Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Dear God, man, he's a U.S. Senator

I would never have bet that John McCain is the dumbest Republican in Congress--I don't think he's terribly bright, but this is a group that includes Steve King and Michele Bachmann, lest we forget--but with this Iranian saga he's certainly upping his prospects for the crown. Here is the man who might well have been our president, courtesy of Dave Weigel: "We’re not interfering when we take the side of the opposition."

I don't even know how to respond to this. It might well be the stupidest thing ever said by a human being in history. Stupider than General John Reynolds' "Nonsense, they couldn't hit an elephant at this dist-," which is usually my benchmark. I'm literally almost speechless--we're getting into flat earth territory here. I'm really, really, really hoping that Gabrielle Giffords decides to give this senile old bastard a run for his money. Janet Napolitano would be good as well, though my guess is that she's going to try to beat Jon Kyl in 2012 instead of a year after joining the Obama administration. Hell, I'd even be fine if a some anti-immigration nativist Republican unseated him. Who will rid me of this turbulent priest? Ms. Giffords, if you do decide to run, I'll donate your first $100.

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.