Paglia on Palin Feminism

September 10, 2008 at 10:37 am

Sure, there is a lot in this piece to disagree with. But there is also much to cheer in this refreshing critique of modern feminism:

Pow! Wham! The Republicans unleashed a doozy — one of the most stunning surprises that I have ever witnessed in my adult life. By lunchtime, Obama’s triumph of the night before had been wiped right off the national radar screen. In a bold move I would never have thought him capable of, McCain introduced Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his pick for vice president. I had heard vaguely about Palin but had never heard her speak. I nearly fell out of my chair. It was like watching a boxing match or a quarter of hard-hitting football — or one of the great light-saber duels in “Star Wars.” (Here are the two Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn, going at it with Darth Maul in “The Phantom Menace.”) This woman turned out to be a tough, scrappy fighter with a mischievous sense of humor.

Conservative though she may be, I felt that Palin represented an explosion of a brand new style of muscular American feminism. At her startling debut on that day, she was combining male and female qualities in ways that I have never seen before.

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DeMint: Actions Mean Something

September 10, 2008 at 7:04 am

My former boss, Jim DeMint, provides a smackdown of epic proportions for Barack Obama on the Bridge to Nowhere issue.

From the Wall Street Journal:

In politics, words are cheap. What really counts are actions. Democrats and Republicans have talked about fiscal responsibility for years. In reality, both parties have a shameful record of wasting hundreds of billions of tax dollars on pork-barrel projects.

My Senate colleague Barack Obama is now attacking Gov. Sarah Palin over earmarks. Having worked with both John McCain and Mr. Obama on earmarks, and as a recovering earmarker myself, I can tell you that Mrs. Palin’s leadership and record of reform stands well above that of Mr. Obama.

Let’s compare.

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This is just wrong

September 9, 2008 at 6:30 pm


From the Politico


September 9, 2008 at 4:06 pm


The decision by MSNBC to yank Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews from anchor duty during live political events did not exactly send a thrill up the leg of liberal bloggers.

A number of them denounced the cable channel yesterday for making a change that had long been sought by NBC News veterans, saying MSNBC was caving into pressure from John McCain’s campaign and the right wing.

MSNBC President Phil Griffin denied that complaints from either Republicans or NBC journalists were a factor. He said he reached the decision after “talking to my guys, mainly Olbermann,” after the Republican convention. Olbermann and Matthews will remain as analysts during such major political events as the presidential debates.

Team Obama has to hate this

August 23, 2008 at 2:23 pm

The Associated Press’s Ron Fournier throws a freezing cold bucket of water on the new Democratic ticket:

DENVER (AP) - The candidate of change went with the status quo.

In picking Sen. Joe Biden to be his running mate, Barack Obama sought to shore up his weakness - inexperience in office and on foreign policy - rather than underscore his strength as a new-generation candidate defying political conventions.

He picked a 35-year veteran of the Senate - the ultimate insider - rather than a candidate from outside Washington, such as Govs. Tim Kaine of Virginia or Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas; or from outside his party, such as Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska; or from outside the mostly white male club of vice presidential candidates. Hillary Rodham Clinton didn’t even make his short list.

The picks say something profound about Obama: For all his self-confidence, the 47-year-old Illinois senator worried that he couldn’t beat Republican John McCain without help from a seasoned politician willing to attack. The Biden selection is the next logistical step in an Obama campaign that has become more negative - a strategic decision that may be necessary but threatens to run counter to his image.

Real Clear Sports?

August 7, 2008 at 7:40 am

Ummm, when did this happen? Great idea from the RCP guys.

Gerald Ford, RIP

December 27, 2006 at 9:09 am

Where’s Tim?

December 27, 2006 at 8:15 am

Posting has been sparse as I have been enjoying the Christmas season. Plenty of fun with family, much food, good drink and merriment have filled the last few days. But this Christmas my wife and I bought a puppy so it has been a little different. By different I mean no sleep. I have been chasing Pippin (like the hobbit not Scottie) around for five days now cleaning up messes, waking up to whining in the middle of the night etc. etc.

Here the little creature is below seen playing with my sister-in-law and little niece. He is a Welsh Corgi.

Weekend links…and video

December 23, 2006 at 12:11 pm
  • Obama to run
  • Christmas song contest
  • So much for earmark reform
  • Kudlow for McCain?
  • Before the first Christmas
  • The longest night is over
  • Christmas breakfast beer
  • A last Christmas for some?
  • Conan’s Christmas cards

Weekend links…and video

December 16, 2006 at 10:16 am
  • Bayh rules out White House bid
  • Investigation time…
  • VA orthodox Episcopalian mass exodus
  • 2008 musings
  • Equality tax
  • 12 days of Christmas
  • Keating considers ‘08 bid
  • Global power barometer?
  • Israel did it!
  • Angels and Christmas

Warbloggers awards

December 11, 2006 at 8:23 am

John Hawkins announces this year’s warblogger awards which include many categories. Andrew Sullivan has the proud distinction of being voted “most annoying right-of-center blogger.”