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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Here's how bad the press can be. Writing about the to-and-fro between Kanye West, George W Bush, and Matt Lauer, we read this:

A copy of the "Today" interview viewed by The New York Times appears not to align completely with Mr. West's account.

Have you ever? Why not "well, yes and no" ?

(DISCLOSURE: I work for Abt SRBI. My company does polling. My opinions should not be construed as representing those of my employer.)

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Monday, November 8, 2010

A reality check for Florida's new governor, from Carl Hiassen:

After his hairbreadth victory, Scott sunnily declared: "Florida is open for business."

Is he kidding? Florida has always been open for business. Ask any lobbyist.

Developers, insurance companies, utilities, Big Sugar -- for special interests with gobs of money to spread around, we're the most accommodating state in the union.

The whole thing is worth your time.

(DISCLOSURE: I work for Abt SRBI. My company does polling. My opinions should not be construed as representing those of my employer.)

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The false equivalencies underpinning the Stewart/Colbert rally. Bill Maher, via BruinKid:

Keith Olbermann is right, when he says he's not the equivalent of Glenn Beck. One reports facts, the other one is very close to playing with his poop.

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When Jon announced his rally, he said that the national conversation is dominated by people on the right who believe Obama's a socialist, and people on the left who believe 9/11 was an inside job. But I can't name any Democratic leaders who think 9/11 was an inside job. But Republican leaders who think Obama's a socialist? All of them! McCain, Boehner, Cantor, Palin, all of them! It's now official Republican dogma, like tax cuts pay for themselves, and gay men just haven't met the right woman.

Let's look at the famous tale of King Solomon splitting the baby. He offered that proposal for two reasons: one, he couldn't tell who really was the mother; two, he knew his proposition would reveal the true mother.

Stewart and Colbert did the baby-splitting part just fine, but could they really not tell the difference between the left and the right voices' accuracy? People like Olbermann were correct to object to being compared to Beck.

It's not like Solomon said, you know, I honestly think the kid is yours, but I have to appease you both, so let's split the difference anyway.

(DISCLOSURE: I work for Abt SRBI. My company does polling. My opinions should not be construed as representing those of my employer.)

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Got to see Paul Weller for the first time last night, at the Apollo. It was about time, as I've been listening to him since '77.

He did a bunch of tunes off his new album, naturally, as well others from the Jam, Style Council, and his 20 years of solo recordings.

I enjoyed it a lot: he's very adept at writing in minor keys, and did a great minor key adaptation of Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)."

Erland and the Carnival opened, and they were very good, too.

(DISCLOSURE: I work for Abt SRBI. My company does polling. My opinions should not be construed as representing those of my employer.)

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Some people just don't anticipate properly. Last week the NYT wrote about a very exclusive underground street art project in an empty subway station. The article went into significant detail about the care the artists had to take in order to create works which would ostensibly never be seen, and how the reporter had to pass a test, go down ladders in the middle of the night, etc.

Well, guess what? Some people have been so curious that they've had to see it for themselves, and are getting arrested. I mean, geez: they didn't think the MTA could figure out where the station was? And that the cops wouldn't be told, and start waiting to shoot fish in a barrel?

(DISCLOSURE: I work for Abt SRBI. My company does polling. My opinions should not be construed as representing those of my employer.)

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GOP to threaten our national security. The GOP has a myopic view that our national security depends on tanks and terrorism. They don't see all the various other underpinnings, like global warming, the economy, and investing in our future to ensure we continue to be a great nation.

And with that myopic view in place, they want to use the power of the purse to debilitate the health care reform bill.

In the interest of pandering to their base and making Obama a one termer, they refuse to acknowledge how the rising costs of healthcare threaten spending on infrastructure and education (it is, after all, a single pie) -- or how the health care reform bill actually lowers the deficit projections.

And they don't have a concrete alternative (they never did, except to talk about tort reform, which is about as small a portion of rising health care costs as earmarks are in the budget). But they continue to crow and complain.

The HCR act has genuine benefits to society, and because it frees up money to go to areas where it's better invested, small businesses will actually be in a better position, being able to hire better-educated employees who are better able to get to work on time, and arrive in a clear state of mind (as opposed to arriving after battling traffic).

But no, the GOP has decided on its sales pitch.

(DISCLOSURE: I work for Abt SRBI. My company does polling. My opinions should not be construed as representing those of my employer.)

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Uh, I have bad news for you about Glenn Beck, Mr. Murdoch. Rupert Murdoch defended Glenn Beck on the basis of his popularity, saying "millions watch him." And they do, but while Beck leads his time slot, his viewers have fallen by 28% since last year.

Perhaps Murdoch's greatest enemy is intelligence.

I hate to say this, but I think Rupert Murdoch has a deep-seated hatred for genuine news organizations. I'm not saying he's a hater, but that's just how it looks to me. You draw your own conclusions.

(DISCLOSURE: I work for Abt SRBI. My company does polling. My opinions should not be construed as representing those of my employer.)

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GOP CT Gov loser won't accept the results. In a close race, the Democratic Party's candidate for Governor in Connecticut has been declared the winner, but the GOP candidate isn't accepting the results. The margin is slim: the difference of 5,367 votes amounts to about than one-half of one percent. But Connecticut's threshold for automatic recounts is razor thin: 2,000 votes (about 0.2% in this case).

Although I do think the law's threshold is too tight, it's the law they all ran under. Asking it to be different after the fact is wrong. And besides, the difference was much higher than that threshold.

