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This kind of thing just pisses me off, so I'm using Holidailies today to vent my anger. The Senate voted today to kill (that is, against ratifying) the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. I mean, are the Republicans just trying to see how big of a grinch they can be, collectively?

(Added: apparently everybody's favorite failed presidential candidate/dirty word Rick Santorum had something to do with this whole thing.)

This list came from the official Senate website, but I edited it down to the naysayers, so any mistakes are likely to be mine.

38 senators (all Republicans) voted no - enough to vote it down, since this is a treaty and takes a 2/3 majority:
Alexander (R-TN), Nay 
Blunt (R-MO), Nay 
Boozman (R-AR), Nay 
Burr (R-NC), Nay 
Chambliss (R-GA), Nay 
Coats (R-IN), Nay 
Coburn (R-OK), Nay 
Cochran (R-MS), Nay 
Corker (R-TN), Nay 
Cornyn (R-TX), Nay 
Crapo (R-ID), Nay 
DeMint (R-SC), Nay 
Enzi (R-WY), Nay 
Graham (R-SC), Nay 
Grassley (R-IA), Nay 
Hatch (R-UT), Nay 
Heller (R-NV), Nay 
Hoeven (R-ND), Nay 
Hutchison (R-TX), Nay 
Inhofe (R-OK), Nay 
Isakson (R-GA), Nay 
Johanns (R-NE), Nay 
Johnson (R-WI), Nay 
Kyl (R-AZ), Nay 
Lee (R-UT), Nay 
McConnell (R-KY), Nay 
Moran (R-KS), Nay 
Paul (R-KY), Nay 
Portman (R-OH), Nay 
Risch (R-ID), Nay 
Roberts (R-KS), Nay 
Rubio (R-FL), Nay 
Sessions (R-AL), Nay 
Shelby (R-AL), Nay 
Thune (R-SD), Nay 
Toomey (R-PA), Nay 
Vitter (R-LA), Nay 
Wicker (R-MS), Nay

These R's (and Lieberman) voted Yes (and I may have missed at least 1 R in there):
Ayotte (R-NH), Yea 
Barrasso (R-WY), Yea 
Brown (R-MA), Yea
Collins (R-ME), Yea 
Lieberman (ID-CT), Yea 
Lugar (R-IN), Yea 
McCain (R-AZ), Yea 
Snowe (R-ME), Yea

(And I don't know what's up with this guy:
Kirk (R-IL), Not Voting)
(What I'm not sure about is what "not voting" means, exactly? Abstained? Absent?) (Note: see answer to this in the comments.)
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I am having to hit the mute button whenever a Rick Perry commercial comes on; he babbles on about intrusive federal government and the 10th amendment, and it just sends me into a rage. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that he's apparently going to win the Republican nomination for re-election quite handily - I am unsure if a Democratic candidate is thought to have a chance in hell of unseating him. (I know Bill White, the very popular former mayor of Houston, is running on the D. side, but I have no idea if White has any kind of statewide name recognition at all, or who else is running. I think he (White) is rich, though, so that might help some.) The last R. poll I saw had something like Perry 40%, Senator Hutchison 22%, and the crazy tea-party woman whose name I can't remember at something like 19%. So that gives you an idea what we're looking at on the Republican side.
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Do the Republicans really think that what Harry Reid said is equivalent to what Trent Lott said back in the day, or are they just grabbing at straws? I mean, clearly what Reid said was tactless, but that it's the same as making pro-segregationist remarks? Are they really that stupid, that they don't see the difference? or are they just trying to make trouble? They're so crazy these days that I honestly don't know.

I was going on about Devil Wears Prada and stuff yesterday, and I completely forgot to say that we went to see Zombieland at the Dollar Cinema yesterday. (Which is actually $1.50 nowadays, even for a matinee. I hadn't been there in ages.) Rob had convinced me that I would like it, and I did. Apparently I only like zombie movies when they're comedies. It wasn't as good as Shawn of the Dead, but it was good. Bit gross in places, but not too bad, considering.

