I’ve got a new Think Again column called "Conservatives Turn to CNBC andthe WSJ for Stimulating Propaganda" and you can find it here
Also, I did a post for the Daily Beast on the amazing deal Harry Reidmanaged to cut on Tuesday night to save the health care bill here
I saw Loudon Wainwright III warm up Hot Tuna Saturday night. If you’re ever in a bad mood, and are considering going to see Loudon, allow me to suggest that you do just that. Loudon will either put you in a good mood or make you feel better about being in a lousy one. Loudon had a tough job at the Beacon on Saturday night. Hot Tuna audiences contain some ofthe world’s biggest jerks: people who get a rise out of getting scarily wasted and yelling "Hot Fuckin’ Tuna" over and over at the top of their marijuana-infested lungs. Singing emotionally complex, and occasionally even, intellectually demanding songs on an acoustic guitar with no accompaniment bespeaks either bravery or foolishness. Loudon made the most of it. At one point, he mentioned Jerry Garcia and the crowd cheered. "Wow, you people are going to be really easy to manipulate," he observed. Anyway, since he’s been around now for nearly forty years–I happened upon a rave review of his first album from The Times in 1970 or so not long ago–he can pitch the set to the crowd. Saturday night we got "The Grammy Song" in honor of his much-mentioned Grammy nomination for "The Charlie Poole Project" which I think I’ve now suggested you buy at least four times. He did some other funny new material, the highlight of which is below as I asked him to email me the lyric. (There’s aYoutube too.) I’m still waiting to hear back from Paul about how he likes it. I’ll post when I do. Now, as Hillel the Elder almost said to that wise guy, "Go listen."
THE KRUGMAN BLUES by Loudon Wainwright III
I read the NY Times it’s where I get my news Paul Krugman’s on the op-ed page that’s where I get the blues
Cause Paul always tells it like it is we get it blow by blow
Krugman’s got the Nobel prize so Krugman ought to know
When Paul goes on The News Hour to talk to old Jim Lehrer
He looks so sad and crestfallen it’s more than I can bear
And all the other experts all seem way off base
And I guess that I identify with that pissed off look on Paul’s face
When Paul gets really bummed out that’s when I get scared
But if Paul says there’s a glint of hope I feel we’ve all been spared
Sometimes when he’s on the TV in the back round you can spot his school logo
Krugman teaches at Princeton U so Krugman ought to know
He’s got that hang dog look about him Paul’s one unhappy pup
Krugman looks so downtrodden I wish he’d lighten up
And I know he wants to clue us in concerning our impending doom
But I got The Krugman Blues from all Paul’s gloom
Once I saw Krugman on a train Amtrackin’ to DC
I recognized his sad face cause I seen it on the TV
He looked up from his laptop when I said "Hello Paul"
Then I said "Keep up all the good work, Paul-you bring me down but way to go, Paul!"