My new "Think Again" column about the proliferation of right-wing politicians being hired by network news and cable news networks to beat up on liberals, who when hired, also tend to beat up on liberals. It’s occasioned by Bush adviser’s Matthew Dowd turn as the host of ABC’s "This Week" and it’s here .
And I did a Daily Beast post this morning about that crazy Republican fund-raising memo which, if you haven’t seen, you really must. It’s here.
Finally, my new Moment column is on the web and it’s called "Is Judaism Becoming Less Appealing to Men?" and that’s here.
Now here’s Charles.
Hey Doc: "It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day/I was out choppin’ cotton and my brother was balin’ hay."
Weekly WWOZ Pick To Click: "Oh, You Pretty Woman" (Washboard Rodeo) — I love New Orleans a lot more than New York ever loved Harold Ford. Just sayin’.
Part The First:
Just shut up, you FOOF. Nobody likes you Harold. Outside of the MSNBC Green Room, you have no constituency. Your ideas have even less of one. Go run for Mayor of Scarborough.
Part The Second:
The Landlord does a nice job at The Daily Beast with that completely predictable–if unutterably bizarre–RNC strategy memo. Of course, I have to give its anonymous author credit for one thing–as a political term of art, "visceral giving" is a goddamn keeper.
Part The Third:
Sometimes, I genuinely fear for the sanity of the people at Media Matters. This is a collection of quotes from a genuinely influential person in our national dialogue. Here is Pierce’s First Law Of The National Dialogue: "Nobody should be taken seriously if he regularly says things on television that would cause you to move away if you heard him say it on a crowded subway car." Yes, Newton was pithier. I’m working on it.
Part The Fourth:
If the Academy wants to give Jeff Bridges his Lifetime Achievement Oscar for "Crazy Heart", it’s OK by me. Movie’s not bad. Maggie G. (sigh) is superb. The rehab ex machina final third drags a little. I wish there had been more love given to "In The Loop", especially to Peter Capaldi’s spectacularly profane political fixer. Still the most fun I had at the movies this year.
Part The Penultimate:
OK, so my moles in Arkansas tell me a few things about this Bill Halter guy who’s decided to primary Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Footdragging) down in Arkansas. He’s talks pretty on TV and he’s certainly rolled out his campaign in a superbly professional manner. However, he apparently has what Woody Allen once called "a losing personality." He’s alienated most of the Arkansas political establishment, not because of his stalwart defense of progressive politics, but simply by being something of a dick. In other words, he’s not going to get a lot of help, even by those people who are disgusted by the fact that, on any issue worh a damn, Blanche Lincoln is pretty much a pillar of Maypo. (Added bonus – Lincoln is chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. And even though she’s so tied into big agri-business that she should be resting in a coop owned by Tyson Foods, that’s still a pretty decent amount of pork — literal and figurative — available to a pretty small state. She loses and away it goes.) What the hell, I don’t think either one of them beats whatever shoeless Christian yahoo the Republicans throw up there, anyway.