

The Bush administration failed spectacularly to handle Hurricane Katrina. Bush showed neither empathy nor leadership after Katrina. Many felt he never did comprehend the socioeconomic and cultural consequences of that disaster. 

The Republicans want Gustav to blow over as quickly as possible so people don’t dwell on the Katrina fiasco. That’s a tough one to forget though, guys.



Not Everyone Will Leave NOLA

August 31st, 2008 | No Comments | Source: Wall Street Journal

gustav2pmsunday art 400 20080831143547 300x225 Not Everyone Will Leave NOLAGustav is set to hit somewhere near NOLA around near noon tomorrow. It is impossible to avoid talk of the storm and associated fear that the safety net will fail US citizens as it did tragically with Katrina. 

The only thing that makes sense is to get out of town and people are doing that. Most everybody, that is. Some will choose stay and they will become a story.



McCain’s Astonishing Choice

August 30th, 2008 | No Comments | Source: NY Times, Washington Post

So how does Top Gun McCain select Sarah Palin to be his running mate when he’s been pasting the Big O for his lack of foreign policy experience and Palin has yet to even stare down a seal poacher in the Bering Strait? It isn’t obvious from this video (filmed before the announcement), in which Palin appears disinterested in the job.

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Who is this person?

McCain must believe Palin can galvanize the Republican base, a group that thanks in part to his nomination hasn’t been this glum since William F. Buckley made it through puberty. That’s because the other commonly posited explanation for McCain’s selection has to do with Palin’s gender, and that one makes no sense at all.

McCain can’t actually believe that Palin’ll deliver the Disenfranchised Females For Hillary demographic. Palin opposes Hil on just about every position that matters and Hil, in a moment of prescience, had just two days earlier exhorted supporters to vote for the Big O, a man who sees the world pretty much like she does.

The way things played out in Denver, I don’t see McCain making hay out of a gender play.


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One In A Million

August 30th, 2008 | No Comments | Source: Uncategorized

Blogpulse has identified 78 million blogs out there. It estimates that 100,000 new blogs will be started today. There are thousands of excellent blogs covering health care. So why bother?



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