And I'm beginning to think that I am going to have to reconsider hating Woody Harrelson. It's very disconcerting, really, suddenly finding somebody you've hated for years turn tolerable.

It's finally getting warmer here. We've had freezing temps at night for days and days, which is very unusual for us. I've had a sheet over my plants all weekend. (It was the Norfolk pine I was mostly worried about.) I think I can go take it off tomorrow, because apparently it's not actually freezing tonight, although it's still pretty chilly.

Good lord, it's 2:00 already. I gotta go get some studying done before bedtime.
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Funny for today: Ricky Gervais singing a lullaby to Elmo:

(That is Elmo, right? You can tell I don't have kids.) (Found on The Daily Dish.)

Also from the Daily Dish, the crazies are out and they're all running for public office:
"To think that we can save the Constitution without God's help when the government of the United States is corrupt is absurdity. We are in America's second Revolutionary War to save our freedom, which we paid for with blood. We need God's help and I'm not ashamed to ask for it,"  - Rex Rammel, Idaho gubernatorial candidate.

(That's not the first example of this I've seen. There was also the guy who said we ought to be more worried about Democrats than about terrorists - I think that one is running for Congress.)

I've been reading [ profile] yuki_onna 's The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making - it's very entertaining. It's a long YA story (in 24 chapters) which is entirely up online. (There's even audio!)

Added: I dug further down the Daily Dish website and found the other quote I was talking about:
“Our country is being destroyed. Every generation has had to fight the fight for freedom… Terrorism? Yes. That’s not the big battle. The big battle is in D.C. with the radicals. They aren’t liberals. They are radicals. Obama, Pelosi, Walz: They’re not liberals, they’re radicals. They are destroying our country ... This [health insurance bill] is the most insidious, evil piece of legislation I have ever seen in my life… Every one of us has to be totally committed to killing this travesty… I have to kill this bill,” - congressional candidate Allan Quist.

"Walz" is the poor schmuck this fundamentalist is running against.

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I have C-SPAN on (which, for all my interest in politics, I only very rarely watch) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is currently enumerating the "faults" of the healthcare bill. I see plenty of faults in it but I don't think most of the ones he sees are the same ones I see. In any case, I have been saying for a while that some sort of healthcare bill is going to pass because the Democratic Party knows it's screwed if it doesn't - I could still be proven wrong when it comes down to the conference committee but I gather the Senate is supposed to have the votes to pass this tonight.

I have been trying to figure out all day what to say about Avatar, and I can't say my thoughts are too coherent about it, still, so here are my rather disjointed ones. I did enjoy it quite a lot, but I think its mindblowing effects are overstated, on the whole. (Or at least, it failed to blow mine too thoroughly.) I did not particularly see it as racist - see here if you're not already aware of that debate. I felt like Cameron thought that the Na'vi, the blue-skinned natives, were superior to the humans not because they were noble savages or anything like that but more because of the way they were connected with nature. I think this movie is to a great degree a treatise on the "rape of the land" and concepts like that, and how many people are going to disagree with that? And I rather agree with [ profile] cleolinda  that its attitude towards the disabled bothered me as much as the other stuff (although I apparently liked it considerably more than she did, overall). It was certainly a pretty thing to look at - and I also have to admit that I continue to think Sam Worthington is really pretty to look at, just as I did in Terminator: Salvation. I suspect there are technical ways, if nothing else, in which this movie will genuinely be groundbreaking, but comparing it with Star Wars as a game-changer? Not hardly.

Ooh, they are voting on cloture. This seems like a pretty big moment.

I have a jewelry class tomorrow night - [ profile] columbina  take note. I keep forgetting about it. I signed up for it about a month ago and promptly forgot all about it. It's a good thing I wrote it down in the datebook I keep in my purse. And the girl who signed me up for it wrote my name and address down on a loose piece of paper, so I hope it got written down somewhere more permanent because I doubt that I know where my receipt from a month ago is.

