Saturday, November 08, 2008

Saturday Night "Smooth"--and "Smooth 2"!

From a movie that permanently entered Harrogate's Top Ten movies the first time he saw it. Every time the movie is on Harrogate watches it. If he owned it he'd watch it all the time. That's why he doesn't own it.

The movie has among other selling points: top notch acting and special effects, a pulp fiction quality, an ecocritical thrust, a bottomless racial element, a romantic nostalgia for old school Hollywood, and a markedly anti-corporate sensibility. And it's fun as hell!!!

The character we feature here of course was brilliantly executed by Kathleen Turner, and immortalized one of the naughtiest lines in American film history: "I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way." It was Amy Irving, however, who provided the singing voice the Transcendent Scene you are experiencing here.

Harrogate especially dedicates this song to Mr. and Mrs. Oxymoron, in honor of their "Smooth" and "Smooth 2" musical collections.

Saturday Morning Montage

Friday, November 07, 2008

Friday Afternoon Sublime: GOP Now Starring in Remake of Evil Dead II

Correct Harrogate if he is wrong here, Roof. But for Harrogate's money this right here represents Raimi and Campbell at their best.

And, as the Balloon Juice bloggers now show us, this clip also serves as a wonderful analogue for what is currently happening to the GOP.

Eugene Allen

A wonderful but sad story in The Washington Post about Eugene Allen, a White House Butler.

Musical Tribute Part the Second: More Indispensable Bruce!!!

It's been a Springsteen kind of day for Harrogate, as so many turn out to be. "Eyes on the Prize" is one of our most cherished songs, and this version of it reminds us why.

UPDATE: The transition at the 2:58 mark is guaranteed to make your Soul take flight.

Happy Friday Musical Tribute

Always a fun, joyous song, reflecting the gospel tradition at its most persuasive.

Bruce and Company do it justice!!!!!

An Updated No Taxation without Representation

Melissa Etheridge has issued a statement declaring that if California does not grant her the right under the constitution to marry that it extends to its heterosexual citizens she will not pay her taxes. Logistically, I'm not sure how this will work, but I applaud the sentiment. The recent defeat of Prop. 8 reaffirms something I've believed a long time: same-sex marriage cannot be a state issue. It will have to be addressed at the federal level, much the same way Civil Rights had to be addressed at the federal level.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Post Election Post from a Rhetorical Situational Anarchist

I want to write an "open letter" to Obama, but our format (and limited audience) truly preclude that, so I'll just say this to the Situationists.

If you see him, pass this along.

I have been wrestling with the corpse of my objectivity for the past month or so. I clicked over from "Obama is the best option" to "Obama is the right person for the Presidency" around the time of the "Charrr-lee" interview. I didn't mind. During the flurry of idiocy in subsequent weeks, though, I broke. My objectivity shattered, crumbles, and drifted to the floor. I won't lie: when I voted, my thought process was, "GIVE IT TO ME!!! Give me what I want!"

Soul searching and objective self-inquiry was still in play. I voted correctly. I got what I wanted and, as value added, I am certain that I wanted the right thing. But I lost myself there.

I want to be hypercritical again. I am looking forward to being disappointed that he isn't the end all, be all.

So, when you see Barack, you tell him that I say he has three months to be human.

Three months to lie, cheat, bring flowers in last month's newspapers to the Hilton Wenches (as they dawdle in the dress they are used to wear), huff paint, tear cats, take money from disreputable sources for no reason but to soil his reputation, develop "a wide stance", fart musically, squeeze the Charmin, golf in Scotland, spend time at the "poker tournament down at the rec center", put on a show to save the bikini car wash, read Ishmael, go to the Copa--Copacabana (it is, after all, the hottest show in Havana, and just generally fuck up.

Then he has to live up to his words.

Not the words which promise credulous change, but the promise that he is Kal-El.

He has to become Superman, or I call forfeit.

And (for the geeks), not "leaping tall" anything Superman. No leaping; fly! You fucking fly. And backwards so you go back in time. I want you to use your heat vision to turn lead into aluminum. Because, apparently, that's what heat does. I expect you to use freeze breath in space, somehow making it colder than zero degrees Kelvin. You wil sleep with Michelle and then arbitrarily Super-hypnotize her so that she never remembers it, and it won't be creepy. No. Not at all. You will save the Earth from a comet you heard whizz past Pluto by doing a handstand.