How many Floridas does the GOP want? Connecticut clearly decided they didn't want to be a Florida.

(DISCLOSURE: I work for Abt SRBI. My company does polling. My opinions should not be construed as representing those of my employer.)

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Whoah: Keith Olbermann supports Democratic Party candidates? Apparently so.

I'm at sixes and sevens over this: I don't think his having given to Democrats would change anyone's opinion about how Olbermann leans, and now that MSNBC has this new "lean forward" motto its even more ridiculous. But at the same time this new motto even applies to the people who interject the headlines on a show like Hardball. If you don't brand Olbermann as an opinion-caster as opposed to a newscaster you have a problem.

But I also don't get Olbermann making the donations. This would be like me smoking at my desk: I know the rules.

(If I smoked.)

(DISCLOSURE: I work for Abt SRBI. My company does polling. My opinions should not be construed as representing those of my employer.)

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

That's large. (Gorman Thomas.) So I'm reading the bio of Henry Aaron which came out earlier this year, and at this point HA has signed with the Brewers, and spring prospects are being discussed. Gorman Thomas comes up, reminding me that I used to make this joke about Manhattan's Norman Thomas High School, jokingly referring to it as Gorman Thomas High School. They guy had some stats, maybe he should have a high school named after him?

(Example? Led the AL in HR's in the six year span of 1978-1983, with 197.)

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The Goose is cooked. With the GOP saying no compromise, it's time for Democrats (who still hold the Senate majority, and the White House) to cross their arms and adopt steely eyes. To do otherwise would be a complete abandonment of principles. 2012 worries? I doubt it, not after the GOP's principles are out in the sun, and their leaders melt like vampires.

(In the spirit of the comity of the Senate, please note that I did not say the GOP Senators are vampires, only that, like vampires, they would retreat from sunlight. There's a difference.)

(DISCLOSURE: I work for Abt SRBI. My company does polling. My opinions should not be construed as representing those of my employer.)

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I taught Leo Kottke everything he knows.

...about Samuel Johnson. Well, actually, considering we've never met, even that's probably a stretch. Come to think about it, he's done just fine without my tutelage on anything.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Charlie deserves blame too, not just Lucy. So the Democrats ("we Democrats," as that's my registration) took a serious drubbing yesterday. And while the results were pretty much to be expected in an environment where too few people understand the importance of their votes, what I didn't expect was President Obama's cowering comments on compromise today.

The GOP was in a weaker bargaining position over the last two years than they will be in the next two. If they didn't want to compromise then, why would they want to compromise now? (Boehner and McConnell aren't talking about peace pipes, they're talking about unseating Obama.)

Obama is a smart man, but for all the talk about savvy, he just doesn't get it. And this was my major reservation about him before the nomination was his.

(Meanwhile, an aside not derserving its own post... Remember NY-23? That was the district which held the special election last year, where Palin and Gingrich supported an upstart Conservative party candidate over the Republican candidate... A seat that had been Republican since the invention of fire... and went Democratic. The incumbent Democratic held the seat yesterday -- so add that to the tally of places where the Palin effect did worse than advertised. It failed in the Special Election, and repeated the fail yesterday.)

(DISCLOSURE: I work for Abt SRBI. My company does polling. My opinions should not be construed as representing those of my employer.)

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

You have a House, if there's anything you can do with it. I wasn't there, but when Benjamin Franklin was asked about the future US structure, he supposedly said, "You have a Republic... if you can keep it." Too few Americans can distinguish between a democracy and a republic, and I suspect that similarly few triumphant Republicans understand the challenges and limitations of their taking over the House of Representatives tonight.

First, congratulations to them. The House is the more representative body of the two chambers, in that seats are related to population (as opposed to the Senate where every state gets two). And since every House seat is contested every two years, the House seats are a more "immediate" pulse of the nation. So, congrats to the GOP for riding a complex, disparate wave of discontent to a House majority.

Now, what are you going to do with it?

The Big Tent concept has problems for Democrats and Republicans alike. Democrats' recent problems have been in the concept of "Blue Dogs," perhaps a gentler expression than "RINO" (Republicans in Name Only). But aside from the gentle expression, Democrats have struggled with the Ben Nelsons and Bart Stupaks on the way to compromise. Republicans have faced similar struggles with their own big tent, what with trying to maintain the allegiance of the religious right: the GOP has made noises about their issues but never, really come through.

As a GOP House confronts its limited opportunities - - and they are limited, both by the more "deliberative" upper chamber as well as more moderate members - - it has to figure out a way to demonstrate its effectiveness. Oddly, Don Quixote is in my mind's eye. The GOP House has to appeal to its new base and yet somehow sound more effective than the class clown finding the proper timing for the raspberry during HS assembly.

Good luck to us all. (I don't think the GOP will be the server.)

(DISCLOSURE: I work for Abt SRBI. My company does polling. My opinions should not be construed as representing those of my employer.)

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Polls are still open in a jillion places. And there's nothing on TV except conversations about what the world would be like if more people had voted. 'Cos the GOP doesn't plan on picnics for you.

You can find where to vote here.

Then, when you're back from the booth, read Yves Smith's take on responsibility. (And then buy her book, because she's very smart, and explains stuff real good.)

(DISCLOSURE: I work for Abt SRBI. My company does polling. My opinions should not be construed as representing those of my employer.)

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