My new Think Again column, " What is Conservatism?" is here.
My Daily Beast piece, on Obama’s drilling desires, is here.
"And Rosemary on the gallows/she didn’t even blink/The hangin’ judge was sober/He hadn’t had a drink."
Weekly WWOZ Pick To Click: Narcotic Prayer (Chris Whitley) : You could lash me to a shiny new oil derrick in the distant Gulf Of Mexico, and I would still know New Orleans was there, and love it.
Part The First:
I would like to congratulate the Georgia state legislature for being not only morons, but also the most graceless public losers since Bob Knight quit coaching basketball. Let’s see. So the bill passes. You’re pissed. You ask the AG for a lawsuit. He looks at it, decides (rightly) that it’s a waste of his time and the taxpayers’ money. So your reply is…LET’S IMPEACH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL! And now, stepping up to the mic here on Blockhead Nite at the Chuckle Hut, let’s hear it for Lt. Governor Andre (Speed Racer) Bauer of South Carolina. The last time we did this, we threw out the entire system of government and, Andre, you ain’t James Madison. Pass. But, in general, geez, all of you go your your happy places. It’s nap time.
Part The Second:
No, stop, you guys are killing me. I swear, the RNC is turning into the Second City of political operations. Really, quit it. I can’t breathe.
Part The Third:
If Fred Hiatt had a conscience, this would bother it. A profession that can produce Jane Mayer can almost be forgiven for harboring Mark Thiessen.
Part The Fourth:
Hey, Nutsy Fagen. Knock it off, OK? And by the way, as a little dressing atop the endless word salad of Andrew (Time Magazine Thinks I’m Cool) Breitbart, I believe that Garry Trudeau’s offer of $10,000 to anyone who saw George W. Bush doing his guard duty in Alabama is still on the table. Which, by your demented logic, would prove…
Part The Penultimate:
Stupid, stupid, stupid. Politically, this is as maladroit a move as I’ve seen these guys make. (And I wonder how my friends in Shishmaref, the barrier island in the Chukchi Sea that is being eaten away because of climate change, are going to take the notion that we’re "studying" some leases in the Chukchi. It’s like making a mugging victim pay for the knife.) As energy policy, though, it’s not surprising. What we’re seeing is a Nixon-In-Reverse. In between subverting the Constitution and regularly taking the rats in his skull out for a walk on audiotape, the Trickster also gave us the EPA. For all the increasingly noxious boilerplate about the "stale arguments of left and right," if you’re a Democratic president who’s going to try to sell us on "clean coal, " more nuclear plants, and oil platforms off Chesapeake Bay, then you’ve picked a side. And it’s going to be very interesting to watch them try to do this fandango on Social Security one day.