You will punch a wall so fucking hard history changes and new universes are formed or I'm done.

Three words: "cellophane 'O' net". You had better have one, boss.

I for one, look forward to being hyper-critical...SUPERCRITICAL!... again. I look forward to being over-dramatically...SUPERDRAMATICALLY!...disappointed in the mechanisms of leadership.

You will need android doubles.

You need to adopt Krypto. Name your dog Krypto and I'll forgive you for not going after the war profiteers , for not putting Joe-mentum in the corner for a time-out, for...

Wait a minute. You're still against gay marriage, aren't you?

There it is. THERE IT IS!

I've found your kryptonite and I can already taste the disappointment.

Three months, Superman. Then either you save the world or we'll have to. The smelly monkey mass of us.

Or my name isn't Lex Luthor.

A long-winded response to "OMFG: A Tribute to Sarah Palin"

My "too long-winded for the comments box" reply to O'Reilly's interview with Carl cameron posted earlier today by solon.

Here's "O'Reilly Logic", at its most dipshitty:

1- "The woman's not a stupid woman," she just needed to be "tutored" in current events, basic government, geography, rhetoric, the English language, American and world history, what skills, experience, or duties she is supposed to have, how to read and remember the titles of things she has had "placed in front of her", the difference between "mine" and "yours", how to take criticism, how to answer the questions she is asked rather than talking about what she wants to, that you can't subtract $150k from $20k, and so forth.

So, she's not a stupid woman; she's a standard pre-kindergartener, really.

I defer to Robert Fulgham:

Share everything.
Play fair.
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.
And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.
Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.

Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if we all - the whole world - had cookies and milk at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.

And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

It shouldn't take her more than 12 years to bring her up-to-date with most high school graduates on these "the basics."

Then, 2- He forgives her not being able to name the title of anything in the media or exhibit differentiation "all" and "some" by saying, "She didn't want ot be bogged down by a lesson before" the interview.

1) She's not a stupid woman
2) She can be tutored easily
3) They knew the questions that would be asked and prepared answers and information
4) Who the fuck has time to learn?
5) {omitted}
6) This is obviously not her fault

I'm going to call it now: O'Reilly has achieved "The Underwear Gnome Paradox", which is itself an offshoot of Johnny Cochran's infamous "Chewbacca Defense":

This is Chewbacca, Chewbacca is a Wookiee from the planet Kashyyyk, but Chewbacca lives on the planet Endor. Now, think about that. That does not make sense! Why would a Wookiee - an eight foot tall Wookiee - want to live on Endor with a bunch of two foot tall Ewoks? That does not make sense! What does that have to do with this case? Nothing. Ladies and gentlemen, it has nothing to do with this case! It does not make sense! None of this makes sense. If Chewbacca lives on Endor, you must acquit! The defense rests. DAMNIT!

Damn it all to hell. I Missed it.

Remember, Remember the 5th of November.

McCain-Palin: Country First

Palin scheduled the prank call?

According to The NY Times. Wow McCain's campaign, the handlers and candidates, were terrible.

Update: Forget the Times. Read the account of the schism in the foreign press, which reports how McCain mocks Palin. According to the Guardian (UK):
An exasperated McCain has been telling friends in recent weeks that Palin is even more trouble than a pitbull. In one joke doing the rounds, the Republican presidential candidate has been asking friends: what is the difference between Sarah Palin and a pitbull? The friendly canine eventually lets go, is the McCain punchline.

What happened to the lipstick?

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Meanwhile, in the World of Batshit-Crazy Ann Coulter

There's a lot of entertainment to be had from this piece of Coulter Hysterics. For example, behold:

Indeed, the only good thing about McCain is that he gave us a genuine conservative, Sarah Palin. He's like one of those insects that lives just long enough to reproduce so that the species can survive. That's why a lot of us are referring to Sarah as "The One" these days.

Like Sarah Connor in "The Terminator," Sarah Palin is destined to give birth to a new movement. That's why the Democrats are trying to kill her.

OMFG: A Tribute to Sarah Palin

Today, the Hammer dropped on Sarah Palin. On Fox News no doubt. This is the first of many "one the record" stories-- stories which reporters cold not discuss until after the election.

And the "real" Conservatives still want her for 2012. Please...

Generally speaking, the segment of American voters who support Palin may want to pay closer attention to the real world.

Here is another interview, discussing the same subject, on The O'Reilly Factor.

