Thursday, September 25, 2008

I don't think this is true

McCain to vote against the bailout bill? After talking about cancelling the debate? He'd look like a laughingstock. Which he is, and maybe he's just lost his marbles. I don't see how this charade can make him look anything but weak, and Obama's handled it brilliantly so far.

Michael Tomasky says the opposite: McCain votes for the bill. At least one of these guys is going to look stupid in the end. I tend to side with Tomasky. Anyone wonder whether there's going to be conservative outrage over this? No? Actually, I think that McCain's support now being necessary could be an opportunity to split him from his conservative base. Put something in the bill that conservatives really hate, in other words. Then again, considering the lack of conservative outrage over dramatically expanding government's role in the financial markets I'm beginning to wonder if there's anything they won't excuse if it comes from a Republican. For God's sake, they won't even stand up for the limited government principle. I long spell in the wilderness will do them good.

The Man, The Myth, The Bio

East Bay, California, United States
Problem: I have lots of opinions on politics and culture that I need to vent. If I do not do this I will wind up muttering to myself, and that's only like one or two steps away from being a hobo. Solution: I write two blogs. A political blog that has some evident sympathies (pro-Obama, mostly liberal though I dissent on some issues, like guns and trade) and a culture blog that does, well, cultural essays in a more long-form manner. My particular thing is taking overrated things (movies, mostly, but other things too) down a peg and putting underrated things up a peg. I'm sort of the court of last resort, and I tend to focus on more obscure cultural phenomena.