Wrapup: My new “Think Again” column is here. It’s called “That Doggone Librul Media, Caught Again… ” Also, I did a Daily Beast post this morning trying (hoping) to explain the strategy behind Obama’s apparently unwavering commitment to bipartisanship. I’m OK with it, as long as I’m right.
“She said if you’re from Texas, son/Where’s your boots and where’syour gun?/ I said, I got guns no one can see.”
Weekly WWOZ Pick To Click: “If You Want me To Stay” (Kermit Ruffins)– Once again, this week, I failed to properly arm myself before goingdowntown to convince people how much I love New Orleans.
Part The Second: Oh, goody. Loser U. has a new has-been for the fall term. What on earth could Norm F’n Coleman teach anyone about anything?
Part The Third: Good on the great Mr. Wolcott for publicizing the greatest Boston movie ever, which was made from thegreatest Boston novel ever written. And it has the best opening line of anynovel ever written about Massachusetts, Moby Dick included: “Jackie Brownat twenty-six, with no expression on his face, said that he could get someguns.”
Part The Penultimate: Sooner or later, this wholewe-are-all-Americans-reach-out-and-touch-someone’s-hand-Have-A-Coke-And-A-Smile pablum that the Obama people have been peddling since the beginning oflast year’s campaign is going to reach that stage where it becomessomething that we generally associtate with the thinking of people incults. sooner, I think.
Part The Last: Go ahead. Pick sides in this one. I dare you.
I have grown just a touch nauseated over the past couple of years bythe tendency of former Bush administration officials to take theirvestigial consciences out for a walk now that’s far too late to matter atinker’s curse to anyone. The most recent example, of course, is good ol’Tom Ridge, who has a book to peddle and who may still seek to stake out thedwindling element of his party fairly characterized as Not Insane. Thisweek, to the surprise of absolutely no sentient entity on the planet, Ridgeadmitted that the adminstration he served had jacked around with thecomical “Terror Alert” system for political purposes. (All together now,”Unpossible!”) Of course, in 2004, when the revelation might have helpedswing the election and save us from four more years of incompetence andvandalism, Ridge wasn’t half so brave. Before him, we had LawrenceWilkerson–about whom Dr. Maddow and I will have to have a chat some day–who came out and talked about what a cosmic, existential bummer it wasto have to sit there and listen to Colin Powell sling bullshit at the UNfor the purposes of justifying an illegal war of aggression. (And let usnot even get started on General Powell his own self, who could have thrownsand in the gears with a single press conference, but chose instead hislifelong default role as a reliable apparatchik.) Wilkerson said this, ofcourse, as the 2006 midterms were gathering speed and it looked as thoughthe country was going to be rendering a fairly harsh judgment on peoplelike, well, him. Now he is applauded by people who should know better assome kind of whistleblower when in fact he’s not risking a goddamn thing.