Cloture passes, 60-40. And huh, they are now having a roll-call. Is somebody missing, is that what that's about? I saw them wheel Byrd in at the beginning so I know he's there. Interesting.

I better go get some beads together for this class. I know me, I'll be running late tomorrow. And if I walk in that store without a pretty good selection I'll end up buying a whole lot of stuff. Happens every time.

(The Senate just adjourned; I'm still not sure what that roll-call business was. The ways of the Senate seem to be exceedingly mysterious.)
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(This is not my official Holidailies entry, which was earlier - be sure not to miss it, though, as it's all about movie scores and the question of whether James Horner is a hack.)

With apologies to Col, who said he didn't want to hear any more about the L-word, I just have to link to this great NYT times article, which floats a number of theories about just what the hell is going on with the whole healthcare thing, my favorite being that "Joe's just not very smart." (The article is a couple of days old, so many of you have probably seen it already, but presumably I'm not the only one in the world who hadn't!)

I have finally "let" iTunes fully rotate the Christmas music in. I had forgotten that I bought a number of classical Christmas albums last year and the year before - mostly vocal music - so my Christmas music is dominated by lovely antiphonal choral pieces rather than by Bing Crosby - although he's in the mix somewhere too.

I have given up on studying for the evening. I listened to the lecture on the respiratory system three times because I kept looking at scrapbooking supplies and losing track of what the lecturer was talking about. (I apologize to her in advance if she happens to be reading here, but the lecturer in my class just plain lacks oomph. Losing track is a very easy thing to do.)wanna hear more about crafts? )
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There was a high-school kid in Starbucks earnestly explaining to the girl with him that the Bush administration wasn't as bad as their reputation, because, you see, the Democrats controlled Congress and all those bad bills that got passed during the Bush administration were all their fault. I really had to bite my lip. Of course the problems with this are numerous - I suppose the kid's probably not even old enough to remember the first SIX YEARS of the Bush administration during which the Democrats did NOT control Congress in any way, shape or form. And I don't really think controlling half of Congress during the last two count, either, do you? (Hmm, I think it's possible I am a little tetchy on the subject of Congress right now, anyway. They all need to get lumps of coal for Christmas. Whether they celebrate Christmas or not.)
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Rather baffling exchange on tonight's "Hardball":
Matthews is interviewing Haley Barbour, who is the Republican governor of... some state. I'm resisting the urge to go look it up, because I don't much care. Maybe Michigan, maybe Mississippi. (I think maybe it's the latter, actually.)

Matthews: Is Sarah Palin qualified to be president?
Barbour: Well.... she's certainly constitutionally qualified.
Matthews: You're not answering my question. Is Sarah Palin qualified to be president?
Barbour (without too much enthusiasm): Sure, she's qualified. Why not?
Matthews: Why won't you answer my question?

The thing that I find baffling is that Matthews considers that to be a non-answer (or maybe he was really trying to get Barbour to say something bad about her - that seems somewhat more plausible). To me that first answer is very very clear - it's practically the textbook definition of "damning with faint praise," isn't it? She's constitutionally qualified? Well, yeah. So is my dad, but I wouldn't vote for him for president, either.

(OK, I looked: it's Mississippi. And here's the video. My version above is a paraphrase, of course, but upon listening again, it's fairly accurate as a quick summary of that exchange.)