While some of this, I'm sure, is not on the level and the McCain camp is attempting to punish Palin to save McCain, some of it makes sense, especially considering the "joint" appearances with McCain and Palin towards the end of the campaign.

Dear Gov. Palin,

Soon my posts discussing your basic inequalities as a public servant will end. You will return to "real" American and hopefully, once there, the Alaskan voters will ensure you will not be their Governor because of your abysmal performance.

But until that time, I just wanted to let you know we are thinking of ya.'
The wild dogs cry out in the night
As they grow restless longing for some solitary company
I know that I must do what's right
As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serangetti
I seek to cure what's deep inside, frightened of this thing that I've become

It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had


Your BFFs at The Rhetorical Situation

"Behind the Scenes" Coverage

From Newsweek: There are not too many surprises in the article, such as Obama's staff did not want Senator Clinton as VP because of Bill; Senator Clinton was closer to McCain than Obama; both Clinton and McCain did(?) not like Obama (their descriptive words are "flashy" and "callow"); McCain feared Clinton as a VO choice; Obama hates debates. When discussing the format of the debate, Obama stated:
"I don't consider this to be a good format for me, which makes me more cautious. I often find myself trapped by the questions and thinking to myself, 'You know, this is a stupid question, but let me … answer it.' So when Brian Williams is asking me about what's a personal thing that you've done [that's green], and I say, you know, 'Well, I planted a bunch of trees.' And he says, 'I'm talking about personal.' What I'm thinking in my head is, 'Well, the truth is, Brian, we can't solve global warming because I f---ing changed light bulbs in my house. It's because of something collective'."
But here is what we did not know (well, mostly):
  • Both campaigns faced massive problems with technology as a foreign entity hacked into the computers systems of Obama and McCain. The FBI is investigating.
  • Palin has zero credibility and cannot be trusted. Her shopping spree cost much more than $150,000 and extended to her entire family. This matters only because of her lengthy denials.
  • McCain and Palin rarely spoke. (This is a save McCain piece BTW.)
  • Barack and Michelle received many threats during September and October, which correlates to the periods when the McCain & Palin rallies stopped being civil.
  • On the Sunday before the last debate, McCain's advisors debated a to whether or not they should tell McCain that the race was effectivly over and he could not win. This is about the time McCain's aids spoke to the press.
The slow political dath of Sarah Palin continues as does the attempts to reclaim McCain's honor.

These color-commentaries are from a longer serieson the campaign, which I suggest everyone reads. It discusses Obama throughout his campaigning and reveals anecdotes such as the sign in Obama's campaign headquarters that asked staff members to bring back shampoo from hotels so they could be donated to charity and this description of David Plouffe: "Staffers joked that Plouffe's range of emotions ran all the way 'from A to B.'"

Further, the first article discusses the Clinton campaign and reveals that Senator Clinton was quite apprehensive about running for President and she surrounded herself with fools. There is a very interesting discussion of her not wanting to leave her home for the campaign trail.

This is part of a longer series:
I. Obama: How He Did It
II. McCain: Back From the Dead
III. Clinton-Obama struggle: The Long Siege

Two Quick Things

1. WE ARE NOT POST-RACIAL JUST BECAUSE WE ELECTED A BLACK PRESIDENT. We took a lovely step in that direction, but come on! The black pundits on MSNBC said things like, "I can now tell my child they can be anything and it's true." And that's the truth. But what about half of Harlem? Can they say the same thing? Admittedly, we might be moving toward a pure class bias, but even that is so tainted by the racial history in our country.

2. And speaking of Oprah, I loved seeing her standing in the crowd last night. Not so much because of what it said about her, but because of what it says about how Obama inspires people.

Just saying...

The elections was last night and there were no terrorist attacks today.

One for one so far.

Tom Toles

Colin Powell's Reaction

to last night's election at CNN.

Gov. Palin Bids us a Fond Farewell, Reaches Out to President-Elect Obama

"If I cost John McCain one vote, I'm sorry," she said.

Wednesday Musical Tribute, and a Shoutout to M, Paperweight, and Wild Man

A night of contradictions

While I am filled with an overwhelming sense of optimism after last night's presidential election, I find that optimism is rather bittersweet. It was, it seems, a night of contradictions. As Paperweight pointed out, the abortion ban was overturned in South Dakota; in Colorado, voters chose not to define life at the moment of fertilization; and in Michigan, voters decided for the medicinal use of marijuana and increased stem cell research. All of these are good things, in my mind. But in California, it is looking increasingly like Prop. 8 will pass. As Solon has already said, this should be a reminder, that despite the progress that was made last night, we still have a long, long way to go towards equality in the United States.

