Shorter David Brooks: “The fact that the new Republican House will totally be run by pragmatic, reasonable moderates interested in cutting deals with Democrats rather than mere obstruction gives me a Boehner.”
My very favorite part of this classic in the being-a-dutiful-stenographer-for-politicians-who-will-tell-you-whatever-nonsense-you-want-to-hear genre is this:
In 1994, Newt Gingrich talked about a Republican Revolution, but these Republicans are still suffering from the hangover. Gingrich concentrated power in the speaker’s office, weakened the committee chairmen and built his machine for speed. Today’s Republican leader, John Boehner, vows to do the opposite — to weaken the speaker’s office, decentralize authority and move step by step.
Right. And then they’ll find enough waste. fraud, and abuse in the Department of Education to pay for three more wars and a massive upper-class tax cut without increasing the deficit.
Pithier and more interesting response to some other Boehner nonsense here.
Since some complained that my lack of detailed anatomical knowledge or emergency room experience undermined my larger argument in my first Kick-Ass post, I thought I’d approach the same argument from another angle. If you’ll recall, in that post I argued that
Vaughn’s shot selection is essentially critical of Millar and Romita, Jr.’s excessive lust for representing broken human bodies.
To put it another way: in Millar and Romita’s book, the characters aren’t people so much as bodies to broken; whereas in Vaughn’s film, the characters are sympathetic people with lives to be invested in. This dynamic, it turns out, also exists in scenes that don’t involve the quantity of blood that a body can realistically bleed out. Consider the scene in which the titular hero, Dave Lizewski, teases the audience with a typical origin story:
Congrats to the Giants, and UW’s own Tim Lincecum!
The Giants’ history of torturing their fans is very underrated; the Game 6 loss in 2002 would be legendary if it had been Boston. Good for them. More thoughts later, but it was great to see. Especially with the Bushes watching.
Well, let me just tell you that the most excited I’m about is — and I’m asking Congress to pass –is the agreement to reduce our nuclear weapons. This, I think, is the most important thing, because we can talk from here to eternity — We can talk from here to eternity about doing business together but if there’s an accident, a nuclear accident of someone pulling something — as you know, there are still a huge amount of missiles that are pointed at each other for no reason.
But everyone is trying to — every country is kind of concerned about how do you get — how do you reduce that? Because there are those in America that are trying to flex their muscles and pretend they’re ballsy by saying, “we’ve got to keep those nuclear weapons.” That’s very rugged, when you say that. It’s not rugged at all; it’s an idiot that says that. It’s stupid to say that.
It’s got everything. Recognition of the problem that START is designed to help remedy, diagnosis of the faux masculinity of rejectionist talking points, and willingness to call out opponents as the morons that they are.
In the interests of compliance with the Pundit-Blogger Accountability Act of 2010, here are my revised election predictions. For the Senate I’m going to go wildly optimistic: Dems -6, winning both Colorado and Illinois, but losing Nevada. For the House, I dunno: Maybe -56? And let’s remember; on Election Day in Kentucky, only the sale of alcoholic beverages during polling hours is prohibited. I recommend that you stock up ahead of time in order to weather the difficult 6am to 6pm electoral window.
Speaking of which, this seems like a good time to revisit the standings for the Evan Bayh Award For Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Perceived Relevance to Actual Relevance ratio. It’s becoming a little tricky because the major candidates have maxed out their actual irrelevance, hence threatening their perceived relevance. Here’s how I think it shakes out:
Brett Favre. Remarkably, seems to still have the highest perceived relevance of these irrelevant entries. Troy Aikman’s outrage over even the possibility that his coach would evaluate Favre, with his unprecedented one Super Bowl ring, like any other player — as if he was trying to win or something, and would bench a player who was playing badly! — was uniquely pathetic.* And this, of course, is true. (*Note to Mike Shanahan: this doesn’t mean that benching your fading vet is always a good idea. If the answer is “Rex Grossman,” you’re asking the wrong question.)
Dallas Cowboys. The injury to the oldest exciting young QB in the game pretty much killed any perceived relevance for this year, although the fact that they’re on national TV pretty much every week the rest of the way will require some feeble attempts to claim relevance. But I’m sure the hype machine will kick in again when they have a new coach next year. Personal to Jerry Jones: Brad Childress and Norv Turner are likely to be available, and would be worthy successors! Mitigating factor: getting Dez Brant with the 24th pick really was a steal.
Notre Dame. Here we’re starting to have real perceived relevance issues. Unlike his predecessors, Kelly hasn’t been able to knock over enough tomato cans and equally overrated former powers to even create a Potemkin relevance. Maybe the Mets can trade Oliver Perez to NBC for the remainder of their TV agreement…
Shorter Verbatim Blogprof: “How refreshing that we had a President that knows how to throw a baseball. Bush didn’t ‘wrist’ it like sissy girls do.” How dreamy! Sadly, this is followed by links to several other wingers making similar observations, perhaps while scrawling hearts all over their kiddie biographies. Then the team that enabled George W. Bush to become a multi-multi-million dollar beneficiary of Texas’s welfare-for-useless-plutocrats program got its ass kicked by a team that actually built its own park.
I think we can see where this is heading: George Allen ’12! Suggested slogan: “He might be a white supremacist prick, but he can sure throw a football.”