I think I've mentioned before that I watch a lot of MSNBC at night. I love Rachel Maddow unreservedly, and I love Keith Olbermann when he's not doing his "funny" voices. I love Chris Matthews some of the time. I like "The Ed Show" on the rare occasions when Ed quits yelling. But mostly I'm watching for Rachel and Keith. Luckily MSNBC knows where their bread is buttered, and during the overnight hours they rerun Keith three times, Rachel twice, and Chris and Ed once each. (I noticed a similar pattern on CNN a while back: Anderson Cooper was getting rerun a whopping four times, Larry King twice, and Lou Dobbs once. At 3am. I was pretty sure even then that Lou's days on CNN were numbered.) I usually watch my two favorites all the way through at least once, and I will go back and find them on iTunes' podcasts if I somehow manage to miss them completely. I don't ever bother with podcasts for the others. I often don't make it through Ed even once if he's really in shouty mode. And at 4am my time, when they go to live news, I more often turn it off, if I've made it that far. I usually feel like I'm caught up enough on the news by that point - not that much generally happens in the overnight hours, anyway. (And after the 4am news, they go into their more conservative mode with "Morning Joe" and such and I can't usually tolerate that for long.)
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Dick Cheney is apparently supporting Kay Bailey Hutchison (the current Senator and challenger to Rick Perry, Mr. Secession's-Not-So-Bad) in the Texas governor's race next spring. Sarah Palin is said to be supporting Perry. I still think Perry's going to win, unless something changes more radically than just this, but this ought to make things a bit more interesting, at least.

*jaw drop*

Sep. 24th, 2009 01:07 am
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Sarah Palin on what caused the financial crisis:

Lack of government wasn’t the problem. Government policies were the problem. The marketplace didn’t fail. It became exactly as common sense would expect it to. The government ordered the loosening of lending standards. The Federal Reserve kept interest rates low. The government forced lending institutions to give loans to people who, as I say, couldn’t afford them. Speculators spotted new investment vehicles, jumped on board and rating agencies underestimated risks.

Now, I know expecting realism from the woman is, well, unrealistic, but really: the financial crisis happened because the government forced the lenders to give loans to the wrong people? This is a new one on me. I have always had the impression that lenders were falling all over themselves to give loans to practically anybody they could talk into taking a house, and whether the buyers could actually afford it was the least of their worries. Silly me.

Excerpts from the speech here. Other bits that caught my eye:

"You can call me a common-sense conservative."

"If you want real job growth, you cut taxes!" (Oh yeah, cause that's worked so well in the past.)

"...we are going to survive, and we’re going to thrive and expand and roar back to life. And as the world sees this, the world will be a healthier, more secure, safer and more prosperous place when this happens."

"I seem to have acquired notoriety in national debate."

(On China) "I’m not talking about a U.S.-led democracy crusade. [We’re] not going to impose our values on other countries. We don’t seek to do that. But the ideas of freedom and liberty and respect for human rights, it’s not just a U.S. idea. They’re very much more than that. They’re enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and many other international covenants and treaties." (Among other things, I don't believe for a minute that she knows or cares a damn thing about any Universal Declaration of Human Rights.)

The crazy

Sep. 3rd, 2009 02:27 am
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Random "town-hall" type on TV:
"Obama is a radical communist who's going to take over and turn us into communists like Hitler did in Germany."

Gawd. There are no words.
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Col linked to this funny bit in the Daily Kos about all these supposed libertarians wandering around lately. In the comments, I expressed the opinion that we ought to fence off part of Nevada, say, and stick them all out there with no government services and see how they like it.

I am tired of idiots. I've been very quiet for the last month mostly because I am trying to avoid the healthcare rant I want to write - not because you guys wouldn't be interested, I'm sure, but because I am incapable of being rational about it. Now there's news that there are people in Texas who actually want to try to secede. I don't know why I'm surprised. Actually I guess I'm not surprised at all that they exist; I am just pissed off at their insistence on making idiots out of themselves in public. (Although admittedly, I ought not be surprised at that, either, especially with the abundance of evidence in the past month of people's willingness to do so.) I don't think this would have a chance in hell of passing even if it did somehow get on the ballot - among other things, wouldn't it be illegal? - but I've heard some people in other states who ought to know better act like all Texans feel like this and I'm tired of being tarred with that brush. Texas is only barely a Republican state any more, although I know it's hard to believe. Like a lot of places, it's divided sharply down the urban-vs-rural divide, but urban is winning, increasingly so. And I think maybe in Texas the urban-vs-rural divide is even sharper than in other states. There are a lot of people out there on the prairie and in the small towns who may not be far from me physically, but otherwise, they might as well be on another planet.
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James Baker is on CNN (it's a repeat from earlier, I'm sure) saying he agrees with a lot of what Obama is doing about foreign policy. I always have thought - or, well, I've thought for a number of years, anyway - that Baker is generally a pretty reasonable guy, which probably makes him one of those moderates that the Republicans have famously been trying to drive out of the party, doesn't it? Bill Bennett was also on; he did not have as many nice things to say, unsurprisingly. I am almost to the point of having to turn the channel when Bennett comes on, because he's so smug it makes me want to scream. And it seems like he's always on, on one news channel or another.