Political Inheritance

As M has so aptly pointed out, this is a new day for us and for the next generation. Obama as president has me feeling hopeful--something I haven't felt regarding politics for a very long time (or at least through two Bush terms). However, I worry about the country that Obama is inheriting. Let's face it, the country is a mess. The economy is tanking. The military is stretched thin. None of these problems have easy fixes. And, as I type, Bush continues to work on some of his pet projects underneath the radar (mining issues, endangered species issues, etc), thus creating new problems for the new president.

Yes, Obama has earned himself an honorable place in the history books, but here's hoping he can now live up to the promise of change.

Obama's Ground Game

It wins him North Carolina. See Ambinder.

A new chapter in their history books

As a teacher, an academic, and a parent, here is one thing I find most exciting about the historic events of last night: Supadisco-T, Wild Man, Oxy-Toddler, Sweet Toddler J, P-duckling, Lion Cub, and the Woof Almighty will all have a new chapter of American history to learn about. One that I, as a scholar of African American literature, honestly wondered if I'd see in my lifetime. I am so excited about what we can tell our children now, Situationers, so excited.

Good lines about the election

Mark Tushnet
:Well, apparently, given the choice between a socialist and a whatever, Americans prefer the socialist.

And by the way, Governor Palin: Being President of the United State is, I don't know, maybe something like being a community organizer for the entire country.

Tom Watson:

"'Hussein' is pretty much like 'Delano' or 'Fitzgerald' or 'Baines' or 'Jefferson' now, wouldn't ya say?"


So what does everyone do today?

Proposition 8 in California

Proposition 8, which takes away the rights of gays to marry, will pass. It is a close vote but results show it will pass 52 - 48.

Even on a historical night, the fight for rights for all American continues slowly.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Must not sleep...must warn others

Now I'm afraid to go to bed unless I miss something.

I don't want to wake up in any world but the one I'm in now.

"High Hopes" By Pink Floyd

Harrogate rode Pink Floyd hard down the homestretch of this election, and a lot of the songs were dark as hell. It is fitting that their most optimistic song of all, "High Hopes," off of the much-underrated Division Bell album, would be Harrogate's closing post of election 2008. He hopes his fellow Board Members take a moment and feel this wonderful song.

This Is What Democracy Looks Like

Final Tally

If President-Elect Obama runs the table, he will win 379.

I will say 376, missing Montana but picking up Missouri, Nevada, Indiana, North Carolina, and one electoral vote from Nebraska.

The John McCain we've been missing recently

I think this is the John McCain we've been missing in the past few weeks--the honorable guy who seemed to be struggling with every attack he made against Barack Obama. His concession speech proves he is a decent guy.

The Post with No Name

I'll look for video tomorrow, but MSNBC just focused a camera in on Jesse Jackson in a crowd of cheering Obama-supporters in Grant Park, slowly beginning to cry. And they just held it.

It may have been the most moving thing I've seen Jackson do.

Ooh. McCain's talking now...

Cynicism tomorrow

It is safe to say . . .

landslide. I have never been prouder to be an American than I am at this moment.

If you are keeping score

Colorado and Virgina go blue. Two more red states. With Florida, North Carolina, and Indiana to go.

Correction: MSNBC reports Colorado, Virgina, AND Florida went for Senator Obama.


I don't know what else to say.


I've been thinking about this for a week, but didn't want to jinx it by posing the question online. But now...

How will an Obama White House use technology differently? I mean, will I be getting texts from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue like I get them from Chicago? Will there be a presidential page on Facebook? A presidential blog?

Any thoughts?

New Hampshire....

Senator Obama after the New Hampshire primary in January.

"For when we have faced down impossible odds, when we've been told we're not ready or that we shouldn't try or that we can't, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can. Yes, we can. Yes, we can.

It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation: Yes, we can.

It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail towards freedom through the darkest of nights: Yes, we can.

It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness: Yes, we can.

It was the call of workers who organized, women who reached for the ballot, a president who chose the moon as our new frontier, and a king who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the promised land: Yes, we can, to justice and equality.

