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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Note to the GOP: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

Let's try this again. Maybe I should call it the "Imminent Republican Party Irrelevance Watch."

I don't know. Perhaps flat out hubris is a part of the process in coming to a state of acceptance.

Let's begin with GOP Chair Michael Steele who has gotten himself in hot water twice now. He disrespected Rush Limbaugh and then confessed to being pro-choice (Word to pro life community: When you say you're personally pro life but believe that individuals should choose whether or not an abortion is appropriate for them, we have a name for you: Pro Choice). The problem is not Steele, but rather Steele's penchant for telling the truth by accident. For a party that fashions itself as a bunch of straight talkers, the GOP sure has problems with someone doing just that. The fact that Michael Steele would be in any sort of trouble at all for these comments is precisely the sign you need if you're looking to see where the minority party is headed. They're stuck in an old paradigm. (I've been making this point at this blog for a while now). They should be kissing Michael Steele's feet for offering an honest assessment of what the party needs for any sort of a future.

Let's start with someone who can explain it better than me. David Frum's conservative credentials are beyond question. Here's what he had to say about Rush Limbaugh. It's worth the time to take it all in (be you a Republican or a Democrat).

Then let's move to one of the most pragmatic economists you'll ever find: Kenneth Rogoff. Watch his recent comments on the G20 gathering, but hear them through the following filter: What should a Republican, who would ostensibly be hoping for his or her party's success over the course of the next 20 years, take away from this man? You'll have to do a brief overview of how the GOP has conducted itself since January 20th in order to properly play the role (And I make this recommendation to actual Republicans as well as Democrats since the latter will actually be getting into character while the former have lately been prone to bouts of selective memory, denial, or both).

So, that's a big assignment. Frum then Rogoff. Report back here with your conclusions. ~ JDJ

Friday, March 13, 2009

You Just Have to Watch It

You just really, really do. Here's part one.


Here's part two.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Future For Newspapers Is Here?

It's sobering to me that the Tribune Company is bankrupt and the Sun Times is on the auction block without a willing buyer.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I Like Russ . . . . But He's Wrong on This One

Senator Feingold is behaving like a teacher who gives the whole class a detention because one student was naughty.

Here's his argument.

Here's mine.

Sorry . . . but Dr. Levinson makes it pretty clear that Senator Feingold's heart is in the right place, but the outcome (if his proposal actually ended up in the Constitution) would be potentially crippling to our democracy (ironically).

Don't diminish our national security because of Blago. That would be a genuine tragedy if ever there was one.

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Information Revolution is a Failure

Don't we just throw in the towel and admit that blogs, talk radio, cable news . . . all make us more stupid than we clearly already are?

Jon Stewart offers a nice reminder that you're a dumbass. It's OK, I am too.

The dumbassedness is ubiquitous. Whiskey for my dumbass men, and beer for my dumbass horses. Dumbasses all, we trundle off into the NYSE-heading-under-6,000 night.

This is what we deserve . . . for we are dumbasses.

By the way, if you're of the opinion that you're not a dumbass, I'd like to hear from you . . . because I'm pretty sure you are (a dumbass) which, again, is absolutely and totally fine since I'm one too.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Robert Johnson Brings Us to the Crossroads

No, not that Robert Johnson . . . this Robert Johnson, the one who's asking us to adopt some real post-partisan language (known these days as, I'm sorry Republicans, Obama Administration language) and take the road we need to travel with the American banking system.

Serious question: Is all this shunning of 'nationalization' talk from the Obama people just a 21st century fireside chat designed to delay
what they already know to be the inevitable? Is nationalization (restructuring, in Johnson-speak), ironically, the genuine incarnation of capitalism? Put another way, is all this talk of avoiding nationalization (restructuring) an actual bend toward socialism's back door? Because, you know, if that's the actual case, then the GOP is going to need a drink.

As per the theme of a number of my posts, the GOP has (still) only operated in a way that makes me suspect their generational doom. My nephew turns two on Saturday. I'm beginning to wonder what will come first: His high school graduation or an actual White House contender who's a Republican.