I know "Bill Bennett is smug" is not exactly news. I think the point may be more that I'm in news overload, really. Except that I'm enjoying a lot of it. I am on an MSNBC tear lately, and am watching less CNN, generally. Politics interests me more than murders and much, much more than celebrity news, which makes MSNBC a much better fit for me. Especially at this moment in history, with the Republican Party pretty much in free-fall, MSNBC is a lot of fun to watch, since they are not at all shy about the mocking - in fact they tend sometimes to go overboard with the mockery, even for my taste. At least Keith Olbermann has recently given up doing his "funny" Sean Hannity voice, which was a relief, since I really like the guy otherwise. (Olbermann, I mean, not Hannity.)

I do most of my news-watching after Rob goes to bed. Before that we mostly watch baseball, this time of year. I've been watching Anderson Cooper for a while and then switching over to MSNBC when I get tired of that. Both networks fill most of the night on weeknights by repeating their prime-time shows. At 4am my time MSNBC switches back over to live news, and I think CNN does so around that same time, too - 5am Eastern is when people start getting up again, I guess. (CNN finally repeats Lou Dobbs' show at 3am, which I can't watch, thus I am unsure about what comes on after it!) I really haven't been going to bed before 4 at all lately, and often it's later than that. Everybody keeps telling me that I'm going to have trouble going back to a "normal" schedule when I get a job again, but my past history is that I slide right back to it pretty easily when I have to. But I am absolutely a natural night person, as you can tell!

I am watching CNN right now instead of MSNBC because the latter changes their late-night programming on the weekends and runs things like "Lockup" and various shows about murders. I can watch a certain amount of that but I definitely don't have the almost-endless taste for it that I do for politics. (One weekend I did get really interested in a series where they were following real-life forensic pathologists around, though.)

Bill Bennett is back on, and I just turned the TV off. I think I have a podcast of last night's "Countdown" I can watch.
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I am up because I have Things to Do and I am planning on sneaking off to the quilt show this afternoon, but I think I am going to have to make a Starbucks run in order to get my brain engaged. I did schlep the old coffeemaker over here, but I am not certain it is clean enough to use, or that we actually have any coffee other than instant - and I just do not do instant. So Starbucks it is. Besides, I can get some oatmeal, which is another thing I would never actually make for myself.

I was going to post the mini-map from, but I can't get it to work. So you'll just have to go look at it for yourself. I don't know about you but I'm afraid to believe it. Also, I would just like the election to be over please. (I would also like Sarah Palin to go away but I don't think that's gonna happen.)

I have a pair of black devil horns on a hairband that I bought at HEB weeks ago, and I am totally going to have to wear them to the quilt show, don't you think?

I almost forgot that I am supposed to be blogging posting daily starting tomorrow. We'll see how that goes.

OK, off to Starbuck's.
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I just got my "old" computer set up, finally - I was missing a keyboard, that was the hold-up there - and it's working, yay! But it's also totally freaking me out because the screen is so. fucking. gigantic. After a month of using laptops exclusively, it just seems wrong. And also, I've forgotten where the keys are on a normal keyboard. (We are using laptops at work, too, have I said that?) "Home" and "End" and "Delete" and so forth are all in different places and so I am off-kilter.

