I’ve got a new Think Again column called "Conservative? Bad? How About Both?" about the shocking decline in the quality of the Washington Post op-ed page here. (Sorry, this was a bad link yesterday.)
For my Nation column, I tried to put the Wieseltier/Sullivan mishigas in a larger context in a column called "Semites and ‘Anti-Semites.’"
And I did a Daily Beast column on Mr. Paterson’s troubles and that’s here.
Also, speaking of my prophetic powers, if you’ll notice, the health care summit took us nowhere, Obama’s poll numbers are way down, and liberals, even moderates are down in the dumps. The health care bill is a depressing amalgam of concessions to the insurance industry, the pharmaceutical industry, this Blue Dog, that anti-abortion advocate, and yet, now, all of a sudden, the administration is talking about doing health care through “reconciliation”–that is ramming it through the senate with a minimum of 51 votes? Why, oh why, didn’t they do that before they let the Republicans and the lobbyists walk all over them and screw up the bill?
Well, ladies and gentlemen, I think I answered that question back in August. It was always going to be thus. Obama ran on a Rodney King “Why Can’t We All Get Along” platform, and he had to try and make good on it. The pundits demanded it and the people deserved it. But the Republicans never had any incentive to help him succeed, however, and Obama, not being stupid, knew that, too. He knew it way back when he crafted his election strategy as well. And so, I would posit, this was always the plan. Try, try, try to get the Republicans to deal—make genuine concession after genuine concession and when you’ve proven your bona fides—hell, you’ve even gone to their annual meeting, invited them to the White House to talk, etc, well, then people what choice do you have? Come in for the kill… just like you planned it. Here’s the column that the editors called “Obama’s Fake Bipartisanship” but I would have called “Obama’s Strategic Head-Fake Toward Bipartisanship.”
Now here’s Charles:
Hey Doc: "Cynthia and Jerry got a message they sayin’/’All the squares, go home!’"
Weekly WWOZ Pick To Click: "La Belle Du Cemetiere" (Lost Bayou Ramblers) — When all of y’all in NYC get yourselves dug out, I’ll still be loving New Orleans.