Friday, July 16, 2010

A little note to my left-leaning readers

If you were considering giving money to the Democratic Governors' Association, I'd hold off in light of this:

Paid for, of course, by donations by the sorts of people who like three of the people in the ad. This reminds me of what Gray Davis did here in California some years back, when he highlighted the moderate aspects of Dick Riordan's record during the GOP primary in order to face a right-winger at the polls. It worked, but things didn't turn out so well for Gray even in the short run.

The cynicism of this sort of stuff, though...I recognize that politics sometimes requires people to make tactical arguments and compromises and such, but does anyone really think that this sort of stuff will make for anything more than a fleeting tactical victory on the way to losing the war? I'll tell you this, if the DGA ever sends me any fundraising materials I'll just print this out and send it back to them.

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.