(I also think that I am coming down with something, maybe. I kinda feel like crap.)

The WoW patch is downloading, and taking forever, really. I swear it went faster on the wireless. But the wireless computer has moved  into its new home in the bedroom, where it is working fine. It should, really, but I'm still happy that everything is working as advertised.

My computer table at the moment is a little folding thing, and while I wouldn't quite go so far as to call it "rickety", it's not quite as steady as I would like. I have pushed it up against the wall so I won't be having nightmares about it falling over in the night. I definitely need to buy a computer desk soon. (Maybe I will use the gift card that an online friend so kindly sent - I won't name names but it was very appreciated, let me tell you!)

I don't think I can talk about the debates in the state of mind I'm in right now.  On CNN they are showing McCain talking about "one of the greatest frauds in voter history" - ACORN? really?? I dunno, somehow I would put the hanging chad and all of that chaos in Florida higher, myself. I mean, the whole ACORN thing is highly embarrassing, yes, but - well, that's just McCain putting spin on it and I shouldn't pay attention, should I?

Former presidents Bush and Clinton were in Galveston yesterday - they are doing the fundraising thing again. Which is good, I think we need the publicity. We got pushed out of the news by the economic meltdown and I've only seen us hit the national news as sort of an afterthought since.
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No, we're still not evacuating. Yet. The damn thing is going to be awfully close, though - the E-word is not completely off the table.

Gawd, the "Fringe" pilot cost $10 million to make? Hmm, well, I failed to get full value out of it, considering I thought the face-melty introduction was silly and turned baseball on instead. We didn't even make it to the credits.

Have we discussed baseball lately? Like the fact that the Astros have the best record in baseball since the All-Star break? Like the fact that they called a guy up from Round Rock on Monday, who showed up too late for batting practice but still hit a homer on his first pitch in the majors? Things like that have been happening right and left - well, ok, maybe not exactly like that one. But it's been fun to watch, lately.

Obligatory link about That Woman (the one whose name I am tired of hearing already): Gender? No, Culture

Here's where Ike is supposed to be going - right in a half-circle around us, practically:

(Also, I keep typing "Iko" instead of Ike. Hi [ profile] iko!)
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I know I hadn't even gotten around to posting here about Ike yet, but it looks like we are not evacuating unless it makes another unexpected turn. (They expect a turn, they just don't expect it to be enough to bring it up towards us.) Yesterday we thought there was a high chance that we would be. I guess I need to call my aunt and tell her not to buy any extra groceries yet.

In unrelated news, [ profile] columbina  linked to this column of Scalzi's and I really, really think it's right on the money. Every Democrat/liberal/progressive in America needs to stop and take a deep breath and refocus. Including me. (And possibly Obama - although considering that he's practically being ignored in the news right now, it's hard to know.)
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I'm sure this will be all over the internets before long, but but have a look at this letter from somebody in Ms Palin's home town. Unsurprisingly, it's not flattering. (If it was flattering you can bet McCain's people would have it out all over the place, after all.)  Some excerpts:

She is savvy. She doesn't take positions; she just "puts things out there" and if they prove to be popular, then she takes credit.

During her mayoral administration, most of the actual work of running this small city was turned over to an administrator. She had been pushed to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had gotten herself into some trouble over precipitous firings, which had given rise to a recall campaign.

Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a "fiscal conservative." During her six years as mayor, she increased general government expenditures by more than 33 percent. During those same six years, the amount of taxes collected by the city increased by 38 percent. This was during a period of low inflation (1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a regressive sales tax, which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she promoted benefitted large corporate property owners way more than they benefited residents.

She's not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideas or compromise. As mayor, she fought ideas that weren't generated by her or her staff. Ideas weren't evaluated on their merits but on the basis of who proposed them.

