commented on Screw Open Threads
I'm from Boston, and a general Pat's booster. The AFC consists of Denver (and maybe Cincinnati), and everyone else. NE, KC and IND are all weak teams with good records and lucky endings. By most sabermetric measures, the NFC is a much stronger conference, with at least 5 teams (SEA, CAR, NO, SF, PHI) comparable to (or better than) Denver.
I wouldn't bet against the NFC team this year (unless the odds were really good)
commented on Will Elizabeth Warren Challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Nomination?
@3: "Warren is to far left for national politics, she only got 53% of the vote in uber-liberal Massachusetts."
I've lived in "Uber-liberal Massachusetts" for the past 30 years. We're not particularly liberal, and we've elected Republican governors in 1990 (Weld), 1994 (Weld -- by a 41 point margin!), 1998 (Celluci) and 2002 (Romney). We also elected Scott Brown in the Senate, and he could have continued his tenure, had he not started falling in line with the national Republican Party agenda and ignored the needs of his constituencies.
The Republican Party in Massachusetts is a mess. That doesn't make Massachusetts liberal, it only makes Massachusetts Democratic. Democratic is not the same as liberal, and we in Massachusetts (like the rest of New England) would be happy to vote Republican, if the Republicans weren't the party of Christian-Libertarianism, beholden to this bizarre ideology. We have in the past and we will in the future.
FWIW, Warren has been an excellent senator, and I say this as a former Brown supporter. But she won't be the Democratic Party nominee for President. Wall Street will cut off funds long before she can get any primary traction.
commented on Clinton or Warren in 2016?
It's not that tough a choice.
I'm from Massachusetts, and think Elizabeth Warren was a terrific candidate (and expect her to be an excellent senator). Ideologically, I line up with Warren very well, and will enthusiastically support her candidacy. She may make a terrific President. In 2020 (or 2024).
I don't line up all that well with Hillary Clinton ideologically. However, she has been an excellent New York Senator, and has done a very good job in representing US foreign policy interests in the world as Sec of State. (keep in mind that those foreign policy interests don't always line up with my ideological interests, but this country is far too right wing for my interests to be properly represented)
So between the political, domestic policy and foreign policy experience, I will support Hillary Clinton in 2016 (assuming she runs), regardless of who runs against her in the primary. I think she will represent the center of the country very well, and perhaps continue pushing it ever so slightly to the left.
Dec 27, 2012
commented on Rep. Ed Markey to Run for John Kerry's US Senate Seat
Massachusetts has several good people who are likely to take a run against Brown. Markey will make a good choice, as will Mike Capuano and Vicki Kennedy. Brown may be tough to beat, but we should be able to beat him (especially as people like Elizabeth Warren remain popular)
Oct 23, 2012
commented on Final Obama/Romney Debate Caption Contest
#31 (Ohhhhh golly ... my binder is so full of woman)
#47 (Leading from behind)
And the Steely Dan reference is cute. Of course the round peg square hole comment is priceless:
Oct 2, 2012
commented on SL Letter of the Day: What. An. Asshole.
To the LW -- You done good. Hopefully you'll be able to recognize people like him early, though sometimes it's hard to distinguish studs from jackasses.
To the next potential victim of this d-bag. I'd suggest applying a little superglue to the base of his penis as foreplay before rolling the condom on.