Friday, July 31, 2009

Good GDP news

This seems fairly clear to me:
A turn-around in the second quarter. My own suspicion is that a huge amount of Obama's numbers right now are a function of the economy. I have no idea where it's headed - and there are still rapids ahead. But this has got to encourage the administration a little.
I think the reality that Obama's numbers have declined while the GOP's have not risen not at all is further proof. The country isn't moving back toward the Republicans according to the polls--if anything, they have gotten even more repugnant in the past six months. The rise of birtherism should pose an interesting problem to Republicans, one directly borne of a lack of willingness to impose self-discipline, and it will be interesting to see the outcome.

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.