Sarah complained about the "old boy's club" when she first ran for mayor, so what did she bring Wasilla? A new set of "old boys." Palin fired most of the experienced staff she inherited. At the city and as governor, she hired or elevated new, inexperienced, obscure people, creating a staff totally dependent on her for their jobs and eternally grateful and fiercely loyal — loyal to the point of abusing their power to further her personal agenda, as she has acknowledged happened in the case of pressuring the state's top cop.

Anyway. Nothing really unexpected, but definitely interesting.
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Will somebody please tell me what was supposed to be so great about The Court of the Air? I finished it, because I was determined to (and because I paid I-forget-how-many dollars for the hardback), but ugh. It had some good bits in it, here and there, but mostly it was a mess. I totally don't get it.

In other questions, I came in for the end of McCain's speech, and there was a lot of screaming and there certainly are a lot of balloons, but it sounded like a whole bunch of platitudes strung together. Did I miss anything more interesting? (Despite the screaming, the placard-wavers didn't even seem that enthusiastic, to tell you the truth.)
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Who says there wasn't much McCain (or "McBush") bashing at the convention? Here's some examples from people not named Clinton, Obama or Biden. (I was reading Daily Kos this morning, so that's where I found a lot of this stuff.)

John McCain's version: There's no place like home...or a home...or a home...or a home...or a home...
-- Kathleen Sebelius

Barry Goldwater ran for president, and he lost. Mo Udall ran for president, and he lost. Bruce Babbit ran for president, and he lost. For this next election, that's one Arizona political tradition I'd like to see continue.
-- Janet Napolitano

If (McCain)'s the answer, then the question must be ridiculous.
-- David Paterson

John McCain calls himself a maverick, but he votes with George Bush more than 90% of the time...that's not a maverick, that's a sidekick.
-- Bob Casey

And something (mostly) not McCain related, from Peggy Noonan, of all people:

As for Bill Clinton's speech, halfway through I thought: The Master has arrived. Crazy Bill, the red-faced Rageaholic, was somewhere else. This was Deft Political Pro Bill doing what no one had been able to do up to this point at the convention, and that is make the case for Barack Obama. He lambasted the foe, asserted Obama's growth on the trail, argued that he was the right man for the job and did that as a man who once held that job and is remembered, at least in terms of domestic policy and at least by half the country, as having done it pretty darn well. He gave his full imprimatur to a crowd that believes he has an imprimatur to give. As Clinton spoke a friend IM'd, "What is this, the Clinton convention?" The fact is, until both Clintons spoke, it was. Now oddly enough it isn't. Now eyes turn, and finally, to Obama. This was one of the great tee-ups.

The Hillary speech was the best of her career. Toward Obama she was exactly as gracious as she is capable of being. Mrs. Clinton's speeches are rarely notable for great lines but this one had a number of them. "It makes sense that George Bush and John McCain will be together next week in the Twin Cities, because these days they're awfully hard to tell apart." KAPOW. We'll be hearing more of that one. "Sisterhood of the travelling pantsuits" – funny and self aware. She normally doesn't use the teleprompter – actually it's rare for her to use one -- but last night she did, and she proved herself the most gifted pol on the prompter in current political history. Her statement from the floor during the rollcall? Fabulous. The decision to put Obama over the top and ask for acclamation? Masterly. Mrs. Clinton's actions this week have been pivotal not only for Obama, but for her. She showed herself capable of appearing to put party first. I also believe she has come to appreciate both emotionally and intellectually The Importance of Being Teddy. She will not be the president of the United States the next four years, but she can ease herself into the role of Teddy Kennedy-esque fighter for her issues in the Senate. And that I think is exactly where she means to go, and what she means to be. And that, for her, is a brilliant move. Really: brilliant. Here's one reason: Teddy is, throughout his party, beloved. Beloved would be something very new for Hillary.

And finally, well, I'm not saying I agree with this one either, but it makes me laugh:
Stop being an elitist, Barack. And don't be so eloquent. I understand you, of course, but the unwashed masses don't.
-- George Will


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