Yes, we can, to opportunity and prosperity. Yes, we can heal this nation. Yes, we can repair this world. Yes, we can."

I Heart Michelle

Michelle Obama will be the most badass first lady!

Goin' Rogue

Anyone else dying to see Sarah Palin's 2012 campaign speech... I mean, concession speech?

Spike Has Arrived

FYI Spike Lee is in Grant Park

A Post Dedicated to Solon and Megs!!!

I tip my hat to you guys.

The Political Realignment

The problem tonight is that some good, moderate GOP members of Congress are loosing.

Look at a map: the GOP is a regional party now. It exists mainly in the South, a little in the mid-west. It has no power in the Northeast or in the West.

Tensions will run high between the GOP and the Dems. The Dems will need to win as many seats as possible to avoid problems.

For the Country, the wrong group inside the GOP has been punished. The extremists inside the GOP will survive.


What is quite fascinating here is that the South Dakota abortion ban was defeated; Colorado rejects defining fertilization as the start of life; Michigan looks to be moving towards stem cell research from left over fertilized eggs and the use of medicinal marijuana.

Breaking News

Oprah has arrived at Grant Park. Just thought you should know.

Thank You, Iowa

Iowa just went blue. Victory in Iowa is sweet--and bubbly!

Lest We Forget the Little People

The Dems are cleaning up in Congress. Let's hear it for the likelihood of a filibuster free future!

Arizona: too close to call

Even superstitious me can feel a bit reassured by that--if McCain can't even carry his home state. . .

One More State, PLEASE!

I'm finally feeling confident about Obama's victory, after weeks of paranoia. But solon says we can't pop the champagne until one more red state turns. Pray for another state, bloggers, pray.

On the serious, this is a really moving night, isn't it? I remember seeing Obama's convention speech in 2004 and feeling so inspired. solon and I were in on the ground floor of this thing and I can't believe it's actually happening.

The future's so bright.

Migraine, Early Returns, and Anxiety

So my students are following this election much closer than any of my American students followed any election, and tonight of all night I went to bed a 7 with a migraine. I just woke up and had to drag myself out of bed to see some of the returns. Needless to say, I'm quite pleased with the results so far, but being a superstitious person, I'm a bit anxious by early returns. I know Solon is poised to explain how such returns are valid and typically accurate (and for the record, Solon, I don't actually need an explanation!), but honestly, I'd rather all the media outlets would just wait to offer predictions--especially considering that the polls are still open in the West Coast.

Come on North Carolina, do Harrogate Proud!!!

It's about style points now. Harrogate wants NC to turn blue. Badly.

Obama, Hyde Park, and Pragmatism

At Slate, a very good read to understand the insight of our next President.


Even though it looks like McCain will win Missouri, my brother tells me that 85% of state turned out to vote. 85% !!!!

My brother voted Obama.

My sister, McCain.

If this keeps up

I might have to move south of the border again!

New Mexico for Obama

A second red state. That's 200.


MSNBC and ABC calls Ohio for Obama. Obama flips a red state.

McCain cannot reach 270.

Obama sits at 195. California, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii will bring 77.

195 + 77 = Presidency.

Update: 195 + 5 (New Mexico) + 77 (California + Washington + Oregon + Hawaii) = Presidency



Texas is Too Close to Call

Texas is too close to call!!

Obama wins Pennsylvannia & New Hampshire

According to MSNBC, Pennsylvania goes to Obama. Fox states it is too close to call?

What is McCain's path if Obama wins Colorado, Iowa, & Nevada....

Inquiring Minds Want to Know... the news organizations can predict winners in states that have 0% reporting.

The First of Many?

In Virginia, a judge scheduled hearings for November 10th to decide whether or not to include some military ballots. You can read about is here and here.

This means that if the election is close and Virginia matters, then we will not know the result until November 10th.

Virginia, the new Florida?

The Democrats have attacked our imaginations

Overheard today by a student (not mine) wearing a "Beat the Hell Out of OBAMA" T-Shirt.

"Well, at least it won't be ManBearPig in charge."

I consider that the first official "knell" here in B/CS.

Soon will come the wailing and the gnashing of teeth.

Then: CHANGE!!!



Polls are closed in the eastern parts of Indiana and Kentucky.

I know you have been checking today.

Will you say anything?

A Sign of the Times

The new argument from Sean Hannity, Mary Matalin, and Peggy Noonan: "I am a conservative, not a Republican."

