Oct 3, 2012
commented on The First Debate: Let the "Romney Comeback" Narrative Begin
Mitt won the debate tonight; that's "debate," not election. His strategy was twofold:
- Lie his ass off
- Flip-flop on several positions, including regulations and healthcare
Okay the first might not matter because blah blah low-information voters blah, but on the second point, Mitt is playing with fire. He won tonight's debate by attempting to minimize the policy gap between himself and the President, and by continuing to praise the President's character. This means Romney has conceded the likability race, as well as the policy argument.
While Obama's base is, shall we say, flexible, Romney's base is not above protest voting/staying at home if they feel he's betrayed them. If this is a base election, the guy who loses his base is up a creek.
Sep 26, 2012
commented on Watch the State Supreme Court Hearing That Made Goldy Threaten to Give Up
"Justicialalalalability" aside, supermajority requirements are just stupid. They're perfectly useless: they work in an ideal setting (in which case they're unnecessary) and have a horrid track record in reality.
Tinkering with the structure of the state can be a wonderful thing, but how often is it merely a substitute for substantive change?
Sep 5, 2012
commented on Gays, Ruining One Marriage at a Time
@6 I giggled at that part because the guy was obviously stumbling over his line, but I pretended it was his character just trying to agree with his wife.
WIFE: Marriage is between a man and a woman
HUSBAND: [IN WAVERING VOICE] That's... not the change I voted for either.
WIFE: What are you, gay?
HUSBAND: [HURRIEDLY] What? No! I like vaginas! I mean your vagina. For life. One—your vagina... vaginas.
WIFE shoots HUSBAND suspicious glance, then returns to putting the finishing touches on her "God Hates Fags" rally poster.
VO: Romney Ryan: Pro-America, Pro-vagina.
Fade to black
Aug 30, 2012
commented on Kshama Sawant Explains to Frank Chopp the "Problem" with Democrats
She sounds entirely rational, but passionate. I could be wrong, but it sounds as if she's trying to be a gadfly for progressive taxation--hardly a "nut" in my book. (As a Slogger from outside of WA, I could be missing something.) We need more people pulling the Overton Window to the left, at the very least to give the mushy centrists cover when they get charged as "Socialists."
Aug 9, 2012
commented on What's a Romneycare?
Sweet Jesus, just when you thought you couldn't be any more enthusiastic about the debates. I hope the Romney camp has their seat belts fastened.
Aug 6, 2012
commented on America's Schools Need More Socialism
It really isn't a stretch to understand that competitive salaries loan themselves to the desirability of a given occupation. If you really interrogated Conservatives on this point, most would probably concede. (It's just the FREE MARKET!!1 after all.)
However, it's no secret that most Americans suffer from Dire Straits Syndrome* and react as though someone stuck a cattle prod in their sacrum when higher taxes are suggested. This cognitive dissonance would be surmountable, of course, if the forces of privatization weren't able to conjure cash tsunamis to demolish proper reform at will.
The second reason public schools in the US are falling behind is that we are using fifty-one different approaches. I don't care what you say, if you try something in fifty-one ways and expect uniform results, you're either stupid or insane, and in either case a valued customer at Caesar's Palace.
*Just wait for the DSM-V, it's in there.