Archive: November, 2010
Last night, I realized I hadn't recently checked out the 411 on The Blaze, the Glenn Beck-backed website that he launched amid the surge of publicity after his 8/28 rally at the Lincoln Memorial. Most the article were Beck boilerplate -- this guy's a Communist, that guy's a socialist -- but there was one story near the bottom of the page that really caught my eye. It was a news item that just as easily have landed on liberal blog with just a tweak in emphasis. The headline on The Blaze read:
Finally, some common sense -- a 2012 candidate who seems to understand that last year's stimulus package was too small and that if America doesn't take basic steps like extending unemployment benefits and rebuilding our infrastructure and funding alternative energy to compete with China and other emerging nations, that we are going to be toast. The man's name is Hugh Jidette -- I've been seeing his commercials on TV a lot -- and I'm not sure what party he's in but he has my support -- unless of course the mighty-mighty Bloomberg-Scarborough ticket (with Mika Brzezinski as national security advisor) announces its candidacy.
UPDATE: Jidette's opponents rally (video below), as blogged by Jidette fiscal policy advisor Paul Krugman:
Man, did F. Scott Fitzgerald get that one wrong, when he wrote "there are no second acts in American lives" (although to F. Scott's credit, he did apparently anticipate future Republican tax policy when he wrote that the rich are "different from you and me."). There ARE second acts in our most exceptional U.S. of A. Just win, baby, and it won't matter if just a few short years ago you were involved in the unspeakable act of torturing dogs.
(Or torturing people, for that matter, but let's not digress.)
Washington's latest boondoggle: Extending the Bush-era Every Receiver Thrown Behind initiative -- another example of waste, fraud and abuse in the nation's capital.
But then, the Redskins are not the only D.C. area sports franchise to take the art of political metaphor to new highs..or lows.
Is there a worse feeling in life than being stuck in a traffic jam for 40 minutes, and learning it was all because of Joe fracking Biden's motorcade. Why do we even have those things? It's not as if Biden is even that important -- he has plenty of time to go to more Philly sporting events than Howard Eskin, and still squeeze in a museum opening or two. I propose that in order to save taxpayer dollars -- and aggravation -- that it be required by law that the vice president gets no more security than Lindsay Lohan, a big SUV and a couple of ex-college-linebackers.
Meanwhile, Biden seriously needs to take the advice of this article to heart.
When Walter Cronkite died last year, he was hailed in many obituaries as an avatar of objectivity, overlooking that his greatest contribution to the country he loved was shedding that cloak when he believed that America was at peril in its involvement in the Vietnam War, doubling down with his courage in going after the powerful in the Watergate scandal. Now, in the wake of a series of journalism ethics kerfluffles, culminating in the Keith Olbermann affair, Olbermann made some of the same points last night in a powerful special commentary on MSNBC, responding to a piece by former ABC newsman Ted Koppel that -- just like the Cronkite obituaries last year -- grossly misinterpreted what happened in a golden age of television.
It may not make Sarah Palin's tweets any easier to read, but maybe she was on to something when she combined the words "refute" and "repudiate" into the now infamous "refudiate."
Meet the future of American journalism:
Among her subjects: Justin Bieber, "Dancing With the Stars," Taylor Swift and Disney Land. She posts as many as 30 articles in a single day, and sometimes as few as three, though she said she doesn't spend more than seven hours a day writing, five days a week.