Why the dissociation now? Any reason in particular?


The political realignment begins tonight.

My prediction for tonight: Obama wins the Kerry states plus: Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Missouri and Ohio (though Missouri and Ohio will be very close).

Obama's victories in Pennsylvania, Florida, and North Carolina will occur because of his campaign's ground game and, in Florida and North Carolina, early voting. His victory in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Virginia will occur because his campaign capitalized on the changing demographics though his campaign will move them from toss-up to solid blue quicker than they should have been. Missouri and Ohio are just toss ups and they will be for years.

McCain wins Georgia, Indiana, North Dakota, Montana, and Arizona.

Chuck Todd and Pat Buchanan just stated that the next swing state, in four years, will be Texas.

Republicans face being a regional party in some southern states and in some western states. They deserve this.

Monday, November 03, 2008

At Swampland, Joe Klein has a brief but moving piece on the passing of Obama's grandmother. The first of three paragraphs:
Word comes that Barack Obama's grandmother has died. The timing is ridiculous. But think, for a moment, if you will of Madelyn Dunham, a white woman from Kansas, strolling the aisle of a supermarket, or having lunch in a coffee shop, with her grandson--way back at the turn of the 1970s, when such sights were uncommon, even in Hawaii. Think about what her friends might have thought, or said, about her...situation. Think about what she poured into the child during the years when her daughter was in Indonesia and she was the closest thing to a mother that Obama had; think about the impact that she and her husband had on creating the man we've come to know, and the satisfaction she must have felt in her dying days.

Klein's title, "To the Mountaintop" seems fitting as it echoes MLK's last speech, "I've Been to the Mountaintop." To come so far...but to know that the dream continues...

Ben Smith notes that Madelyn Dunham voted early for her grandson via absentee ballot. Her vote will count tomorrow.

A Republican Endorsement

On The Daily Beast, Jeffrey Hart, a speech-writer for Nixon and Reagan, endorsed Senator Obama and called him the "real conservative" in the race.

This definition rests on a distinction between philosophical conservatives, (the lost Edmund Burke wing of the party) and social conservatives (the Theocrats that dominate the party). In order to make his point, Hart discusses Roe and stem cell research, arguing that the real conservative position would examine the social consequences to such matters. Though tragic, these issues are important to society.

File Under Anxiety

Well, the next 34 - 36 will be quite fun.

How are you spending them?

Sunday, November 02, 2008

The Rhetoric of Polls

Interesting. In polls that incorporate cell phones, Senator Obama has an average lead of 9.4. In polls that include only landlines, his lead is 5.1.

During the Democratic primary, Chuck Todd stated that Obama's poll numbers, especially in Gallup, increased at the end of the week, especially on the weekends, but would go down during the beginning of the week. A possible reason why: Gallup polls cell phones and people are harder to reach on cell phones during the week rather than on weekends because of the number of free minutes available on weekends.

Will the cell phone vote show up in the polls?

For the Quasi-Malicious Delight of All: Celebrating the Phone Call in which Governor Palin got 'Pranked'

Here is the phone call in which a comic radio duo from Canada recently, and quite famously, "pranked" Sarah Palin. Directly, very publicly, inescapably, sublimely: Governor Palin has been humiliated on a baseline level only days before the election.

It's funny. But as one pundit asked on Friday night, is it "Funny-ha-ha"?, or is it 'frighteningly funny'"? Harrogate reports. You decide.

ha ha

Well, What about the White Supremacist Vote?

(via Yglesias). If you were wondering, Esquire has the answer. The short of it: "three out of four white supremacists prefer Obama, while McCain is the clear favorite among black nationalists." Quite interesting.

Now if we could only get their views on the financial crisis and NATO. And Global Warming.

Quote of the Day

Rick Davis, McCain Campaign, on ABC's This Week when discussing early voting: "We are winning the vote that have not yet been cast."

Paging Baghdad Bob; your services are no longer needed.

Give me a break

Is this really what this election has come to? Are people so determined to get their candidates of choice elected that they will post signs on their lawns saying they won't give out Halloween candy to the children of people who support the other candidate? This may be a personal choice, as the woman points out in the MSNBC article about this, but here's my response to that: grow up!

I Heart Ben Affleck (and Keith Olberman)

"As you know, throughout this campaign, I have repeatedly called for Senator McCain's arrest." Awesome.