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Officially approved new Herman Cain talking point: “it’s the campaign staffers’ fault“:
“It’s actually sad — watching a candidate as talented and capable as Herman Cain get so beat up because of incompetence and indecision within his campaign,” said Republican consultant Chris LaCivita.
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Awesomesauce:
If Bill Kristol went to the track, he’d bet on the fucking starting gate. Nevertheless, he is what passes for a wise man in a party that has surrendered utterly to its intellectual Id.
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A nice lil’ anecdote on gawd from George McGovern:
I was watching two of my friends peg a baseball back and forth and one ball went high, it went out into the street with the person that it was intended for hard after it, right into the path of an oncoming truck. He was killed instantly. And a few minutes later, the minister from our church came over and he said to the mother, well, Mrs. So-and-so, I know this is a hard day for you, but this was God’s will. She says, no, reverend, I don’t think so. I think Roger just didn’t look where he was going.
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Here’s a gem from a Bush I-appointed federal judge who struck down a Texas law that basically forced healthcare providers to become anti-choice advocates:
It is ironic that many of the same people who zealously defend the state’s righteous duty to become intimately involved in a woman’s decision to get an abortion are also positively scandalized at the government’s gross overreaching in the area of health care.
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“But I do say that this tendency has often placed on American statesmanship the stamp of a certain histrionic futility, causing it to be ineffective in the pursuit of real objectives in the national interest, allowing it to degenerate into a mere striking attitudes before the mirror of domestic political opinion. Until the American press and public learn to detect and repudiate such behavior, the country will not have a mature and effective foreign policy, worthy of a great power.” — George Kennan, Memoirs
The man wrote this in the 1950s, and as of 2011 I’m still waiting for that to happen. Not that it’s completely hopeless–the public at least saw through John McCain, who presented rather an extreme example of what Kennan is describing here. I’m not a fucking Georgian and I never will be! (P.S. I am currently reading Kennan’s memoirs–which I always mentally pronounce in the French way since watching Burn After Reading–and they’re among the best I’ve encountered yet. Worth your time, if you’re interested in such things.)
“Homosexuality is found in over 450 species. Homophobia is found in only one. Which one seems unnatural now?” Taken from here.
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This is pure gold from Matt Yglesias:
The notion that economic growth depends crucially on the subjective feelings of the business executive class is one of the most pernicious ideas to take hold over the past 12 months. One should distinguish this hypothesis from the accurate point that rational expectations matter in the economy. Expectations do matter. But this is often confused with the idea that if the waiters at Davos are rude this year the economy will go into a recession, but if Obama gives a CEO a really sensual back rub growth will return.
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