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“Not I,” said the leadership

September 30, 2008 · 2 Comments

There are two basic children’s stories of ideological propaganda that defined the Cold War:

The first is the Communist tale of “The Ant and the Grasshopper.” While perhaps not a great fit with Communist values, the moral of the story is “it is best to prepare for times of necessity,” and the preparations are made by a colony doing equal work to ensure equal provisions.

The second is the Capitalist tale of “The Little Red Hen.” This story highlights the behaviorial economics of the free-rider problem; that is, nobody is willing to exert personal effort that exceeds their derived benefit from that effort, even if collectively, everybody is better off.

Well, right now we have a crisis that requires collective effort to address.  The market fell off 700 points yesterday, and that’s not even a sound indicator of how bad things are due to the SEC ban on short-selling.  The lending markets are absolutely frozen, because we have ZERO political leadership willing to do what’s necessary.

Who will lead this bail-out?

–”Not I,” said the President, who refused to use the bully-pulpit to twist the arms of the House Republicans.  “I’m already unpopular as it is.  I don’t want to do any more damage to the party.”

–”Not I,” said John McCain, who refused to rally his party around a bipartisan effort.  “I don’t really understand the issue, and I’ve staked too much politically on being perceived as decisivie on the politically popular side of this issue, whatever it may end up being.”

–”Not I,” said Barack Obama, who was gaining popularity as the economy tanked.  “I don’t want to introduce presidential politics into delicate negotiations.  This needs to be bi-partisan so we share the political fall-out.  Otherwise I’m staying arms-length away.”

–”Not I,” said the House Republicans, who were getting angry calls about bailing out Wall Street.  “My constituents vote on emotion — we’ve cultivated them that way.  And right now, they’re angry.  I’m not sticking my neck out any further with this administration… I don’t care what the long-term consequences may be.  Let’s wait until after the election.”

–”Not I,” said Nancy Peloisi.  “The Republicans double-crossed us.  After all the concessions we made on a bill we didn’t want, they promised the votes, and didn’t deliver.  I’m not letting our party take ownership on this… it’s way too unpopular.”

So who’s going to be the Little Red Hen here?  Who’s going to say, “Then I’ll do it”?

Isn’t that what leadership is supposed to be?  Or is our politically system that handicapped?

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Did McCain Grandstand to Crowd Out Palin?

September 25, 2008 · Leave a Comment

That’s the rumor. If you watch Palin with Couric, she was God awful:

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September 18, 2008 · Leave a Comment

The other day, a friend of mine sent a mass e-mail to a group of guys from college with the subject MY. LIFE. IS. OVER.  He had gone in for an annual check-up with his physician, and had been prescribed Propecia, to preemptively combat male-pattern baldness.

We were all surpisingly sympathetic/supportive (surpisingly so because just a few years ago, we would have collective laughed hysterically.  Funny what three years removed from college will do to you.  This is why driver’s insurance premiums for young men drop precipitously at age 25).

What was more interesting is that we had a few responses (including the one in my mind) that said:  “Wow, you can do that?  Maybe I should schedule an appointment…”

My point here is that my post a few days ago highlighting the importance of Virginia as an electoral battleground, urging my friends there to volunteer a weekend or two to canvass, inspired me to sign up and canvass in my own neighboring state of Pennsylvania (the weekend of October 11th, if anyone would like to join me/carpool).

I know I have friends who read this blog in California.  Go sign up to volunteer in Nevada! Are you in law school at Michigan?  Get your whole class to volunteer! And of course, if you’re in DC, you’ve got to get down to Virginia at least once.

Other people are doing it, and you should too!  I know you are busy, but so are the people who are signing up.  Think about it this way:  if one or two days of your work could make the difference between 4 years of Obama as president and McCain as president, wouldn’t you do that in a heartbeat?

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The Bias of the AP

September 12, 2008 · 2 Comments

So the event I attended last night basically got zero media attention, first because it was on MTV, but second because apparently Sarah Palin was busy flubbing about what the Bush Doctrine means.

But of the media coverage… on an event that was split 50/50 in terms of time allotted to the candiate, THIS is the official story from the Associated Press.

A brief content analysis shows that McCain’s name is mentioned 9 times, and he gets the photo, the lead, the close, and shares the headline.

Obama’s name is mentioned 4 times, and his views at the event are not discussed until the final two paragraphs (and McCain still gets the close on them!)

Now, it may seem most newsworthy that McCain, also a Republican, would be critical of Bush for not asking his country to serve.  But goddamnit, Obama holds the same criticism of Bush!

It’s just one article, but it’s the Associated Press, and it’s by-lined by two reporters.  Presumably they watched the first hour when McCain spoke, then went and caught drinks.  Because this is not objective or balanced reporting.

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Seven Years Later, a Service Mandate

September 12, 2008 · Leave a Comment

A long day… my article is up at the Huffington Post though, so check it out if you get a chance.

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A Plug

September 12, 2008 · Leave a Comment

In exchange for the free lunch:


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John McCain

September 12, 2008 · Leave a Comment

really whistles when he talks.  I was thinking, if I didn’t understand English, it would sound like a pretty harsh language coming out of his mouth.  Maybe the mic accentuates it, but it’s really pretty amazing.

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Almost Famous

September 11, 2008 · Leave a Comment

I’m in the media holding room at the ServiceNation Summit, where Obama and McCain will speak tonight.  I got a press pass through the Huffington Post, and two people have approached me with “you look familiar… should I recognize you?” 

It’s soul-crushing to say no, but I think the beard and glasses make me look like a real serious internet star.

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More on Palin

August 29, 2008 · 3 Comments

via Wikipedia…

Palin was selected as the runner-up in the 1984 Miss Alaska contest.  Runner-up!  That’s classic.

She has five kids, the youngest of which has downs.  She had  her youngest son at the age of 44 (which I consider irresponsible but hey, it’s not my body), and pre-natal tests indicated he had an additional chromosome.  This will energize the right to life discussion, undoubtedly.  What a dumb distraction.

She won the 2006 Gubernatorial election with… get this… 114,697 votes!  Really?  I’m pretty sure more people vote in Irvine for freaking mayor.  Now she’s a heartbeat away from running the country?

Look, John McCain has led a hard life.  He’s 72 years old… far older than Tim Russert or Bernie Mac or anyone else you want to point to who died unexpectedly.  Maybe it’s rude to suggest, but the relative odds of him dying in office are MUCH higher than say, Bush, Clinton or (especially) Obama.  If he dies, we’re now being led by someone with 2 years of governance, and presumably ZERO foreign affairs knowledge/experience?

As an American, with a rooting hedged interest for the best possible candidates from each party, I am uncomfortable with this pick.

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Sarah Palin

August 29, 2008 · 1 Comment

My friends…choosing a woman makes sense, but methinks the vetting process of Kay Bailey Hutchinson must have gone terribly wrong.  It’s hard to attack Obama for being inexperienced when your own Veep has less than 2 years in a major political office.

Alaskan politics is about oil, and an Alaskan VP means drilling in ANWAR.  All of the eggs are now in the “lower the price of gasoline” and “reduce dependency on foreign oil” baskets.  Let it be remembered that Hillary Clinton tried this approach, and lost.

I’d like to think that Americans are more intelligent, and that their problems more substantial, than to vote on the promise of cheaper gas.  And if not, I’m willing to forfeit this experiment in democracy for good.

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