Friday, May 21, 2010

One last observation on Rand Paul

I don't have much else to say about the guy, but isn't it a little weird that Daniel Larison--a man who has rightly excoriated Republicans who lost races because they pursued ideological crusades instead of focusing on local issues--is so behind Rand Paul, who seems like the ultimate example of this tendency. I mean, who really wants to relitigate the CRA or the Americans with Disabilities Act? Given how quickly Paul backed off practically every stance that Republicans disliked, this strikes me as wishful thinking. But it's a nice wish, I suppose.

Then again, maybe the guy will surprise us. Frankly, I was amazed that Scott Brown voted for financial regulatory reform. Perhaps he won't be as bad as I feared.

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.